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This resource provides a variety of teaching activities and strategies to teach the early 40 core words. Use of core vocabulary words has been shown to provide AAC users with the vocabulary they need to serve most of their communication needs.
The researchers who’ve developed the Developmental Learning Maps (DLM ) have identified a basic core of 40 words that are a beginning word set to meet the needs of emerging communicators.
The activities for teaching use of core words in this resource are similar to my other AAC implementation Activities and Games for a Year of Core and Teach Me Core Words resources.
I have provided both suggestions for using core words in every day routines and activities, as well as activities to simulate other real-life activities that you may not have access to within your intervention setting or classroom.
There are 4 target core words per week (although not presented in the same 4-word groups as developed by the UNC-Chapel Hill group), planned out over 10 weeks.
For each week of 4-words there are 5 days worth of activities for implementing/teaching them.
Core words used are:
look, this, is, mine
I, want, like, it
you, have, more, different
not, where, help, go
he, can, do, that
finished, put, need, stop
get, here, don’t, open
turn, are, some, she
what, in, all, on
who, over, up, when
You may need a different pace for your students, and that is certainly fine.
✯ Move at a pace that works for the students you are working with; making sure to always presume competence, provide maximum opportunities for genuine communicating, and use the least intrusive cues and prompts possible.
✯ Consistent partner use of Aided Language Stimulation is crucial.