Presenter: Megan Brazas, MA, CCC-SLP, QOM
– E.C., prior course participant
While focusing solely on picture exchange is certainly beneficial for many children, successful outcomes using this approach still leave children unable to communicate in sentences and unable to say what they want to say, when they want to say it. Parents and educators may say, “he is stuck at requesting”, “she is only asking for things”, “we can’t have a conversation beyond I want or I see.” The challenge still remains how to transition children to a more comprehensive communication system.
Gaining momentum is the notion that it could be beneficial to incorporate picture exchange with core vocabulary in a low-tech AAC system for non-verbal children who are not functional communicators. This course will introduce the Core Vocabulary Exchange System® (CVES™), which incorporates picture exchange with core vocabulary to teach functional communication skills. Participants will learn how to use CVES™ as a language teaching tool to help students move beyond simple requests or labeling, such as “I want” or “I see.”
This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs – 3 contact hours.
– L.M., prior course participant
Course Overview – Run Time: 3:03:35
– M.J., prior course participant
This presentation will focus exclusively on the Core Vocabulary Exchange System® (CVES™). Other approaches and devices will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video presentation with downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"Using the CVES system with different approaches was beneficial. This course addressed many of the issues that PECS and core board have." M.P. (Sep. 2023)
"Speaker was knowledgeable. I liked the reinforcer assessment and use of CVES." M.P. (Sep. 2023)
"The entire presentation was very comprehensive and organized. The information presented thoroughly described how to implement the CVES program. The core word acquisition checklist seems very useful to assess ongoing progress." K.R. (Aug. 2023)
"The steps for language acquisition were beneficial and including the desired words. I liked the different ways for using requests, labeling, rejecting, etc." L.W. (Aug. 2023)
"Data collection and reinforcer assessment tools were helpful. Good organization of materials presented." E.E. (Aug. 2023)
"The topic of personal core is meaningful. The importance of teaching core vocabulary and what is meaningful to students using AAC. Instead of using random core words, I will choose words that are imageable to increase communication. Her presentation included visual examples and how to implement them in therapy." S.G. (Aug. 2023)
"All of it was useful! I liked the examples of what the CVES looked like and how it is used." R.R. (Jul. 2023)
"I found that the CVES was a systematic way of introducing a low tech communication system to facilitate language acquisition and communication intent to mainly non-verbal students. The system is customizable to individuals and incorporates personal core to the already 400 core vocabulary. The presenter demonstrated how to initiate the system and to facilitate language development. I liked the many forms and examples." M.L. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked the core vocabulary usage. Course was easy to follow." W.S. (Jul. 2023)
"The speaker was interesting, and time flew by! The overall design of this program with charts to track will be extremely useful. All the handouts were very detailed and comprehensive, which allowed more attention to listening to the speaker and adding notes versus taking notes." E.V. (Jun. 2023)
"The presenter was well-spoken and provided a lot of research and examples throughout. Learning to use a low-tech AAC system to transition to a higher-tech device was beneficial. I liked the course pace." B.S. (Jun. 2023)
"I liked the idea of keeping icon pictures in the same place for motor memory and color-coordinating types of words. The idea of placing white masking icons around a target word was a great teaching tool. The addition of core words to a student's visual schedule was also a great idea. This course was well organized and there were several examples of how this system would work throughout the day." S.Q. (Jun. 2023)
"This information is usable and relatable. I liked the reinforcer profiles and the checklist for words being used and in what context they are being used. I also liked how this system combines using core words with a picture exchange and with a motor plan component." M.J. (May 2023)
"I liked the discussion of core vocabulary with autism. And the CVES binders." A.G. (May 2023)
"Quality instruction and knowledgeable instructor. In-depth discussion of the Core Vocabulary Exchange System." P.S. (May 2023)
"Handouts and presentation were clear. Learning prompts to be avoided was beneficial." C.C (May 2023)
"I liked the speaker's knowledge and this use of AAC." L.V. (May 2023)
"The entire discussion! I soaked it all in! I appreciated the supplemental videos. I liked the whole course!" C.R. (Apr. 2023)
"I liked learning how to integrate the CVES into therapy and routines." A.C. (Mar. 2023)
"This system makes so much more sense than the basic picture exchange for items in immediate environment. Personally, the section on autism and the neuroscience behind attention and filtering deficits was the most beneficial." D.H. (Mar. 2023)
"I enjoyed the discussion on how to implement and use CVES with students. I thought the structure of explaining the purpose of CVES, how to put the tools together, and begin introduction for use was helpful." S.M. (Mar. 2023)
"Reasoning behind single word use. I liked the entire course and especially loved all the checklists and planning tools." S.M. (Mar. 2023)
"Language development (SNUG), motor planning were beneficial. I liked the focus on language, resources, and videos." A.B. (Mar. 2023)
