AAC, Materials, Therapy Ideas

Low-Tech, Core Vocabulary Based, AAC Flip Boards


Need an easy, portable, low-tech resource for your early communicators or AAC students? Look no further!

I created these flip boards so I always had a resource to grab for visual supports and communication.

I’ve used these boards for:
-Back up AAC when a kiddo comes in with a dead device
-Sent home for parent/home use
-Early communicators/EI population
-Increasing spontaneous language, decreasing models

Below is the front of it once assembled. I put the Core and Core 2 boards on top because you get the most bang for your buck with these words. You can pretty much use these top 2 for ANY activity!

Then, just turn the half page on the right side to access more vocabulary. Some for various activities (books, games).


I have included 3 versions. All contain identical vocabulary and only differ in their color coding as shown below:

Version One: All blacklines, no color coding used
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Version Two: Colored using the Modified Fitzgerald Key
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Version Three: Colored using the model from Goossens, Grain, and Elder
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The following pages show pictures of how to assemble the product. Pages included are as follows:
Core, Core 2, Feelings, Games, Books, Conversation, & Art

I’ve also included a “beginner” core board (with only 10 symbols) in case your students would benefit from less symbols on a page, as shown below. They are also included with the 3 different color coding systems.
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This product is based off of AAC research principles:
1) Motor Memory:
In this product, if a word is repeated on several pages (e.g., “open” on both books and games pages) it will be in the same place. Note how some of the symbols are in the same places across pages! This is on purpose!
2) Core Vocabulary:
No matter what page you are on, you have access to core vocabulary! Because it is always open, it will save time in becoming familiar with it! The icons will never move and will always be available. This will provide you vocabulary you can adapt and use with ANY activity. Get creative!
3) Limited Fringe/Specific Vocabulary:
You might be looking at this thinking, there wasn’t a page including for x, y, or z. Don’t let that hinder you! I’ve used this book with a wide variety of activities and there is ALWAYS vocabulary you can use and target. Don’t forget about phrases like “get that”, ‘up there”, or “mine”.

So there you have it!

An easy, printable way to make low-tech AAC a little more functional! Click here to check them out in my TpT store!
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58 Comment

  1. Reply
    Martha B
    January 19, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    I would use them in sessions with a 14 year-old non-verbal kiddo that I see. His parents have been using picture exchange with him for years, but they’re scattered all about the house and not so functional for our sessions. This would make things go much more smoothly!

  2. Reply
    Katie Hickerson
    January 19, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    I would use this a lot as a work with a special needs population in a self-contained population. Thank you so such a great product!

  3. Reply
    Claire Davis
    January 19, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    I am fresh out of college and just started at an outpatient clinic with primarily pediatrics on my caseload. Many of them are nonverbal or late talkers and/or have autism. This would be a wonderful and super useful resource to have on hand. Unfortunately the clinic is lacking on materials and my budget is limited. I would love to when this!

    1. Reply
      January 19, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      I am a CF at a similar setting!! Good luck with everything!

  4. Reply
    Jamie G.
    January 19, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    I have just started my placement at CPS. I have many students waiting on new AAC evals (CPS has an AAC team do evals for AAC..) I would LOVE to use these boards to to implement goals and increase expressive output!!

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      January 19, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      Wow!! What a unique job!

  5. Reply
    January 19, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    I would love to use these flip boards with my nonverbal preschoolers. I’ve been working on putting together my own AAC tools, but this one far surpasses anything I’ve managed to make myself!

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      January 19, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      Thank you!! That is so kind of you to say!

  6. Reply
    January 19, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Great product! I’d use these boards to aid my complex communication needs students across many activities. Life is so much more than “I want”

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      January 19, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      I agree 100%!!!!

  7. Reply
    Jenni L
    January 19, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for and haven’t had time to make with one of my students with Down syndrome.

  8. Reply
    Carol Smith
    January 19, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    I would use them to help the child communicate and show parents what they need to do to encourage the communication between the child and the parent!

  9. Reply
    Helen Wagner
    January 19, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Oooooh! I would use these boards in our centralized elementary class to foster access to core vocabulary. These are awesome for beginning communicators! We really, really need some low tech communicators like these with our kids!!! Our students and parents would love these.

  10. Reply
    Cheryl Stinson
    January 19, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Would love to win these

  11. Reply
    Shari W.
    January 19, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    These boards would be perfect for my kiddos with apraxia. They would help give them a voice before they can verbalize on their own. Look great for expanding utterance and core vocab.

  12. Reply
    January 19, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    I would use these with my nonverbal kiddos. I am new to the field but I have already bought a couple of your amazing products which I use all the time! I would love to win these.

