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Core vocabulary is a set of words in any language used in an everyday context. Words that fall into this category include: “can,” “do,” “want,” “more,” “have,” “where,” “when,” “why,” “get,” “give,” “have,” “me,” “you,” “go,” “stop,” “yes,” “no,” etc. Children who are using an AAC device will practice communicating with these core vocabulary words along with nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc to build phrases. Research indicates that core vocabulary is just as beneficial to high-functioning students as it is too low-functioning students (Cannon, Edmond, 2009). Most of what individuals say is communicated through core vocabulary words which is why children between the ages of birth to five must be learning that vocabulary. The literature review in this poster will further explain how core vocabulary is displayed and effective for children. The focus on core vocabulary, may open up doors to other important key factors needed on an AAC device.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication device, AAC device, Nonverbal communication, Expressive Language Disorder, Receptive Language Disorder, Core vocabulary, Children
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology
College of Education and Allied Health
Communication Disorders and Deaf Education
Master of Science (MS)
Fontbonne University Archives
St. Louis, MO
Hissong, Madison, "Effectiveness of Core Vocabulary on an AAC Device in Children with Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders" (2023). 2023 SLP Posters. 25.
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