"All of it was beneficial." B.S. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the concepts of low-tech and core vocabulary with AAC systems and how they can be used in situations where hi-tech cannot be used. Core Word Acquisition Checklist will be beneficial." M.B. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the core language and the case studies." B.R. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked all of it. Seeing how to use CVES with students in therapy was beneficial." R.I. (Jan. 2023)
"Course was practical. Examples were easy to understand. I liked the use of core vocabulary." O.R. (Dec. 2022)
"The speaker was excellent, and the resources will be extremely helpful." C.P. (Dec. 2022)
"Thorough and great handouts - and videos of actual use of program." M.S. (Dec. 2022)
"Good pace and demonstrations." C.R. (Dec. 2022)
"I learned more about brain functioning in ASD individuals, and the possibility that we can influence that development via language and communication skills learning. Excellent language development review. Specific information on how to use the system. A presentation I could easily refer back to, as needed." M.G. (Dec. 2022)
"This is a great AAC tool and helpful for those patients that aren’t ready for a high tech device. I recently took another AAC course and the content in this one was very consistent. It mentioned the following: elicit requests using preferred reinforcers, give adequate response time, and having icons in the same place is very important for motor planning." J.V. (Dec. 2022)
"Very clear, organized presentation. One of the best I have ever attended." T.R. (Nov. 2022)
"Easy to navigate course." E.S. (Nov. 2022)
"The combination of the speaker's instruction, videos, materials, and examples for better understanding was good. I liked the connection between typical language development and the actual use of CVES." A.L. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the structure of the handouts and the idea of imageability. Good protocol for initial core word identification." T.C. (Oct. 2022)
"Format of course was good. I liked the explanation/discussion of core words." S.F. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the visuals included in the slides. And learning how to assess for core word acquisition." R.M. (Oct. 2022)
"Using CVES to increase both expressive and receptive language skills was good to learn. The course was rich in content." A.G. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked how it tied in with typical language development. And learning how to setup the core boards and binders." P.K. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked all of the content - choosing core words and fringe vocabulary for specific children, and taking data for understanding and use." D.K. (Aug. 2022)
"The whole webinar was beneficial for my daily practice." V.K. (Aug. 2022)
"Learning how to use picture exchange when teaching vocabulary was good. I liked all of the course content." N.C. (Aug. 2022)
"Great information to utilize in practice." M.C. (Aug. 2022)
"There was a lot of information and examples provided that allowed for application of the knowledge. I liked the demonstrations for carryover of skills for more than communication for basic statements." A.R. (July 2022)
"I liked the instruction on phrases to model using child's preferred activities." M.V. (July 2022)
"Learning how to incorporate low tech AAC into different forms of communication was beneficial. And learning how to use this form of communication with different populations." L.K. (July 2022)
"I loved the organization, the colorful slides and using the CVES pictures. I loved recording the baby’s first 10 words and analyzing what word types they are using." J.S. (July 2022)
"It was packed with an abundance of information. I liked the downloadable handouts/inventories. Also the therapy clips of the children using CVES." L.M. (June 2022)
"It was all superbly explained and pertinent to helping my youngest students who are just beginning a language journey. The Aided Language Input section was especially helpful; also showing first 10 words, and how to use masking. The presenter did a marvelous job of comprehensive coverage of CVES and all its components as well as explaining all of the what/how/why basics." K.A. (June 2022)
"I liked how it supported functional communication. The video clips showing use of the visual schedule, masking icons, SNUG and specific uses of the CVES were good. The handouts are helpful including the reinforcement assessment, etc." C.H. (June 2022)
"I liked the entire course. The instructor was great!" R.E. (June 2022)
"I liked learning to use core with the first / then and scheduling, how to use core words in their many functions, how to get started - the inventories and language acquisition, and that I was able to view course in my own time and place. Also great resources." T.P. (June 2022)
"It gave excellent explanation on how to teach core vocabulary using picture exchange. I liked the discussion on how to choose core vocabulary based on imageability." S.Z. (May 2022)
"I love that it was on demand and saved my progress!" J.F. (May 2022)
"I liked the examples for language expansion." A.S. (May 2022)
"I liked the use of core words in language acquisition and expansion. Appreciated that the presentation was divided into sections with access to print the slides." M.H. (May 2022)
"I liked the concept of parents filling out the inventory at the beginning, then again after a few weeks to assess progress and determine goals." S.F. (May 2022)
"I love the idea of pairing our daily schedule with core words (I'm currently a Pre-K teacher, though I've also been an SLP for many years). The information was very practical and very clear." R.W. (Apr. 2022)
"The use of the CVES system as a low tech AAC system for use with my low to non-verbal students will benefit my practice. I liked the course. It was a wonderful presentation." N.W. (Apr. 2022)
