Providing Access to Language and Curricular Content with Core Vocabulary


Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP

About the Course

In this course, Lauren S. Enders reiterates the importance of teaching Core vocabulary to individuals with complex communication needs. She provides instruction on where to find research-based Core vocabulary lists that will be helpful for selecting appropriate vocabulary targets. In the second part of the course, she outlines the principles of the Core-based Descriptive Teaching Model that provides useful tools for avoiding an unnecessary focus on topic-specific low-frequency vocabulary in academic language teaching. This course is a recording of a presentation given at the AAC Bootcamp conference organized by Adler’s Voice in February 2016.

About the Presenter

Lauren S. Enders is a speech-language pathologist currently serving as an Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Consultant for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She has a passion for using assistive technology, including all types of augmentative and alternative communication, to support students with complex communication needs, mobility impairments, cognitive impairments, and other disabilities. She enjoys learning and teaching others how assistive technology may be used to improve access to communication, literacy, and leisure for individuals with disabilities.

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70 Minutes