BIG Core Vocabulary Classroom Board, Low Tech AAC for Speech Therapy & Autism

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Do you struggle with planning functional communication therapy?

Do you leave those sessions feeling frustrated and like it nothing is working?

Add structure, consistency and fun to your sessions by using Core Vocabulary. You’ll be amazed at how you can do more with less!

Core vocabulary is a small set of simple words, in any language, that are used frequently and across contexts (Cross, Baker, Klotz & Badman, 1997). These words make up 75-80% of the words we use every day.. The Big Core Classroom Vocabulary Board is based on the DLM Core Vocabulary. This is a list of words that have been determined to be highly useful for communicating in both social and academic contexts.
Learn more here:

“In my classroom work as a speech language pathologist SLP, I have seen so many students respond well to core vocabulary. This large board makes it
easier for our students with multiple disabilities to see and to hold the cards.”

Big squares are easy for little hands to grasp and large enough to see clearly.
Made for classroom and/or speech room use
Uses DLM Core Vocabulary words which are evidence based.

Core Vocabulary:
It's not just for labeling. These words are used to comment, request and command.

Of course you want students to learn many other words, these are fringe vocabulary. But by focusing on these words you are teaching them a vocabulary that is used most often throughout the day and that they can use throughout their daily lives from classroom to playground to cafeteria to home.
Here are some examples: (think of a student using these words on the playground instead of screaming in frustration)

My turn.
Not like.
Not want.
Want it.

This set includes:

*40 core vocabulary words

*Color coded with the Fitzgerald Key (choice of pale or vibrant background)

*Detailed Instructions for assembly

*Get Started lesson plan

*Small door/table classroom board and lanyard symbols to support classroom use (12 starter words)

*Smarty Symbols are used (AAC device symbols are copyrighted)

The board is color coded by parts of speech using the Modified Fitzgerald Key (a system developed by Goossens,’ Crain, & Elder).

Modified Fitzgerald Key
Blue: Adjectives      
Green: Verbs
Yellow: Pronouns          
Orange: Nouns
White: Conjunctions
Pink: Prepositions, social words             
Purple: Questions
Brown: Adverbs      
Red: Important function words, negation, emergency words
Grey: Determiners  

Creating this board has truly been a labor of love. I hope your and your students love this as much as my students and I do.

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