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      January 19, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      Thank you!

  13. Reply
    Meagan Lawson
    January 19, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    I work in two self-contained elementary school classrooms of children with intellectual disabilities/multiple disabilities. All of my students in those rooms are nonverbal or have very significant communication delays, and before I arrived, there really wasn’t any sort of AAC being implemented with these students. I also have several students with apraxia on my caseload, who would also benefit from the use of these communication aids. I think these flip boards would really help cut down on a lot of the behaviors I am seeing and would also be a great way to encourage carryover of communication skills at home.

  14. Reply
    Hailey Taylor
    January 19, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    I would use this every day with my mod-severe preschool students! You can never have enough AAC materials to support students in therapy, classroom, and home use!

    1. Reply
      January 26, 2015 at 6:52 PM

      I agree!! And you win!! Email me at speechymusings@gmail.com so I can send along the packet! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  15. Reply
    Samantha Boll
    January 20, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    I am a middle school DCD teacher and a communication guru! I have a classroom of 7 nonverbal students with 5 using AAC devices and 2 with no formal way of communication. I work very closely with my AAC coordinator and have developed a communication class with our AAC coordinator and speech therapist. I am always looking to expand my library and think this will be a great addition! I love all of your stuff!!

  16. Reply
    January 20, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    I would use these with my nonverbal students. It would be so nice not to have to make everything from scratch!

  17. Reply
    January 20, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    I would use these boards with SEVERAL of my preschool students (autism, DD, SLI, severe speech impairment). I serve 3 preschool classrooms and it would be great to have a consistent set across the three rooms. I would also send the sets home with some of my students to use with their parents (once they’ve been used at school and the student is somewhat familiar with them). I really like the simplified version, too. Having the symbols in the same placement as they are with the more complex board seems useful for transitioning.
    These look fantastic!

  18. Reply
    Andrea Chesick
    January 20, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    These flip boards are AWESOME!!

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    Andrea Chesick
    January 20, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    They would be a perfect addition to use with my non-verbal intensive students! Would love the chance to win! Thanks for all your hard work…keep it up!

  20. Reply
    January 20, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Wow you put a lot of work into these. I do not have very many students that are limited verbally but I do have a couple. I think one student would benefit especially because he does better with visuals to build sentences. I also think it would allow him to participate more in class.

  21. Reply
    Kimberly H
    January 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    I work primarily with kids who have complex communication needs. I try to incorporate as many communication tools as possible in my therapy. Core word boards like this would fit right in with my sessions! Right now I am trying to use PrAACtical AAC’s year of words to focus on sets of core words.

  22. Reply
    January 20, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    I’m in my CFY and it would be helpful with my student in a general-education/elementary school setting who is non-verbal and is still learning core vocabulary to communicate (requesting and commenting). Thank you for developing this resource!

  23. Reply
    Becky Kopera
    January 20, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    I am always looking for simple, functional communication tools that at the ready for my sessions. I would use this tool with all of my students so they can communicate wherever, whenever with whomever!!! Thanks 🙂

  24. Reply
    Wendi Greene
    January 20, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    I have three students that would benefit do much from this as they are beginning to advance in their communication skills. I have a fourth one who I think would also benefit as he is verbal but limited and I think this would help increase he verbal skills.

  25. Reply
    January 20, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    I would love to use these boards with some kids on my autism caseload that do not yet have a device to see if we can increase their verbal skills! Also, it would be great to have something like this in a small group where the kids have identical boards so we could all learn together!

  26. Reply
    January 20, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    I would use this for a student of mine with down syndrome that does not currently have a functional way to communicate! Love this. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Reply
    Veronica A.
    January 20, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    I absolutely love this! I would use this to work with special needs populations as well as recovering TBI and CVA patients. 🙂

  28. Reply
    Beth Spencer
    January 21, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    I would use these boards with my preschool, low functioning elementary students as well as non-verbal high school students. This resource looks great!!

  29. Reply
    Jen Dorwin
    January 21, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    I am an AT specialist and we are working on building our lending library. I would love to have something like this to provide our teams that are new to vote words and devices with a comprehensive resource to get them started! Thanks!

  30. Reply
    Beryle Robinson
    January 21, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    I would love to use this to help/support my 2 year old non verbal Autism grandson to help him every way I can while the long process of getting an official diagnosis then donate to Autism West when no longer needed

  31. Reply
    January 21, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    with my kindergarten student who is selectively mute. 🙂

  32. Reply
    Jodie Victor
    January 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    I have at least 10 kids I could use these with! I’ve been looking for a great low tech resource for awhile! I would do different things with these with each kid.

