SCORE is a symbol based strategy that can be used at a very early stage to develop and increase language development, thereby facilitating and improving communication skills. Due to a static core vocabulary and an expandable fringe vocabulary SCORE can be adapted to your needs.
The SCORE strategy is research-based (University of Cologne). It consists of a set of low tech communication boards, a more extended communication binder and a comprehensive communication page for Mind Express. The basic idea with the communication boards and the binder is to provide a set of communication aids that make the combination of core and fringe vocabulary as easy as possible. The materials differ in complexity but all have the same structure and similar positions of the words.
The selection of the core vocabulary provided on the SCORE Communication Boards and Binder is based on academic research data. A set of 200 core words is sufficient for 80% of the spoken language. These high-frequency words are provided as a static frame around a dynamic block of fringe words. In this way, the core vocabulary is always visible and accessible. The fringe vocabulary is alphabetically organized in main and subcategories.
To model is one of the most successful strategies in AAC intervention. Modelling is not just about showing where a symbol is on the board but to model how to use the word in a message and how one can combine the word with other words. Practice with a set of selected focus words (core and fringe) for a number of weeks and during several activities throughout the day, receptively as well as expressively, and in different contexts. In the SCORE communication vocabulary in Mind Express the grammar functions are dynamically presented, based on the parts of speech, and can be used to build grammatically correct messages and sentences.
If the child language development is facilitated and therefore improves, the child’s communication skills will automatically follow. The availability of both low-tech and high-tech resources allows a multi-modal approach and support modelling variation.
Do you want to test SCORE? Download the file on our Mind Express website. Please notice that this is a paying file. However, you can test it for free during 2 months.
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