Okay, so this is my latest product! I have kids who are not readers (or not good ones) who are at the point where they're starting to say some words. I've been looking for a board to help them, and that's what this core board is specifically designed for.
Many of my other boards have multi-meaning pictures. I and me, for instance, are all one square. See/watch/look is another. This board does not do that, except with those words that are homophones (such as know and no). The entire idea is less to teach a concept and more to teach speech. Whichever homophone was the easiest to convey in a picture is the one I used - such as the letter B for the word "be". You can model the concepts and the student will figure them out that way, but the entire idea is that we're trying to cue sounds.
For that reason, there are an awful lot of articles and prepositions on this board! This way you can teach and model grammatically correct speech from the get go - ie "I want to eat" instead of "I want eat".
Finally, it explicitly encourages playing with phonemes. If your student wants to say they're upset, they can point to up, then to set. If they want to say the word bean, they can touch be and then 'n'; use is "you" and then "s". I included about five of the most common word endings/startings (-y, s, d, t, ing, etc), to encourage this playing with phonemes and to allow for many more words than the board could otherwise convey.
The flip boards from my other communication board can also be added on top of this one, to allow for more nouns!
I'm adding the graduated boards in just a bit, I've made some changes to the main board and need to update them. When I do, start with the one with the most pictures you think your student can handle and move up from there.
If you want to edit the pictures, rather than just print the doc, I would recommend getting on a good, strong computer. Having ALL those pictures can really be a bit tough to handle for some of the older school computers. You may find the version on page two (a single image version, ie without all those pictures for word to juggle) to be easier on your computer.