I’m a huge fan of using core vocabulary when targeting communication with our early intervention kids. Many of these children have a limited vocabulary, and parents are concerned about how to get their child to start talking. I always educate parents about core vocabulary. So, what is core vocabulary? According to the center for AAC and Autism, “Core vocabulary refers to the small number of words that make up >70-90% of what we say on a daily basis.” (https://www.aacandautism.com)
The next question parents have is “How do I use core vocabulary at home?” I inform them that children learn best through what is motivating to that child, and all children love to play! So, here are 4 examples of using core vocabulary with one of my favorite motivators – bubbles!
These three core vocabulary words are just a few examples of how to incorporate communication at home. When targeting these words at home, don’t forget to give your child examples of the target word by saying the word and performing the action associated with it. Make sure to positively reinforce any attempt at communicating. Please remember this may take time and multiple examples. Also, please give your little one enough time to respond!
Summer Calhoun, MS, CCC-SLP, specializes in early language disorders and articulation disorders at an interdisciplinary outpatient facility, Beyond Therapy for Kids, in Ridgeland, Mississippi.