Published: 08/11/2017 17:47
What would competitive sports be without cheering fans? Or without fans who understand the game? Probably harder to follow and easier to ignore – that’s what!
Now imagine helping someone you care about find their voice through a special needs communication device or app. All the while, of course, you’re rooting for that person’s success so you want to make sure you know what you’re doing in the process — technically and personally. Sometimes, though, it can feel like you’re taking a couple steps forward and a few back. You may forget that as their helper, you need some cheering on, too, as well as practical advice along the way.
Enter Pathways for Core First. This free companion app for Tobii Dynavox Snap™ + Core First®, now available for both Windows and iOS platforms, offers a step-by-step guide to getting the most out of the highly intuitive, symbol-based augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) software. We created Pathways so parents, therapists and caregivers can become champs in all things AAC as they prepare individuals of all ages and abilities to take ownership of an AAC device or iPad used as a speech tablet. As you guide someone on their pursuit of more complete expressive language and literacy skills, the many videos, articles, real-life examples, step-by-step directions and tips you will find in Pathways are sure to keep your confidence up. Pathways puts simple, concise and concrete information at your fingertips for everything from navigating language content and repairing communication breakdowns to expanding vocabulary and encouraging growth.
With its emphasis on teaching AAC skills through modeling, setting individuals of all ages up for success through their use of AAC technology and providing a positive communication environment, Pathways leads to the heart of human interaction. And that’s a win-win for communication partners and communicators alike, no matter where they are in the journey.