A companion for your literacy and learning journey.
Snap™ + Core First® is a symbol-based communication app designed to be the most intuitive solution on the market. Snap + Core First lets users start communicating quickly and stay engaged as they grow and evolve on their communication journey. Centered on Tobii Dynavox’s Core First approach to delivering a systematic, proven, research-based Core Word framework, this app provides the fastest and most efficient platform for communication for all users including students, parents, and teachers.
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A free trial version of Snap + Core First is available for iOS.
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! In addition, bilingual English/Spanish pages are now available.
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.
What's New in Snap + Core First
Snap + Core First 1.1 is here with tons of exciting new features like importing, exporting, and sharing content as well as integration with myTobiiDynavox.com. Here’s the scoop on a few more features we’re thrilled to share with you:
For a full list of Snap + Core First 1.1 release features, please click here.
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.
Snap + Core First Subscription Now Available - Need a short-term communication solution or do you want to just pay as you go? Snap + Core First is now available as a monthly subscription for just USD$9.99 (also available for USD$119.99/year). This option is perfect for those who want to pay only as long as they need Snap + Core First, for example users with a short-term medical need, like intubation, stroke or other brain injury, and other conditions. It is also ideal for users wishing to trial the software beyond the available 30-day free trial. In addition, the Snap subscription is a great way to access the leading software on the market without having to pay all at once. Subscription options are available for the iPad and Windows-based devices.
To purchase the subscription option, please click here.
Additionally, joining the Spanish/English bilingual pageset, Snap + Core First extends the well-received software to support the German language. This German release introduces the German core words, is localized for topics, supports German word prediction and morphology, symbol search, and more. The German Snap + Core First page set also integrates the German LiterAACy supports from Tobii Dynavox’s Sono suite.
For a complete list of Snap + Core First 1.3 release notes, please click here.
|iPad - (Free Version)||
iPad - (Full Version)
|Initial Price||Free||USD $179.99|
|Speaking Capabilities via In-App Purchase||USD $179.99||Included|
|Speaking Capabilities via Subscription||
USD $9.99 / Month
|Volume Purcahse Discounts Available||No||Yes|
|Use as a Free Editor||Yes||No|
|Trial Available in the App Store||Non-Speaking||No|
|Use as Free Companion or Professional App||Yes||No|
|Where to Buy||
This option is perfect for those who want to pay only as long as they need Snap + Core First, for example those with a short-term medical need, like intubation, stroke or other brain injury, and other acute conditions. It is also ideal for users wishing to trial Snap + Core First beyond the available 30-day free trial. In addition, the Snap subscription is a great way to access the leading software on the market without having to pay all at once.
The functionality is exactly the same. The difference is that you’re able to purchase the perpetual app with a purchase order. However, the perpetual app is for Windows only.
No, you would either have to continue paying the subscription price or complete the one-time purchase.
If you miss a payment, you will be reminded by email and asked to update your credit card details. In case of non-payment, your subscription will be cancelled and you will be notified that your subscription has expired.
No, your credit card information is not stored. Currently, the customer enters the card, the number is passed directly to the gateway (Mastercard/Visa/American Express), and we receive a token which is used to charge it going forward. This is all in compliance with https://www.pcicomplianceguide.org/faq/.
Yes, your subscription will continue to renew every month/year until you formally cancel. When a subscription is cancelled, the end date of the subscription is set to the last date in the current period in which you are enrolled.
If you wish to end your subscription, you can use the cancellation link provided upon initial subscription activation, or contact Tobii Dynavox Support. A cancelled subscription does not immediately become deactivated. Instead, the canceled subscription remains active until the end of the subscription period for which you have paid.
You will continue to have access to your page sets and to myTobiiDynavox.com when you end the subscription. The Snap + Core First software will stop speaking and digital assets that are included with the subscription will become disabled (e.g. 3rd party, but not PCS, symbol sets). But the restoration of your subscription will also restore those features.
Pathways for Core First companion app is ideal for parents, care givers, and communication partners looking for expert guidance and best practices for engaging Snap + Core First users.