Snap™ + Core First®

Symbol-users, the path to communication and literacy starts here!

Snap is designed to be intuitive and easy to get started with so you don’t have to spend hours on choosing the right software, setup, or getting the right content in place – it’s already done for you! At the heart of Snap is the Core First® pageset, a research-based core word framework to help you continuously build your vocabulary and communication skills. Core First is built on three pillars for communication success: growth, engagement and literacy.

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Snap + Core First gives you the power to fulfill your potential

Snap is designed to be intuitive and easy to get started with so you don’t have to spend hours on choosing the right software, setup, or getting the right content in place – it’s already done for you! At the heart of Snap is the Core First® pageset, a research-based Core Word framework to help you continuously build your vocabulary and communication skills. Core First is built on three pillars for communication success: growth, engagement and literacy.

Empower your communication journey with Snap + Core First

Who is Snap + Core First for?

Tobii Dynavox Snap is the pinnacle in symbol-based 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, Intellectual Disabilities, etc., can all benefit from Snap + Core First.

What makes Snap + Core First unique?

Snap is unlike anything that Tobii Dynavox has created before. Our previous software were single titles created to work for everyone, this new software targets and focuses on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) users who primarily use symbol-based communication. When creating Snap, we did bring together the best parts of our previous software titles that we know worked best.

The Snap Difference

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. 

In-the-moment communication is crucial and no one wants to waste time figuring out where something is or how to edit content quickly. Not only is Snap designed with a truly modern and appealing interface, but the real beauty is the ease of customization and consistency of content which allows for immediate access to what you want to say. In addition, the new “Search” tool gives you the power to find anything in the system just by typing in a word or phrase and easily learning the path to get there. This feature is helpful for modeling, which is one of the best strategies for teaching someone how to use the software.

Expertise and experience you can trust

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.

Indi with Snap + Core First

Snap + Core First can be purchased as a standalone app from the Windows store, but it also comes pre-installed on the new Tobii Dynavox Indi(TM). Indi is the world’s first all-in-one, consumer-focused speech tablet created specifically for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). It is ready for communication right out-of the-box, with no add-ons required.

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Snap + Core First is a companion for your literacy and learning journey


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 is designed to be the most intuitive and engaging symbol-based software solution on the market where you don’t have to worry about spending hours on setup or getting the right content in place – it’s already done for you and is easier than ever to customize.

Start communicating immediately

with tools and supports, like Core Words, Quickfires, 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 tool bar is always available with tools to support you as you move around the system.

Designed for easy customization and consistency

with a new user interface for easy editing and grid size changes, common functions for dragging and dropping, quicker actions for linking pages, and a new Search tool for finding words quickly. 

Core First and the power to pave your path to literacy


At the heart of Snap is Core First, a pageset that is centered on Tobii Dynavox’s systematic delivery of the Core Word frameword, Topics, QuickFires, Behavior Supports, Word Lists, and Keyboards. Core First, which is rooted 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.

How does it help users grow?


Core First was designed for you to move forward on your communication journey, and as you evolve, Core First will evolve with you – meaning you’ll never lose what you’ve already learned as you unlock additional vocabulary and new concepts. On day one of using Core First, it’s not about where you are, but where you are going. It’s safe to start where you are and know that the system will strategically maintain positions of content to offer a fluid system of growth as you’re ready. No other Core Word system has applied this well thought-out approach and strategy to vocabulary growth before. 

Why is engagement important?


Core First allows its users to be engaged in quick, real-time conversation about the topics that are most important to them, which leads to engagement. These are the features that make real communication possible! Within Core First, you can easily find the right kind of messages for every level of communicator needed in a huge library of topics, situations, and events. A rich set of tools, which include Core, Quickfires, Topics, Keyboards, Word Lists, and Behavior Supports, are available for in-the-moment communication in a variety of situations and environments that all lead to greater user engagement. For example, Topics give you a variety of common, everyday topics for timely and meaningful social interaction that can be used to interact without the need for complex language and literacy skills. By moving throughout the tools provided, communicators can actively stay a part of the conversation they are participating in and remain engaged with communication partners.

In addition, if you’re a good communicator, you have the choice to create custom and unique word utterance or choose something from Quickfires or Topics for more timely communication. In this situation, these tools allow you to communicate more timely and precisely and you can always determine what your need is at any given point. Our combination of tools provide what you need to be successful, at any given time. No other software provides this type of connectivity as systematically as we do. Core First gives you a seamless way to use the right tool at the right time for any situation! 

Is literacy possible?


Yes, we believe that all communicators should have access to literacy tools. No matter your starting point, Core First will help you continuously grow your skills and build upon them – making literacy possible. In this software, you can start at the most basic level and then build on it – making literacy possible! We also offer various tools that help to pave the road to building literacy skills including Core First Learning. The Accessible Literacy Learning (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). Core Word Lessons and Books also help to support literacy skills. In addition, we’ve utilized research gained as part of Project Core from the University of North Carolina and the work they are doing there. If you would like to learn more about Project Core, please visit to see the ground breaking work from the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies.

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

Comprehensive Ecosystem of Support


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.

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, to teach the position of the word in the system, and finally to teach how the words works in connected text. There are no other page sets today that make use of this type of teaching supports. 

MyTobiiDynavox – With Snap + Core First, you can back up all your files to the cloud by seamlessly syncing with, ensuring you’ll never have to worry about losing what you have created. In addition, this is a great 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.

Live and Recorded Webinars – There are an abundance of live and recorded webinars available for free on Webinars ranging from beginner to advanced will be available for Snap + Core First. Some webinars will be eligible for ASHA CEU credits. 

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