A “How-to” Workshop-How to Teach and How to Get Children to Learn Early Language Skills


August 24-25, 2015, Denver, CO


The focus of this two day seminar will be to provide learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for the use of core vocabulary as it pertains to language and vocabulary development for augmented communicators as well as how to integrate the use of core vocabulary as a primary strategy for targeting communication and language in home and academic settings.   In addition, the presenters will address language instruction from the perspectives of a linguistics approach and a verbal behavior approach. Language representation methods will be discussed as they pertain to AAC as will the implementation of core vocabulary in educational settings.



Bruce Baker, A.M., L.H.D.

William J. Helsel, Ed.D., BCBA

Tracy M. Kovach, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain why core vocabulary, not extended vocabulary, should be emphasized in AAC intervention.
  2. Describe the relationship between the use of core vocabulary and normal language development.
  3. Describe the similarities between the linguistic approach and the verbal behavior approach to communication and language development.
  4. Define linear and relational semantic encoding strategies in language representation methods.
  5. Explain the Autoclitic Language Usage method and its application for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  6. Identify two key differences between referential and descriptive teaching strategies.
  7. Discuss strategies that enable students who use AAC to demonstrate learning to demonstrate learning within the components of Bloom’s Taxonomy.



This activity is offered for up to 1.3 CEUs (13.0 hours of instruction). To register for CEUs:
  1. Download, and complete the following forms.
  2. Save the files names: 150921_SCS_August24-25_Attendance Form-Lastname-Firstname.xls
  3. Send both files to ceus@aacinstitute.org
  4. CEU certificate will be sent after submitting the two forms

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