Teaching AAC Vocabulary using the Icon Family Approach


April 26, 2022


This webinar outlines a process for teaching vocabulary that uses semantic mapping, a teaching approach that builds meaning-based connections between words.  A specific protocol will be described which can be replicated by families and educational teams.  Teaching by “Icon Family” is an instructional approach that is specifically effective when teaching Minspeak® application programs such as the UNITY® and LAMP® Words for Life programs.  The protocol taught in this webinar is applicable to other Minspeak application programs, such as Core Scanner, UNIDAD, Quasselkiste 60 (German) and Wortstrategie (German).  The protocol can also be applied to other vocabulary programs, such as Word Power and Picture Word Power.


Gail Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC-SLP

Learning Outcomes:

Define an icon family

Develop an icon family tree, icon family story and at least 2 activities to teach an icon family.

Discuss the 7-step process of teaching vocabulary through the icon family approach.

Describe how to target learning at each of the levels withing Bloom’s Taxonomy.


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