|It doesn't mean eating more apples...|
|or strengthening your abdominal muscles.|
AAC users work on their core vocabulary in order to communicate.
With a few hundred words, a person can say over 80% of what is needed (Vanderheiden and Kelso, 1987)
For people who rely on AAC, appropriate use of core vocabulary is essential to effective communication (Yorkston, Dowden, Honsinger, Marriner, and Smith,1988; Fried-Oken and More, 1992; Baker, Musselwhite, & Kwasniewski, 1999). If use of core vocabulary is low, communication effectiveness is likely to suffer.
Language is: asking, telling, commenting, correcting, directing, choosing, tattling, arguing...not just naming things.
With core words, now we're talking! Take a look:
Are you working on your core?
Photo credit: Pixabay Disclaimer: Views in the Not Being Able to Speak series are derived from my personal experience with Carter. I do not speak on behalf of others with complex communication needs. It is not my intent to minimize or disregard the power of expression that can be found through the use of augmentative and alternative forms of communication.