PrAACtically June: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words

May 25, 2017 by - 2 Comments

PrAACtically June: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words
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The month is drawing to a close and that means it’s time to prepare to highlight a new set of core words. If you’re helping an AAC learner become more capable in using high frequency words to express themselves, we hope you join us in highlighting the June words and creating opportunities for our AAC learners to use them throughout the day. Whether you are following along with the 2013 Year of Core  (Set 1-12 words/month) or the 2014 A(nother) Year of Core:  (Set 2-16 words/month; Different than the previous year’s core words), or just getting started, here are some helpful resources.

Our June words are listed below.

Set 1 (2013) List: after, am/be/is, because, can, cold, fast, fun, have, hungry, let, need, talk

Set 2 (2014) List: about, back, buy, grandmother, hand, inside, lose, move, okay, people, quiet, short, show, two, water, yellow

We can teach and model these individually, and also in sentences. Tim DeLuca shares some ideas to get us started (download here).

PrAACtically June


Reading is such a great way to build experiences with core vocabulary. Here are some book suggestions if you are looking for ways to incorporate core word practice into your storybook reading with AAC learners.

Looking for more ideas? Check out the calendar Rachael Langley shared with us for the Set 1 words (2015 June Calendar of Core Word Ideas).

PrAACtically June: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Words

We appreciate the support of Heidi LoStracco, Brian Whitmer, Eric Sailers, Tim DeLuca, Lisa Timm, Nancy Inman, Barbara Fernandes Alison Wade, Eric Sailers, Russell Cross, Gail Van Tatenhove, Bill Binko, Rachael Langley, and all the others who created these resources and allowed us to share them. 

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  • Gina says:

    Can you please help me? I don’t know what to do with these and my son have very little desire to use the program. 🙁 Is there a way to intrigue him?

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Gina, the best way to get kids to use their AAC systems is for all of us adults – parents, therapist, teachers – to use it whenever we speak to him. This strategy, aided language input, has a good research base and those who are employing it in their homes, clinics, and schools are seeing really positive outcomes in many cases. You may want to work with your son’s team to prioritize use of this strategy for the next 6 months and then reflect on changes that you are seeing in his use of the AAC system. Good luck with this!

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