Pathways for Core First


Pathways for Core First is a free companion app that offers a guided experience on how to successfully use and implement Core First. Our goal is for every symbol user to grow by learning literacy and gaining independence – Pathways will help make that possible! Pathways demonstrates the strength of Core First's tools and the best way to use them. It is a resource packed with expert knowledge where you can find lesson plans, tips, suggestions, and real-world videos to show you how to get the most out of Core First. 

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Packed with expert knowledge

Pathways is broken down into six sections. In these sections, you’ll find the expert knowledge on how to implement and use the app to get the most out of it.

  • Getting started help
  • How to use the Goals Grid
  • How to build the user's skills
  • How to customize Core First
  • Top tips on using Core First
  • Why it works


Getting started

Set up Core First and use it with an example. You’ll also find:

  • Helpful how-to videos
  • Scripts based on the individuals's grid size

Goals Grid

Use this proven resource tool that is now interactive to:

  • Assess an individual's current skills and identify goals
  • Track and share progress in Pathways and email or print status to share with others
  • Access at least one lesson plan per goal

Build Skills

Discover and share (email, print) how to build the user's skills through lessons and resources. We'll equip you to:

  • Teach core vocabulary through Core Word Lessons and Books
  • Transitioning from PECS
  • Select and implement positive behavior supports

Customize Core First

Print or email cheat sheets and view video instructions on how to easily customize components of Core First:

  • Add or rearrange vocabulary
  • Grow Core Words systematically
  • Simplify or grow language

Top Tips

Identify the most important things about using Core First with the user. Here you'll learn about:

  • Modeling
  • Providing a positive communication environment
  • Looking for success

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