  33. Reply
    January 21, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    i would use these with several of my students who have communication challenges that range in difficulty. A few preschoolers and one specific first grade boy with autism who needs a better form of communication.

  34. Reply
    Cassandra S.
    January 21, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    I would use these in AAC evaluations, as demo to parents, and in therapy with several of my clients to support their communication across activities.

  35. Reply
    January 21, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    I would use these not only with students, but also as a teaching tool within my district and our state AT PLC. Thanks for all the work it took to create these. I’ve done them before on Boardmaker and it is a labor of love.

  36. Reply
    January 21, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    i would use these with my three non verb kiddos to show parents the power of low tech Aac and to alsocgive these kids a better way to engage with classmates and family members.

  37. Reply
    January 21, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    This is my first year having the opportunity to work with students who have complex communication needs. We’ve implemented core vocabulary boards throughout their day, and your product would be a perfect addition for them to use all functions of communication! I’ve searched and searched for something similar! Thanks for your great products!

  38. Reply
    January 21, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    I am the primary therapist for the AAC kiddos at my integrated preschool. I began in this position almost a year ago with very limited experience in AAC… But I am learning and implementing as I go. I’ve just discovered core vocabulary boards and aided language input and have been researching/prepping boards for my 3 classrooms… This giveaway would be a total life saver!!

  39. Reply
    January 21, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    My son is non-verbal and, while he has a communication device that he is learning, there are situations where the device is not feasible, such as horseback riding and swimming, or bright outdoor locations where the screen becomes invisible, or when we just need a quick discussion and the device is not readily available for some reason. These pages would help deal with these types of things as well as probably help him become more motivated to use the SGD, if we were more consistent in using a core vocabulary page all the time rather than resorting to “20-questions” under those circumstances. He would gain in that we would be able to better know what he wanted to say more of the time. Thanks for your work!

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    January 21, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    A significant portion of my caseload have autism spectrum disorders, and several of my students are minimally verbal. These books would be a great stop gap solution while we’re in the process of getting devices for these students. Also, I love the fact that there is an option for a smaller field; there’s masking in high tech dynamic devices, but this is the first time I have seen it built into a low-tech system, while still following motor planning principles.

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    Emily Cole
    January 21, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    I need help; my student needs this kind of support. I’m just not a visual person. I really can’t figure out to organize/produce this kind of visual support. It takes me forever to try create materials like these. Please help me.

  42. Reply
    January 21, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    I’d love to share these with teams that could use them while I create their communication books, device overlays, wait for equipment to arrive, etc.

  43. Reply
    January 21, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Several students on my caseload could benefit! A great resource to promote generalization at home too.

  44. Reply
    January 22, 2015 at 1:29 AM

    I’d use this with my 3yo son who is nonverbal, but so anxious to communicate. Thank you for the opportunity!

  45. Reply
    January 22, 2015 at 3:37 AM

    I’d use it both at work and at uni.
    I’m currently studying Speech Pathology at university and this would be a great study aid.
    I’m currently employed as a Support Worker in disability day programs. I’d use this as a tool to educate the other staff at my work, as well as keeping it as a resource at the office to grab when communicating with our clients. I know several of our service users would benefit from this, however I don’t think my work would be behind it until they could see it in action.

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    Linda Gottlieb
    January 22, 2015 at 4:11 AM

    I work with middle through high school students, all non-verbal. These students are new to me this year as my principal moved me out of my comfort zone of kg-3rd graders. I am distressed that 21 of my 33 students have not used or have any AAC. I am so busy making boards there is little time to do direct therapy. These core boards would allow me more direct time with my students. Thank you for considering me for this giveaway.
    I hope I win! I hope I win I hope I win or I should say I hope my students win

  47. Reply
    January 22, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    This would be perfect for the students I serve! Several have devices that have been dead on occasion, so it would be so nice to have something this organized to pull out when necessary!

  48. Reply
    January 22, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    I have a client that is nonverbal and the family is interested in getting him a communication device. I think a low tech communication book would be a great place for him to start practicing how to build sentences. He is such a fast learner and I think it would make him happy to be able to comment and communicate with a partner rather than just requesting “I want” or picking a choice presented to him.

  49. Reply
    January 23, 2015 at 2:48 AM

    I would use them during my next placement during 3rd year as im still studying to become an SLP 🙂

  50. Reply
    January 23, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    I would share with parents to use at home.

  51. Reply
    October 10, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    I know most of the comments are in future tense. But I have used this for at least a year and LOVE IT! I now work in a clinic that is very PECS/SGD-based when it comes to AAC and this flip book fills a very real gap! Thanks for all your brilliant materials, Shannon!!

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      October 13, 2017 at 12:08 PM

      🙂 🙂 Thanks, Kris!!

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