Family, friends and neighbors are celebrating with ten-year-old Lana as she finds communication success. Born with a rare chromosomal disorder (9p22 deletion) and diagnosed with autism at age five, Lana initially expressed thoughts and feelings through sign language, picture symbols and static communication boards. Sometimes it felt like a juggling act, overwhelming Lana and her communication partners.
These days, Lana uses Tobii Dynavox Snap™ + Core First® on the Tobii Dynavox Indi® all-in-one speech tablet with Snap + Core First and her voice is soaring. When Lana began using the Core First pageset on Compass communication software on an iPad in second grade, her family saw a “night and day” difference in her progress, said her mom Yeng. It gave Lana immediate access to frequently used or “core” words, so she could talk about anything and change the subject anytime.
Core First provides the “middle ground” that Lana and her peers need to enjoy their time together. Lana’s mom said. Through technology, Lana could ask her brother Bret to play a game or invite the girl from down the street to come dance with her. She has turned to Core First to tell the neighborhood kids she felt left out.
Core First provides the “middle ground” that Lana and her peers need to enjoy their time together.
“Lana can get ‘more bang for her buck’ by learning those core words and generalizing them across activities,” said Kaitlyn Graham, M.A., CCC-SLP, Lana’s school speech-language pathologist.
Core First is “language-rich,” Mrs. Graham said. “The software provides visual representations that facilitate comprehension. The auditory feedback provides Lana with a consistent model of the word(s), and she’ll often repeat the word(s) after hearing it.”
With Snap on the Indi, Lana’s tools for talking are extremely compact—and her road to self-expression smoother still.
“Lana can get ‘more bang for her buck’ by learning those core words and generalizing them across activities.”