Symbol-users, the path to communication and literacy starts here!
Snap is designed to be intuitive and easy to get started with so you don’t have to spend hours on choosing the right software, setup, or getting the right content in place – it’s already done for you! At the heart of Snap is the Core First® pageset, a research-based core word framework to help you continuously build your vocabulary and communication skills. Core First is built on three pillars for communication success: growth, engagement and literacy.
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Learning language, achieving literacy, and becoming an independent communicator is a journey with many stages. Tobii Dynavox Snap + Core First meets each communicator wherever they are on that journey and evolves with users as they grow. It’s designed to be the most intuitive and engaging symbol-based software solution on the market. The Snap + Core First pageset includes a wide variety of pre-designed button layouts, a full range of Acapela voices, and comes with free cloud storage backup so you don’t have to worry about complicated setup, just download the app and start communicating!
Start communicating immediately
with tools and supports, like core words, quick phrases, and topics, that allow a communicator to initiate and guide the interaction.
Created to be the best
with years of research, feedback, and user testing. In user testing of SLPs and educators, 9 out of 10 tested preferred Snap over competitor apps.
Built for confidence
with the easiest navigation, no instructions are necessary, and a toolbar is always available with tools to support you as you move through the system.
Designed for easy customization and consistency
with a new user interface for easy editing and grid size changes, standard functions for dragging and dropping, quicker actions for linking pages, and a new Search tool for finding words quickly.
Snap + Core First is the pinnacle in communication software for symbol-supported communicators and is designed to be the easiest to use, most intuitive, and consistently arranged solution available on the market, for both the user and the communication partner. Individuals of all ages with speech and language disabilities, including those with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other intellectual disabilities, can all benefit from Snap + Core First.
Snap + Core First builds on Tobii Dynavox’s years of experience delivering AAC solutions. It brings the best parts of our previous titles together in a focused, solutions for symbol communication. The focus on AAC users who primarily use symbol-based communication has allowed us to create an intuitive user experience unlike anything before.
“Snap + Core First is so fast and responsive! When you touch a symbol, you get immediate voice output. This ensures the motor, auditory, and visual input the user gets when they activate a button is simultaneous and that helps the child learn!”
- SLP & PROFESSOR FROM VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
The success of the Snap + Core First platform stems from the cohesive use of the Core Word framework, topics, quick phrases, behavior supports, word lists, and keyboards that let a user naturally interact. Core First, which has its roots in research by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helps the communicator continuously build vocabulary and skills and takes advantage of motor learning by introducing new vocabulary systematically and purposefully, which allows users to move up or down and always know where to find vocabulary. It is built on three pillars for communication success: growth, engagement, and literacy.
Statistically, literacy rates are extremely low for those who use AAC to communicate. In fact, according to “Literacy Intervention for Transition-Aged Youth: What Is and What Could Be,” by B. Foley and Julie A. Wolter, 90% of students in America with complex communication needs enter adulthood without acquiring functional literacy skills. Lack of literacy is an enormous barrier to education, independence, and many of life’s opportunities. With Snap, we are providing the best symbol-based communication experience available but also what is needed for a parent, teacher, or therapist and a child to work together so that the child can become a successful communicator, learn language, and ultimately achieve literacy.
Core First allows its users to be engaged fast, real-time conversations about topics that are important to them, which leads to engagement. These are the features that make real-time conversations possible! In Core First, you can easily find the right kind of message for any level of communication, including the Core word page, a library of topics covering many situations and events. Among the tools are also Quickfires, keyboards, word lists and behavior support. And of course, it’s a snap to add buttons on the go! It enables communications in a variety of situations and environments, which leads to greater user engagement.
We believe that communicators should have access to literacy tools, no matter your starting level. Core First will help you continuously sharpen your skills and build upon them- making literacy possible. In this application, you can start at the most basic level- making literacy possible! We also offer a variety of tools to help pave the way; from Snap Scene, which engage emerging communicators to become literate with Core First Learning and The Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) program.
Snap + Core First is supported by an unparalleled ecosystem of content and a library of resources to help you learn and grow your literacy and communication skills. Created by leading professionals in the field, Snap + Core First’s broad range of supports will help to ensure successful language development.
Pathways for Core First
Tobii Dynavox Pathways is a free, one-of-a-kind companion app for Core First that’s packed with expert advice for how to meaningfully impact user communication success and guide them on their journey to literacy and independence. Designed to facilitate successful use of Snap + Core First software, Pathways is a unique learning gateway that will enhance your partner communication skills and features an interactive goal setting tool, lesson plans, and materials, cheat sheets, and videos to help you make the biggest impact on user success.
Core Word Lessons and Core Word Books
Free downloadable Core Word Lessons are designed to support the numerous free Core Word books we offer and lessons that focus on 3 key goals - to teach what each word means or how it is used, the position of the word in the system, and finally how the words work in connected text. There are no other pagesets today that make use of this type of teaching supports.
With Snap + Core First, you can back up all your files to the cloud via myTobiiDynavox.com, ensuring you’ll never have to worry about losing what you have created. Also, this is an excellent way to practice remote editing and modeling. Remote editing is important for parents or SLPs who want to make changes to their child’s pagesets while their child is still using the device for communication, and modeling is one of the best strategies for teaching someone how to use the device.
The Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) Reading Program
The ALL program, created by Dr. Janice Light, Ph.D. and Dr. David McNaughton Ph.D., of Penn State University, is an evidence-based approach designed specifically to teach basic reading skills to students who are non-verbal and require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
Boardmaker Student Center app
Boardmaker Online offers a host of tools to support Speech Language Pathologists and Special Ed Teachers as they provide instruction to students. The Boardmaker Student Center app is where students of all abilities can go to access activities assigned to them through Boardmaker Online. The app brings the power of personalized visual supports and symbol-adapted educational materials.
Snap + Core First is the innovative result of a highly-experienced team from Tobii Dynavox made up of educators, clinicians, PhDs, engineers, and professionals who are passionate about empowering others to reach their full potential. We work every day to help people communicate and achieve literacy so they can live richer and more independent lives.
Tobii Dynavox also offers the most comprehensive support in the industry. Find all our support information at: www.tobiidynavox.com/support. In addition to email support, you can browse our knowledge base and find plenty of other support materials.