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Episode #116 features a description of how and why to use core vocabulary (high frequency words) as the basis for an augmentative/alternative communication system.
The entire episode was generated using only “Frequently Occurring Home and School Words“ from the list generated in the article “Vocabulary-Use Patterns in Preschool Children: Effects of Context and Time Sampling” by Christine A. Marvin, David R. Beukelman, and Denise Bilyeu published in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Volume 10 in December, 1994.
The episode demonstrates that using only high frequency words users can still elicit complex, generative language.
A.T.TIPS in this Episode -
A.T.TIP #355 – When using core vocabulary, give students the opportunity to make requests by labeling descriptors (adjectives) or qualities rather than naming an object.
A.T.TIP #356 – Give students the opportunity to direct others to allow them to realize they have an impact on how others perform or behave.
A.T.TIP #357 – When it comes to functional augmentative alternative communication (or any communication for that matter) meaning trumps form (syntax). The meaning of a message is more important than how it is said.