Core Words for the (rest of the) Month of August: Get, Make, & See

Image of a calendar with core Vocabulary

August is a month of warm temperatures, vacations, and leisure activities. Whether it be a trip to the shore, or a trip to the park, we all need words to describe what gives us pleasure.  Here are some core words for the month of August. Continue to model each word, intensively, week by week. Find all the places in your environment where this word can be used. Here are some examples that might be useful.

Have fun with this.  The goal isn’t perfection, but rather to give your consumer access to high frequency words.  They form the Core of Language. And we all deserve the chance to learn.

Examples of sentences using core words:


  • Get ice cream
  • Get a tan
  • Get tickets for the movies
  • Get outside
  • I’m getting too hot
  • Get out of the car


  • Make a picnic
  • Make plans for the weekend
  • Put on make up (rock that functional use of the home page.)
  • Make out (yes, having relationships is for everyone, but it must be consensual!)
  • Make burgers on the BBQ
  • Make lemonade


  • See the ocean
  • See a concert
  • Go to the see (use homophones for rapid communication)
  • See the fireflies
  • See the stars

Have fun planning leisure activities for the remainder of the summer.  Look for and create opportunities to use these words every day. Let’s make opportunities to get outside and see the sights.  Put core vocabulary into your daily routine, offer choices, and don’t forget to have fun!

What if your consumer doesn’t like anyone touching their AAC?  Take a screenshot of the home page and make a low tech core board.  You can model and still have a match to the layout on their device. Click on the image below for a PDF of the calendar page.

Image of a calendar with core Vocabulary

What if your consumer doesn’t have a device yet?  Print out a core board from and model on!  You can print out the calendar and hang it in a prominent place.  It may give you some ideas, or act as a reminder to model AAC.  Or you can borrow a speech generating device or app from PIAT’s AT Lending Library!

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Kathryn Helland

Kathryn is a certified speech-language pathologist and works with children and adults with complex communication needs. She has been with the TechOWL team since 2015 and is currently working on her doctorate. She would like to examine how to best support AAC users in higher education.

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