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Core Words, AAC & Pathways Power Academy - Dublin, Ireland

Safe Care Technologies
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Come and join us for a day of learning about and getting hands on with our new Snap + Core First AAC software and the 'ecosystem' that we have created around it to support both the person using AAC as well as their communication partners. We will also highlight resources such as Core First Learning, Pathways and Boardmaker which were designed to use alongside Snap but can support anyone using a core word strategy!

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 page set, 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.

Core First Learning is an easy way to teach people using AAC how to find, use, and read core words. This program leverages the transactional nature of communication and literacy and puts you on the road toward reading and writing.

Beyond this, we know that successful engagement requires far more than knowledge of core words. Pathways for Core First (free) and Boardmaker Online together offer a comprehensive way to address the breadth and depth of skills required to fully participate in school and beyond.

Join Bethany Diener, SLT and Implementation Resources Manager (Tobii Dynavox US) to learn about this accessible and individualised ecosystem to support individuals with varying communication, learning, and physical needs.


We will use a hands-on case study approach to look at the challenge of teaching core and facilitating communication and literacy.

• Why Core First? – why it works and research behind it

• How does Pathways help? - "getting started" to "setting AAC goals"

• Where does Core First Learning fit in? – evidence and benefits

• When to use Boardmaker Online? – supporting core words and low/no tech resources

Lunch will be provided and all who attend will be given a Tobii Dynavox for Professionals account with full and free access to all our AAC software including Snap + Core First, Communicator 5 and Compass.