A symbol-supported communication app.
Snap™ Core First® is a symbol-supported AAC app, developed to help people with language disabilities communicate. Based on core words and Picture Communication Symbols (PCS®), Snap Core First is simple to use and designed to grow alongside your communicator at all ages and stages of language development. Accessible via touch, eye gaze or switch, offering clear speech output and integrated access to smart home tools, such as Google Assistant. Snap Core First comes included with the Core First page set and is also compatible with PODD and Gateway, available via in-app purchase. It comes pre-loaded on select Tobii Dynavox devices and is also available to buy as a standalone iPad app.
Not using iOS? We also offer Snap Core First for Windows.
Product no: 410403
Snap™ Core First® is a symbol-supported app that helps people with speech and language disabilities communicate. Offering multiple access methods and clear speech output, this easy-to-use AAC solution grows alongside the communicator.
Meet Ava, a young, vibrant girl with Rett syndrome. With the help of her family, she's on the path towards independent communication and literacy.
Snap Core First is designed for all ages and stages of language development.
Engagement is the first of many small, successful steps on the road to communication. Snap Core First helps you facilitate engagement by easily guiding conversations and exploring interests together. You can even choose from a variety of voices and languages to find one that feels most authentic.
Meet your communicator where they are. Adapt as their communication, independence and social emotional skills evolve. Language grows naturally over time through exposure and practice. Snap Core First provides those opportunities with features like Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) and customizable grid sizes.
Communicate in almost any situation with core words, a set of small, flexible words such as want, not, and go. As your communicator’s language skills develop, they can string core words together and gradually start adding in other vocabulary. Quick access to a keyboard also helps foster literacy skills and independence.
Snap Core First is a comprehensive, evidence-based solution that makes communication, literacy and independence possible, featuring these key benefits:
Communicate right away with access to core vocabulary, a small number of words that make up 70-90% of what we all use in many daily situations. Our language strategy is based on core vocabulary. Because of this we’ve named our flagship page set Core First. It supports your communicator from their very first words while providing a focused path for growth.
Tailor communication to suit your needs with different language systems such as PODD, Gateway, Text and Aphasia page sets.
Turn on the lights, turn up the volume, play games and get information. Control your environment with smart home integrations such as Google Assistant.
Find the support you need right inside Snap Core First. Use the search bar to show if a word exists and a path to find it. Click the light bulb icon to learn about updates to the app.
Access some of the most popular teaching tools directly within Snap Core First via Boardmaker Player. Get direct access to your pre-made Boardmaker visual schedules, interactive activities, games, books, calendars, calculators and more.
The app’s features are designed for quick wins that matter to the communicator and their communication partners, with new features continuously added by popular request, such as:
A page set is exactly what it sounds like – a set of pages. In Snap Core First, page sets contain words and symbols. They’re based on the organization of language, designed for different needs and communication preferences. All page sets within Snap Core First are accessible via touch, eye gaze and switch access methods.
The following page sets are included with a purchase of Snap Core First.
A page set containing core vocabulary - a small number of words that make up 70-90% of those used in most daily situations. Snap Core First centers around the Core First page set, which supports communication from first words to literacy.
A page set designed for people transitioning from symbol supports to literacy. Language is organized by topics, and keyboards offer word prediction.
A suite of simple-to-use AAC tools designed to help people with aphasia and their families, caregivers and therapists.Learn more >
The following page sets can be accessed via in-app purchases in Snap Core First.
A page set based on the Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) vocabulary strategy developed by AAC expert Gayle Porter.
A page set based on the Gateway vocabulary strategy, developed by AAC expert Joan Bruno.
Core First is the page set at the heart of our Snap Core First AAC app. It offers a simple yet robust way for people who can't speak to combine words and symbols for effective communication.
The Core First page set contains communication tools that work seamlessly together, enabling learners to communicate right away, with a clear path towards growth and literacy.
A small set of flexible words such as want, not and go, that make up roughly 80% of what we all use in many daily situations. Core words are selected for maximum use in many environments, carefully placed and ordered in a stable position for easier recall.
