Ready for a new school year? In the next few weeks we’ll be posting areas of assistive technology and educational technology, along with resources, that can make a significant difference for teachers, students and parents this year. Here we go:
#1 Teaching AAC with core vocabulary instruction
Teaching core vocabulary has had a huge impact on the field of AAC and this approach is essential to teach AAC effectively. This summer we dedicated a lot of our own professional development to studying as well as developing knowledge and resources in this area, in order to be able to implement a core vocabulary approach when teaching AAC. Many thanks to the Pittsburgh AAC Language Seminar Series (PALSS) and Minspeak for their excellent seminar (which takes an in-depth approach to the research and rationale behind teaching core vocabulary). In terms of tools, right now we’re using dedicated devices, apps, and low-tech too.
Recources on core vocabulary developmet
Here are some resources that we like on core vocabulary development and teaching core vocabulary:
- PRAACtical AAC posts on core vocabulary
- Gail Van Tatenhove’s resource page
- AAC language lab
- The Center for AAC and Autism
- CarolAnn Cormier core vocab page (Pinterest)
Want to suggest an additional resource? Feel free to comment below or contact us.