A symbol-based communication app custom-built for AAC.
Snap™ Core First® offers your child the opportunity to express what they truly mean. Designed for all ages and stages of language development, this AAC app is accessible via touch, eye gaze or switch and offers clear speech output. Caregivers will find it simple to set up, edit, track progress and get support. Snap Core First is available as a standalone app or pre-loaded on a selection of devices.
Not using iOS? We also offer Snap Core First for Windows.
Learning language, achieving literacy, and becoming an independent communicator is a journey with many stages. Snap Core First meets each communicator wherever they are on that journey and evolves with them as they grow. It’s designed to be the most intuitive and engaging symbol-based app on the market, with a wide variety of pre-designed button layouts, a full range of Acapela voices, and free cloud storage backup so you don’t have to worry about complicated setup. In addition, bilingual English/Spanish pages are now available.
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
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 builds on Tobii Dynavox’s years of experience delivering AAC solutions. It brings the best parts of our previous titles together to create a focused solution for symbol communication. This attention on AAC users who primarily use symbol-based communication has allowed us to create an intuitive user experience unlike anything before. And if you are looking for a symbol-based communication app for iPad, Snap Core First is also available on iTunes.
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.
Data collection is now available in Snap Core First. When the in-app track button usage is enabled, Snap will record information about each button activation. Basic button usage data can be visualized as button usage counts within Snap and additional data visualizations are available in the Usage Reports section of your myTobiiDynavox.com account. Modeling mode records data events separately so that they can be differentiated from normal user events.
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 Core First, 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
Pathways is a free, one-of-a-kind companion app for Core First. 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.
Pathways is also available as an online version accessible directly from your web browser.
Core First Lessons and Core First Books
Free, downloadable Core First Lessons are designed to support the numerous free Core First Books we offer. The lessons 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.
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.
Our products are 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.
Service and support is easily available from one place, Tobii Dynavox, for all your Indi with Snap needs. Indi comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty and 90 days of telephone support to get you up and running quickly.
The optional Support360(SM) warranty comes with telephone support and covers any device repairs, no questions asked! Support360 is available for $299 for one year, $549 for two years, and $799 for three years. In addition, you are able to purchase telephone only support for $99 per year.
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.
Languages: Icelandic, Czech, Portuguese (Portugal), Italian, Swiss German
Aphasia Page Set - Support individuals with aphasia through this page set that is a combination of grid and visual scenes, includes frequently used tools (photos, photo albums, whiteboard).
Lightbulb - Easily access release notes, links to information, and tutorials with this icon in the top right corner of the title bar.
Whiteboard - Easily import photographs to write on them.
Accessible Share - Share message window is accessible and displays accessible options (AccessIT, copy to button, copy to clipboard).
Message Window / Copy Paste – Save messages by copying text from the message window (via accessible share window) to a button or copy to a place outside of Snap, paste text from clipboard into the message window.
Marquee Selection – Quickly edit multiple buttons.
German PCS and Metacom – Faster navigation with Toggle Full Screen Mode and Set Access Time buttons and AccessIT pages added to dashboard.
Find our complete list of Snap Core First 1.10 feature updates in the release notes.
Snap + Core First is now Snap Core First.
Text Page Set – New text-based content for Snap Core First, designed for users who are fully literate.
Grid Spanning – Create buttons that are larger than one row and/or column.
Copy to Button – Copy text from the message window into a button, providing an accessible way for users to program their own buttons.
Toggle Full Screen action – An action to toggle the state of Snap Core First between full screen and windowed-mode.
I-Series Support – Control the Partner Window and Adaptive Buttons on I-13 and I-16 devices
Find our complete list of Snap Core First 1.9 feature updates in the release notes.
Languages: Spanish (Spain)
Setup Wizard: You can now see the two most common language options based on the language settings within your device.
Active Content Buttons: These allow you to display dynamic information on a button, where the label and symbol change to reflect the current information status.
Scanning Access Method types:
Languages: French Canadian - 1 new French (Canada) Acapela voice
Support for AccessIT 3: New actions for use with AccessIT 3, pages available from the Dashboard, pages also available from myTobiiDynavox.com
German PCS Page Set: 25 new German PCS symbols in the Snap extended symbol set
For a complete list of Content updates, please click here.
For a complete list of Software updates, please click here.
Languages: French and Latin American Spanish/English Bilingual
The number of rows displayed in the Toolbar separate from the Page grid size can be set.
To help improve Snap, customers may opt-in to send anonymous Snap usage data to Tobii Dynavox.
New Page Set Guides available in Systems > Help and Tutorials.
For a complete list of Content updates, please click here.
For a complete list of Software updates, please click here.
Languages: Snap + Core First is now available in Portuguese (Brazil)
Data Collection - Track progress and communicate development over time with the new data collection feature. When the in-app track button usage is enabled, Snap will record information about each button activation. Basic button usage data can be visualized as button usage counts within Snap and additional data visualizations are available in the Usage Reports section of your myTobiiDynavox.com account. Modeling mode records data events separately so that they can be differentiated from normal user events.
Backup/Restore to myTobiiDynavox.com - You can now backup/restore your pages to myTobiiDynavox.com directly within the software.
IR Support for I-Series+ - If you’re using Snap on an I-Series device, it now supports IR functionality.
Shutdown/Restart actions (Windows only) – These actions can now all be done within the Snap software.
New Colors – Customize Snap with new color options. Colors include: Pale Pink, Lilac, Pale Blue, Pale Cyan, Silver Green, and Cream.
For a complete list of Snap + Core First updates and bug fixes, please click here.
Languages: Snap + Core First is now available in Spanish, Swedish and Dutch (Lite). The Dutch (Lite) version does not include software support for Inflector Buttons (word forms), automatic inflection of Grammar Buttons, automatic formation of contractions and compound words, and symbol search using morphological variants of words.
Snap is also available in English (US, UK), Bilingual English/Spanish, and German.
Delay after Page Change - for Gaze Interaction users that allows you to view newly opened pages without making eye gaze selections for up to 10 seconds
Pause Access Method (button type) - can be used to pause and un-pause the Access Methods Mouse Dwell and Gaze Interaction
Link Visualization (pageset style setting) - includes options to display all “link buttons” with Navigation Icons (the default), in a folder shape, or with no distinguishing style.
Clear after Speech (user preference) - automatically clears the Message Window when text is inserted after the Message Window has been spoken.
For a complete list of new Snap + Core First updates, please click here.
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.
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.
iPad - (Free Version)
Requires iOS 10 or later
iPad - (Full Version)
Requires iOS 10 or later
|Initial Price||Free||USD $49.99|
|Speaking Capabilities via In-App Purchase||USD $49.99||Included|
|Speaking Capabilities via Subscription||
USD $4.99 / 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 those 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.
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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.