"The course was very easy to understand and interesting. Learning how to incorporate core vocabulary and aided language into my sessions, creating a communication loop, and using the icons to respond back to my students was beneficial for my practice." D.G. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the availability of how to start with use of icons, then track and keep data on progress." A.B. (Mar. 2022)
"Very practical. I liked the imageability and methods to create inventories." D.G. (Mar. 2022)
"Course was engaging. I liked the ideas to mask words for students who are learning at a slower rate." J.G. (Mar. 2022)
"The course had the content and style of in-person, yet it was online. Very convenient." L.C. (Mar. 2022)
"Will definitely be utilizing this process. Very, very useful!" J.H. (Mar. 2022)
"Learning that with ASD there are connectivity deficits in the brain and their impact and how we as clinicians can connect the white fiber tracts via receptive input to reduce over-pruning." J.B. (Mar. 2022)
"I think this will benefit some of the younger kids at our school." J.W. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the blend of best practice and research information, and learning about an exchange system highlighting core words. I liked how CVES can be a bridge to a speech generating device with robust language pages." M.J. (Mar. 2022)
"Excellent Workshop! This system is completely new to me and I'm excited to try it!" D.B. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the importance of core vocabulary overall and how to use it with picture exchange. The presenter kept my attention throughout and it was easy to follow." K.K. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the information on how to start choosing vocabulary and then how to build child's language going forward using the device. Sometimes choosing vocabulary can be overwhelming as there can be so many options." K.W. (Jan. 2022)
"Great conference - excellent examples - well explained and demonstrated." T.A. (Jan. 2022)
"Presenter was very easy to follow and kept my attention even though it was online." L.T. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked all of it as I continue to struggle with how to use low tech devices with nonverbal children. We do not have a system in place so I will have to order this one. Plus being able to watch tutorials on youtube is very helpful." N.M. (Jan. 2022)
"Excellent examples - well explained and demonstrated - great handouts." T.A. (Jan. 2022)
"Presenter was very easy to follow and kept my attention even though it was online." L.T. (Jan. 2022)
"She's done her research and walks the walk. Great job!" M.V. (Dec. 2021)
"I loved the incorporation of receptive and expressive language into an exchange type format. I loved the pairing of core words throughout the day and activities. I loved the discussion of brain impact when not addressing all parts of communication." L.M. (Dec. 2021)
"Love the refresher in development and also how to work with BCBA." R.B. (Dec. 2021)
"I was not familiar with the CVES but have been interested in it for use with my students. Presentation was very good and linked to numerous references. Demonstrations were also helpful." S.C. (Dec. 2021)
"It was clear and concise and used real-life examples." S.C. (Dec. 2021)
"All of this presentation will be incorporated in my daily practice." K.C. (Dec. 2021)
"I found the research about tactile input and benefits of moving pictures versus pointing to them helpful." S.B. (Dec. 2021)
"The Core Word Acquisition chart will be almost immediately utilized in my therapy session with several students." S.B. (Dec. 2021)
"I enjoyed learning how this communication system is built for a child using core words, fringe words, and how it ties to developmental milestones in language." E.C. (Nov. 2021)
"I appreciated all aspects of this course...the review, the handouts, and the wealth of information." J.S. (Oct. 2021)
"Presented in an orderly, clear, and concise manner. One of the best online courses I have done." C.M. (Oct. 2021)
"This tool seems very detailed and comprehensive but flexible. It seems to be based on both research and practical experience. I appreciate that the pre therapy data collection and the ongoing data collection tools are included." S.P. (Oct. 2021)
"How to use the checklist and how to select from there the actual target core/fringe words based on their preferences was good information. I like the manner explained, examples, visuals, material and all of the resources examples provided." S.V. (Sept. 2021)
"I appreciated having the handouts for where to start - gathering the preferences and word lists, then the explanation. Being able to have all the materials, especially the docs to implement the program and then moving at my own pace to reflect upon the student that I will be using CVES with." K.H. (Aug. 2021)
"The discussion on the CVES system and how it works for core and fringe vocabulary and reinforcing language development along established pathways was beneficial. The client videos showing us the CVES system were nice." S.M. (Aug. 2021)
"I love this system. I have grappled with many types of systems thru the years and this seems to address all of them." S.T. (Aug. 2021)
Megan Brazas, MA, CCC-SLP, QOM, is a speech-language pathologist, credentialed early intervention provider, and holds a State of Illinois teaching license. 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 she is PROMPT Trained.
Megan speaks locally and nationally on topics such as core vocabulary, low-tech communication systems, functional communication, supporting communication in the special education setting, curriculum adaptations, 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. Megan is 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.
Financial — Megan Brazas is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
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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