AAC CORE Vocabulary Starter Kit For Special Education & Students With Autism

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The Dabbling Speechie
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Love the starter kit! I've used it with many of my littles in K who came in with limited to no familiarity with visuals.
Love using core boards with my younger students. These boards have helped increase MLU on many of my younger kiddos with limited language skills.


The perfect low-tech AAC starter kit for students who are non-verbal or have limited verbal expressive language! Students with communication needs benefit from visual supports to functionally communicate. 

This AAC starter kit for Special Education & students with Autism is perfect for students needing to improve their ability to greet, request items, make comments, initiate questions and more! 

Designed to promote AAC implementation and support communication in nonverbal students. This visual communication system kit includes communication boards and communication books featuring core vocabulary for AAC that aligns with research on the most important words for communication.

The augmentative communication boards allow for customization and are perfect for students who need a more tailored approach to communication. With this AAC Core Vocabulary Starter Kit, you can be confident that your students will be on the path to becoming successful communicators.


  • Behavior Visuals For Students With Autism Set
  • AAC Communication Flipbooks
  • CORE Boards with Fringe Vocabulary for a File Folder & Social Story Interactive Books

Behavior Visuals For Students With Autism Set:

  • Visual schedule templates 8-17
  • Picture icons for the visual schedules 18-21
  • Visuals for a visual necklace and/or to make a poster board size CORE board for the classroom 22-25
  • “I feel” “I need” communication board 26-27
  • Picture visuals for the I feel/I need communication board 28-29
  • First/then charts with visual icons 29-35
  • Working for charts and visual icons 36-40
  • Listening with your whole body poster, visual reminders and icons (black and white versions included) 41-47
  • Behavior expectation visuals for your lanyard or key ring. Color and black and white version included 48-53
  • Visuals to increase communication for needs in the classroom 54
  • Behavior contract visual charts 55-57
  • Visual reminders for how to answer a question during classroom instruction 58
  • Voice Volume visual poster and smaller versions for student’s desk and work areas 59-61

AAC Communication Flipbooks:

This file contains templates for creating your own low tech communication book for students.

There are five different templates of AAC communication flipbooks ranging from 4 icons with tabs, 9 icons with tabs, 16 icons with tabs and 20 CORE board with fringe vocabulary. There is also greeting communication boards included.

All of these templates come in an editable PowerPoint, so you can customize pages for your student's communication needs.

CORE Boards with Fringe Vocabulary for a File Folder & Social Story Interactive Books:

  • Page 2: Print on cardstock, laminate and use as visuals for any student that is non-verbal and/or needs alternative aids for communication.
  • Page 3: Use with the file folder CORE board with fringe.
  • Page 4: Use with the file folder CORE board with fringe. This board has less icons for students that cannot handle too many words. Add more words as they develop.
  • Page 5: Use this CORE board independently or with the file folder fringe words. It has 35 words and is for a student that is ready to handle more vocabulary words, but continues to need static boards.
  • Page 6: Directions for how to assemble CORE boards and fringe vocabulary words
  • Page 7: Visuals of some of the activities
  • Page 8-16: Fringe vocabulary for popular toy items
  • Page 17-20: Fringe vocabulary for snack and craft activities
  • page 21-22: Visuals for how to make pumpkin scented play dough for stove and microwave version
  • Page 23-24: Visuals for how to make mini pizzas in either a toaster oven or a larger oven
  • Page 25-32: Greetings social story interactive book (black and white version)
  • Page 33-40: Greetings social story interactive book (color)
  • Page 41-46: Greetings social store interactive book for at home with family (color)
  • Page 47-48: Greetings communication board (use with real life photos of familiar people)
  • Page 49-57: Templates for making a communication board for class and home
  • Editable blank slides that you can customize with icons/photos/pictures that you need specifically for your students!

➡️ Head over to my blog to see more pics and a video of what is included in my AAC Starter Kit. You can also download my two AAC CORE BOARDS on my blog!

USE IN THE CLASSROOM: I used these tools with moderate-severe students on the autism spectrum, but can be used with any student who is non-verbal. I worked with k/1st grade and 2nd-3rd. This helped my students who did use words to begin to create more novel utterances with LESS prompts and expanding their communication functions (greetings, protesting, commenting, showing affections, requesting more, giving opinions, etc).


  • If you are only interested in the Behavior Visuals For Students With Autism, you can buy that set separately HERE!
  • If you are only interested in the Voice Volume Visuals, you can buy that set separately HERE!
  • If you are only interested in the AAC Communication Flipbooks, you can buy that set separately HERE!

NOTE: This is a zip file, including the printable PDF file. You need an unzipping file software to access these PDF files separately.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This has been a resource that I constantly reach for every school year. There's so many helpful behavior visuals as well that are appropriate for the mod-severe classrooms that I work with.”   - Jenny N.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "I recently began working with a student who is nonverbal and had been using picture exchange at home. This was invaluable in setting her up with a communication book for use at school and will be also be a great resource for future students. "- Maraan D.

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