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

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  1. Get two functional AAC Core Vocabulary products implementing low tech AAC in the classroom for preschool, speech therapy groups, students with autism, non verbal students and special education learners. This set includes:40 core vocabulary words (evidence based) to create a large classroom core boar
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This large AAC communication board is perfect for your students who are nonspeaking or have limited verbal language. Add visual structure, consistency and fun to your AAC sessions by using this low tech core vocabulary board. Made for special education classroom and speech room use, the big squares are easy to see clearly. Use to model language and to reinforce new vocabulary.

This set includes:

  • 40 core vocabulary words (evidence based)
  • Detailed Instructions for assembly
  • Color coded with the Fitzgerald Key (choice of pale or vibrant background)
  • Get Started lesson plan
  • Small door/table classroom board and lanyard symbols to support classroom use Smarty Symbols are used (AAC device symbols are copyrighted

What is 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 in many different environments.

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.

Core vocabulary examples: (think of a student using these words on the playground instead of screaming in frustration)

  • My turn.
  • Don't.
  • Not like.
  • Not want.
  • Go.
  • Want it.

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

  • Blue: Adjectives      
  • Green: Verbs
  • Yellow: Pronouns          
  • Orange: Nouns
  • White: Conjunctions
  • Pink: Prepositions, social words             
  • Purple: Questions
  • 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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