• Sarah Boron-Trotter

Core First Books for AAC Users

Updated: Feb 11

Hi friends!

Are you looking for simple books with high core word exposure that you can use with your AAC users? Check out the Core First Books and Lessons by Tobii Dynavox!

Why use these books?

> They're free

> They focus on core words

> There are multiple books per word

> There is a lesson plan available for each core word

> There are 3 sets of words

> The core words focused on can be used for a variety of communicative functions (e.g. requesting, commenting, asking questions, protesting)


Read the story as you would typically read any story, except when you get to a core word, you'll point to an icon on AAC device at the same time that you read the word. This is called aided language stimulation.

For example, when reading the words "Go fish," you would point to the icon for "go" on your device at the same time that you verbally say it.

You can do this with a:

  • Core board (like this one)

  • Low tech, robust system (like this one from Tobii, PODD Communication Book)

  • High tech, robust system (e.g. Snap + Core, LAMP Words For Life, TouchChat with WordPower, Proloquo 2 Go, etc.)

You can also talk about the pictures and events on each page as well by making comments or asking questions just like you typically would when reading a story. Be sure to point to core words during this time as well as you use them.

For more information on aided language stimulation, check out these videos on YouTube.


  • There should not be an expectation that the child imitate you

  • If a child does imitate you, respond positive reinforcement

  • Avoid drilling - that is not communication

  • Avoid using hand over hand - the device is the child's voice and you can not force someone to talk (plus the child can get used to over prompting with this method, which we also want to avoid)

  • Model, model, model!


Click here to watch examples of reading with AAC on Speech Without Limit's YouTube channel! These videos are also great for sharing with parents!

I hope this has been helpful and that you have some new tools in your AAC tool belt!

Have a great week!

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