Core Word Corner: Go

Core Word Corner: Go

By Inga Siler, MS, CCC-SLP, CPSP, and Lauren Kline, MS, BCBA, LBA

The Core Word Corner can be used with both verbal speech and AAC devices. Use the Core Word Corner to find high-use vocabulary words that you can target both in and out of your Gemiini sessions!   

This month we are highlighting the word “go.” You can find the word “go” in Level Four of the Language Pyramid. You can also create your own video using our video library and searching for the word “go.” 

How to find "go" videos in Gemiini

Click on My Videos;

then Build New Video - Complete Video Access;

and Type "go" into the search box.

Words hold power

“Go” is a powerful word because it allows a person to direct someone and can be one of the first highly preferred requests. Start by simply modeling the word “go” to direct someone. The word “go” can be used in different contexts. Here are some examples: 

  • “Ready, set, GO”  
  • “Go” to get someone to do something (walk, run, dance, push on a swing) 
  • “Go” to go to a place (outside, store, school, etc.) 
  • “Go away”    
  • “Go fast” or “Go slow”  
  • “Go there” to tell someone where to go   
  • “You go” or “I go” when playing or taking turns 

Remember, one of the best times for language learning, especially new vocabulary words, is when an individual is having fun! Be sure to first practice words during favorite activities. You can start by modeling “Ready, set, go” during fun activities like a swing, slide, or pushing cars. Once your learner has heard you say, “Ready, set, go” try pausing for a few seconds and saying “Ready, set...” and wait for your learner to say, “GO.” At first, you might have to continue to model, but over time your learner might try to say the word. You can also use the sign for “go” or press “go” on a communication device. You can practice the word “go” by taking turns telling someone to do something. For example, you can push your learner on a swing and then stop and wait for them to tell you to “go.” Be sure to give plenty of wait time by counting in your head to five before modeling the word again.  

When introducing words, be sure to have fun and it is okay if your learner is not able to say the word! Have fun and keep modeling!