Selecting fringe words for individual's AAC devices should be thoughtful and intentional. The process includes considering how the vocabulary will be used, as well as their culture, environments, and communication partners.
Fringe words, also known as fringe vocabulary, refer to words specific to a topic, individual, or environment. While core words make up about 80% of our everyday language. fringe words make up about 20% of it.
One's ownership of their AAC system (think: speech generating devices, core words boards, etc.) is essential to the individual user. We break down why and how we as SLPs and caregivers can encourage ownership and corresponding operational competencies.
Developing operational competences in AAC devices (e.g. power, charging, volume, manipulation) is critical for individuals and caregivers who use this technology. Communication using an AAC device requires it to be charged, turned on, and with the volume up!
We are back this week with a new post for our AAC column! We decided to dive deeper into what constitutes a "dedicated device" vs. a "non-dedicated device." Click the link for our rundown.