Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Switch Scanning Made Easier!

Hey Tek-ninjas, today I want to share a new resource that I am excited about. Many folks struggle with the variables of, and teaching of Switch Scanning as an access mode. Recently Tobii Dynavox rolled out a Core First Scanning Page Set Implementation Guide which is available for free. By design it focuses on scanning in Snap Core First, but as usual, many aspects generalize to other tools.

This is timely, as the company also recently rolled out significant upgrades to the scanning options for the software. If you've not taken a look, I suggest you do so.

If you don't have a copy of Snap Core First, a free "editing" version can be downloaded here. There is also a Professional version available for speech therapists, occupational therapists, and other professionals working with AAC users, which you can read about here. The software by itself retails for only $49.95.

The guide is a digital file, which you can save on any computer or print out. The contents include a thorough introduction to scanning, scan types and patterns, and switch positions. There is also a review of switches and accessories. The guide covers teaching scanning, both within a page and between pages. A section covers auditory scanning, and another looks at modeling and training. Snap Core First allows users to edit a scan group, modify scan settings, and both functions are clearly covered in the guide. Finally, the guide offers troubleshooting, resources, and even references.

Clear, articulate, free, and evidence based. What more could you ask for.

If you have further questions about the software, reach out to your Tobii Dynavox Solution Consultant.

Happy therapy!

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