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Upcoming webinars


Core vs Fringe: Aligning Vocabulary Prediction and Selection in AAC with Language Development

June 14, 2023

7:00-8:00 PM EDT



Presented by: Bethany J. Frick Semmler


About the presenter:

Bethany Frick Semmler recently graduated from The Ohio State University with her PhD in Speech and Hearing Science. She received her B.S. in Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders from Missouri State University and an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University. During the Master’s program, Bethany was part of the Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. Her research is focused on early language learning on augmentative and alternative communication and features on speech generating devices. 

Moderated by: Betsy Caporale, M.S., CCC-SLP

Seminar description:

Core vocabulary lists are frequently referenced when Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and other stakeholders are selecting vocabulary for early symbolic communicators who use augmentative and alternative communication. But is core vocabulary appropriate for emerging communicators who use AAC? This webinar will aim to align core vocabulary with typical language development through understanding when the words on seven core vocabulary lists emerge in typical language development. Further, we will discuss strategies that SLPs typically use to predict and select vocabulary for early symbolic communicators who use AAC. Finally, we will discuss vocabulary prediction for early symbolic communicators who use AAC. In each of these studies, we will attempt to describe the role of core vocabulary, align findings with language development, and discuss the clinical implications of the findings.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe core vocabulary and how it contributes to a child’s overall language development.
  2. Summarize the findings of the studies described investigating vocabulary selection for early symbolic communicators who use AAC.
  3. Outline how the findings of these studies can impact their clinical practice


Time ordered agenda:

5 minutes:   Introduction of speaker, USSAAC and topic
15 minutes: Introduction of core vocabulary, review of language development, discussion of early symbolic communicators who use AAC    
15 minutes: Aligning core vocabulary with language development study methods, results, and conclusions
15 minutes: SLPs strategies used in vocabulary selection and implementation methods, results and conclusions
5 minutes:  Summary
5 minutes:  Q and A

CE units are available for Free to USSAAC/ISAAC members only. Non-members pay $25 for each webinar. This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level; Professional area.)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs in speech-language pathology and audiology are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider, USSAAC. ASHA CEUs are provided to full registrations. This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)


ASHA Disclosures:



Bethany J. Frick Semmler has no financial disclosures to report


Bethany J. Frick Semmler has no non- financial disclosures to report




Betsy Caporale has no financial disclosures to report


Betsy Caporale is the Director, Professional Affairs for USSAAC


To register for this Webinar please go to the following link:


Please note: Only the first 150 attendees to log into the webinar will be guaranteed spots.



Betsy Caporale, Richard Hurtig,

Wendy Quach, Sharon Redmon

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Information about ISAAC webinars

ISAAC has, over the course of the past number of years, developed a significant capacity to host informative and well-attended webinars. This has been done in close collaboration with our friends and partners at both ISAAC-US (USSAAC), AAIDD and, more recently, ISAAC-Canada.

Important Update:

Beginning in January 2021, the majority of archived webinars will be moved to a new location in the Members Only area portion of our website.  (A number of webinars will continue to be publicly available here.)

What this change means is that now only members will be able to access the majority of our archived webinar recordings.

Registration for the majority of upcoming new webinars will be available from within the Members Only area, and a valid ISAAC member ID number will need to be entered at time of registration.

It is our hope that many of the people who have benefited from attending or viewing our webinars will become members of ISAAC in order to continue to enjoy this significant membership benefit. 

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