A system for organizing fringe vocabulary, a set of words that make up about 20% of what we all use to communicate more precisely. Word lists in Core First are organized by category to make them accessible to everyone, regardless of literacy skills. Within each category, fringe words appear in order of frequency.
A collection of fast, predictable messages that can be used alone or in combination, for when your communicator wants to say something quickly or talk about a specific situation.
A collection of topics that supports communication in specific places or situations, such as school or camping, to help your communicator create messages that might be difficult to predict ahead of time.
An on-screen keyboard that enables your communicator to gradually start adding in their own words as their language skills develop. Quick access to a keyboard helps foster literacy skills and independence.
PODD, short for Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display, was created by Gayle Porter to offer people who can't speak a way to select and organize symbols to communicate.
The Snap PODD page set contains several communication tools that enable learners to communicate efficiently, with a clear growth path.
A collection of pages designed for pre-school and school-aged learners just starting out and using one to four keyword sentences. It’s made up of 15 cells representing common areas of communication, complemented by language prediction.
A collection of pages designed for children who are starting to use 1-4 word sentences. It enables learners to create phrases in a more grammatically complete way. It’s also suitable for those who need symbols to support their understanding.
A collection of pages designed for children and teenagers who are ready to begin creating more complex sentences. It’s made up of 60 cells, with language development supported via symbols, whole words, spelling, introductory verb tenses and word prediction.
A collection of pages designed for children and teenagers who can use sentence starters, core words and word morphology to form more complex sentences. For example, selecting a verb leads to the presentation of different forms of that verb to help learners build accurate sentences.
Gateway is an AAC language strategy created by Joan Bruno focused on core words. It offers pages designed for different stages of language development. A related set of themed pages match leisure, educational and recurring conversational needs.
The Snap Gateway page set contains communication tools that enable learners to communicate efficiently, with a clear growth path.
A set of pages with a high frequency of core and fringe words, designed to make it easier for children to create multi-word messages. Home and School Core pages link seamlessly to relevant vocabulary. Related theme pages provide activities to promote communication in educational and social settings.
A set of pages designed for people who can create multi-word messages but struggle with word order and word endings. Home and School/Community Core pages link seamlessly to relevant vocabulary, encouraging more spontaneous communication. Related theme pages promote communication across a range of leisure and community-based activities.
A set of pages designed for children acquiring language who are just learning to combine symbols to form multi-word messages. It also offers options for those who are learning to form more complex sentences. Home and School Core pages link seamlessly to relevant vocabulary. Related theme pages support language development in school, play and social activities.
A set of pages designed as a next step for children using the Child Language and Literacy page set, who now require a deeper and more efficient level of message creation to meet their needs. Related theme pages support communication in recurring environments and activities.
A set of pages designed for teens and adults with advanced literacy skills, looking for a highly efficient text-based core vocabulary page set. It replicates the Advanced Communicator page set in text format instead of pictures. Vocabulary is organized alphabetically for more efficient retrieval.
A page set designed for those who prefer to spell with word prediction as their primary mode of communication. It contains the alphabet, folders to access core and fringe vocabulary and access to a high frequency of core word vocabulary.
A page set designed for literate individuals who use scanning as their access method and prefer word prediction-enabled spelling combined with a rich core vocabulary to communicate. This page set also offers access to a wide range of fringe words that may not be accessible via word prediction.
Snap Core First comes with a set of resources and supports to guide SLPs, teachers and families through the step-by-step process of fostering communication and literacy skills.
A free set of printable communication boards based on the Snap Core First app, available in many languages.
A web-based program that uses print and interactive activities to teach children how to find, use and read Core Words.
A free, cloud-based resource that allows you to back up and manage your Tobii Dynavox apps.
A free companion app for Snap Core First, packed with clear advice to help you succeed with AAC.
A suite of training resources for parents, caregivers, and professionals including expert-led events and self-guided learning.
|Tobii Dynavox Snap Core First for Windows||Tobii Dynavox Snap Core First for iOS|
Windows 10 Version 1607 or higher
2 GB at least (4 GB recommended)
Apple iOS, iPad 3 or newer and at least iOS 10
2 GB at least (4 GB recommended)
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.