A great thing about core vocabulary: High-frequency words don’t change with the season. Fall is here and it is getting colder outside. Beach days are done, and we can look forward to pumpkins and apple cider. Many of us are starting to think about Halloween costumes and buying enough candy.
Our clothes and activities may be changing, but we can still use many of the same words to talk about what we are doing. High-frequency words don’t change with the season. Here are some ways that we can use core words to talk about the fall.
Down: The sun goes down earlier
The leaves fall
We might get our a down coat out of the closet
Some people feel down when it gets dark so early
Watching football, did your team get a first down?
Turn: The leaves are turning colors
The weather is turning cold
Turn into someone else in your Halloween costume
Turn up the heat
Turn off the air conditioner
Take turns jumping into a pile of leaves or dunking for apples
See: Talk about what you see in the fall
See the leaves change colors
See the kids get on the school bus
See all the pumpkins and decorations in your neighborhood
See if your neighbor needs help raking the leaves
Go: Go Trick or Treating
Go to a costume party
Go back to school
Go get Halloween decorations
Go for a drive
Go get a pumpkin spiced latte
Play: Play scary music on Halloween
Play in the leaves
Go see a holiday play
Play football with your friends
Play tricks on Goosey Night
Make: Make a jack o lantern
Make your costume
Make some hot cider
Make a fall leaf collage
Put on scary make-up
Did you notice that four of the six core words in this list have alternate meanings? As we explore an AAC system, we will find that many words can be used in multiple ways. AAC users often find creative ways of expressing new concepts. Don’t have Halloween vocabulary? Use the word for baseball “bat” to talk about bats. Think about how you can use descriptive teaching and talking to communicate concepts without adding lots of new words to the device. If someone lets you know that they are thinking of “Creature drinks blood night”, you probably know exactly what they want to be for Halloween!
Many of the words on this list apply to both children and adults. The need to communicate doesn’t end when we leave school. If you don’t have a communication system, there are free core boards that you can print on our website.
Contact us! If you live in Pennsylvania, we can set up a video chat to talk about exploring communication strategies and devices. Pennsylvanians are welcome to borrow equipment from the AT Lending Library. Don’t let yourself be haunted by missed opportunities. If someone needs communication, this fall is a great time to start!