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Augment Altern Commun. 2015 Mar;31(1):77-84. doi: 10.3109/07434618.2014.1001521.

The oral core vocabulary of typically developing English-speaking school-aged children: implications for AAC practice.

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Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, University of Cologne , Cologne , Germany.


This study analyzes the core vocabulary used by typically developing school-aged English-speaking children in the United States while participating in a variety of school activities. The language of typically developing children, some of whom spoke English as a second language was recorded, transcribed and analyzed to identify the most frequently used words across samples. An inventory of oral core vocabulary of typically developing school-aged children resulted from this analysis. This inventory can be used as a source list for vocabulary selection for school-aged children with AAC needs. Implications for vocabulary selection are discussed.


AAC; Core Vocabulary; School-aged Students; Vocabulary Selection

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