CVES™ – Core Vocabulary Exchange System

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The Core Vocabulary Exchange System™ (CVES™) is a low tech AAC platform that allows for the seamless presentation of core vocabulary utilizing the exchange component while providing access to fringe words. The icons used in the CVES™ system are both removable and returnable to the original location after a communication exchange has been made between a speaker and communication partner creating both an efficient and effective communication system. The individual manipulation of icons also allows for a therapist or individual to model language receptively and expressively by removing icons from a consistent location and returning icons to that location after use (motor planning assist component of CVES™). This standardization of placement and use of color coding dramatically reduces set up time and promotes concise presentation of the materials benefiting both the clinician and the student. 

CVES™ also includes a Core Communication Card that allows for preselected core vocabulary words to be sequenced creating a message at the child’s language level. This feature allows for SNUG, or spontaneous novel utterance generation beyond the single word level and for a two-way communication exchange between the individual and communication partner. The icons used in the CVES™ program can be purchased as either Boardmaker icons or Pixon icons. The design of either icon set has the look and feel (visual as well as symbol sets being used) of high tech electronic devices allowing for a smooth transition to a high tech system when it is determined appropriate. In addition, the versatility of CVES™ allows the clinician to select the correct teaching tool based on the specific needs of the child; Aided Language Stimulation, ABA Style, Pivotal Response Training, Backward Chaining, or others. CVES™ is also an ideal “back up” communication device if a high tech system is unavailable. 

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Author

Megan Brazas

Megan Brazas, MA, CCC-SLP, earned her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and obtained her master’s degree at Northwestern University.  She has extensive experience in working with children with complex communication needs, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, rare medical conditions, and complex orthopedic impairments.  Additionally, Megan has experience evaluating and treating a variety of speech and language conditions including apraxia of speech and is PROMPT Trained.   Megan is also a credentialed early intervention provider and holds a State of Illinois Teaching License.  Megan is very passionate about her work and keeping people informed on current topics by speaking locally and nationally.  She has presented on topics such as core vocabulary, low-tech communication systems, functional communication, supporting communication in the special education setting, curriculum adaptations, and behavior management for Autism spectrum disorder, and typical language development.  Megan’s contributions include presentations at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Infintec, Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization, and local school districts.  She is also the creator of the Core Vocabulary Exchange System™ (CVES), a low-tech core vocabulary based communication system which aligns with typical language development, published by Northern Speech Services.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Megan Brazas is presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives honorarium.

Financial — Megan Brazas is author and creator of the Core Vocabulary Exchange System (CVES) published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Megan Brazas has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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