Students with ASD often struggle learning vocabulary. A few years ago a colleague and I were talking about the difficulties that many of our students have with learning and generalizing vocabulary that is relevant to their daily lives. We were brainstorming ways to accomplish two goals in language instruction. First, we wanted instruction to focus on vocabulary that was relevant to their daily lives, but most of the common resources and instructional programs, particularly for young children, focused on much vocabulary that wasn’t relevant. For instance, many common books and resources focused on zoo animals and farm animals for children who needed to focus on identifying their shoes and their backpacks. the second goal for instruction was to help students generalize their vocabulary from discrete trials or similar types of programs in 1-1 or small group settings to larger group settings and reading for literacy. Students use photo cards in discrete trial programs for learning new vocabulary words; but most books use line drawings or illustrations rather than real photos. This made generalization to morning meeting and literacy activities difficult without instructing on the illustrations themselves. For students with significant disabilities, we wanted to be able to focus instruction on the vocabulary that was relevant to their life and would be most likely to generalize to real life. Our solution was to develop books that had everyday vocabulary with photographs in the format of books to use the vocabulary in literacy instruction. We added a repeatable phrase that can be recorded on speech generating devices, the ability to match pictures within the books, and cloze sentences with picture cues for the students to complete. The result was the set of Linguisystems Functional Vocabulary for Children books seen on the left that were published about 10 years ago. These books are still my go-to materials for students with significant needs and/or early learners for literacy and morning meeting or storytime activities.