Engineering Core Vocabulary into Your Classroom: The Where, the What, and the How!

Live Broadcast Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT18-WEB30-AR
Webinar Fee: $39

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“Core vocabulary” is a buzz phrase that has emerged and exploded within the field of augmentative and alternative communication in recent years. Professionals are beginning to understand core vocabulary as it is defined, but the implementation process of such words continues to be a widespread challenge. Using case studies, product demonstrations, and a systematic lesson plan design, this presentation will focus on moving teams beyond the basic definition of core vocabulary and towards consistent and successful application of these high-frequency words. Ultimately, teams will learn methods for designing language-based classrooms wherein targeted vocabulary becomes incorporated naturally. When utilized appropriately, core vocabulary can become the stem from which all other learning and development grows.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify two classroom locations to incorporate core vocabulary.
  2. Participants will be able to list two technology tools and their uses to teach core vocabulary.
  3. Participants will create an AAC Instruction Plan to systematically implement core vocabulary.


Elena Fader

SLP/AAC Specialist
NEAT, an Oak Hill Center
Elena is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist at New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), an Oak Hill Center. She provides AAC consultations, evaluations, and interventions for individuals of all ages with complex communication needs and related disabilities. Elena also provides trainings and workshops to families, caregivers, and professionals to promote community awareness of technology to support communication and independence. She has extended her support beyond her immediate community by presenting at conferences at the local and national levels.

Elena attended the University of Vermont (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.A., U.S. Dept. of Ed. Autism Spectrum Disorders Fellow). She obtained her Assistive Technology Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is licensed by the state of Connecticut and by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and she is a member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 12 for AAC. In 2015, Elena collaboratively published a research article in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, aligning with her philosophy of staying current on best practices within the field.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: No
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No


Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Target Audience

AT Professionals, Educators, OTs, PTs, SLPs

Experience Level


Content Area

Basic Communication Process Area

Continuing Education Credits

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Number of hours: 1.0
Number of IACET CEUs: 0.1

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