Oak Hill Academy
Meet the students!
Names: Imani, Kayla, Devin and Donovan
Ages: 6 and 7 years old
School: Oak Hill Academy - Duval County, Florida
Product: Tobii Dynavox Indi with Snap + Core First software
When Jacksonville, Florida’s Oak Hill Academy opened in 2016, some of its students ventured into a beautiful new world of communication. Though primarily non-verbal, these students are shaping their unique voices with their families, teachers and therapists leading the way. And Tobii Dynavox Indi speech tablets with Snap + Core First symbol-based AAC software are the main tools moving them along.
Some snippets of their success:
While Imani Gray easily followed directions and engaged in activities, everyday communication gaps surfaced frequently. “We couldn’t keep up with what was in her head,” Mrs. Stewart said. The situation began to improve the first time Imani held her Indi. In a matter of seconds, she found the words in Snap + Core First to say she wanted to visit the ice cream store.
As a mom, Dhaima Gray simply wanted to erase the angst Imani felt while trying to communicate. The technology is helping with that. It’s “an outlet for her personality to shine through,” Dhaima said, adding, “Our mother-daughter relationship has blossomed.”