Core Language Learning: Make It Fun and Interactive!!


September 22-24, 2015, Pittsburgh, PA


Professionals need to build knowledge and skills to conduct assessments for AAC systems that result in improved performance and outcomes. AAC assessment is critical to drive treatment decisions and monitor progress. 


Bruce Baker, PhD

Deborah Laurent Witkowksi, MA, CCC-SLP

Tracy M. Kovach, PhD, CCC-SLP

Russell Cross

Dr. Caroline Musselwhite

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 difference between a needs-based communication display and a language-based communication display.
  4. Discuss the impact of motor automaticity in the successful use of AAC devices.
  5. Summarize the RPM-GO strategy to teach and generalize core language skills.
  6. Describe at least one strategy to teach core language through books, songs or poems.
  7. Review how to set up a communication circle to support core language learning.
  8. Identify two key differences between referential and descriptive teaching strategies.
  9. 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 2.0 CEUs (19.5 hours of instruction). To register for CEUs:
  1. Download, and complete the following forms.
  2. Save the files names: 150924_SCS_Sept__Lastname-Firstname.xls
  3. Send both files to
  4. CEU certificate will be sent after submitting the two forms

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