Gateway for the Tobii DynaVox Compass App
Gateway for the Tobii DynaVox Compass App can be purchased directly through the Apple iTunes store and used on a range of Apple® products including the iPad, the iPad Mini and the iPad Pro. Purchasing the Gateway Compass App is a one-time purchase and entitles the purchaser to all free updates available for both Gateway and the Compass App.
Individuals, who require a dedicated device, can purchase the Gateway Premium Page set for use in the Tobii DynaVox dedicated speech-generating devices by adding part number 601022 to a purchase order or funding request. Gateway will be pre-loaded on the SGD by Tobii DynaVox manufacturing and will be the page set you see when you launch the DynaVox Compass software.
Gateway for the Compass App offers vocabularies that can meet a range of user abilities and goals. Gateway includes both Symbol and Text-based pages to support user needs and preferences. Symbol-based pages use PCS Symbols, which are a part of the Boardmaker library.
Gateway for Compass comes with a comprehensive set of manuals to support parents and professionals in implementing Gateway. An Introductory Manual provides an overview of Gateway along with implementation ideas and strategies. Each User Vocabulary has its own manual that includes both Page Sorts and Alpha Sorts. These manuals can be downloaded from within the Gateway App by selecting the Scroll icon adjacent to the name of User Vocabulary. They can also be downloaded from the RESOURCES tab within this website.
The chart below highlights the Gateway Vocabularies available within the Gateway Compass App.
Gateway© Child 12
Child 12 targets young children who are developmentally ready to create multi-word messages but need access to a small grid size with large buttons to improve accuracy. It helps emerging communicators develop language by using their AAC devices in a variety of play activities. Gateway 12 includes page sets for Basic Needs, Playing House, Cooking, Art Activity, Nursery Rhymes, Morning Circle routines, Simon Say’s-Actions, Simon Say’s-Body parts, Birthday Party, “Where’s Spot? and Common Core. Page sets can be used independently or during a focused activity mediated by an adult communication partner.
Gateway© Child 20
Child 20 targets preschool and school-aged children with limitations in visual skills or physical access who have the potential to improve their expressive language performance. It includes over 800 words along with features that help children form multi-word sentences. A “My Themes” folder, located on the Main Page, links the child to five Thematic tabs – About Me, Time to Chat, Time to Learn, Time to Play, and Time in Town. Each tab contains a variety of activity sets designed to increase a child’s opportunities to improve social interaction and to facilitate participation in educational and recreational activities.
Gateway© Child 40
Child 40 targets school-aged children who have the potential to learn to use word endings, articles and prepositions and to create more elaborate sentences. It has a core of the most frequently used words of our language available through a single key selection. A School Core page enables users to access topical school vocabulary while continuing to have access to Gateway’s core. Spelling and literacy are among the educational goals and/or abilities targeted by users of this page set. Five Tabs– About Me, Time to Chat, Time to Learn, Time to Play, and Time in Town – increase a user’s opportunity to use their AAC system for participating in educational, literacy and leisure activities.
Gateway© Child 60
Child 60 targets school-aged children benefiting from an efficient and powerful core word vocabulary with access to the full range of word morphology features and spelling page with word prediction. Its MAIN page has high frequency core words available through a single key selection. The design of this page set results in an average of 1.3 keystrokes per word. Educational pages support mastery of core-curriculum competences, thus users of Child 60 can readily compete with peers in a regular educational environment. A SCHOOL tab provides a way for users to access school-related vocabulary without losing access to Gateway’s powerful core vocabulary. A “My Themes” folder, links the user to a set of five thematic tabs.
Gateway© Child/Teen 20
Child/Teen 20 can be used by children and teens, who demonstrate significant limitations in expressive language performance. Core and fringe vocabulary meets the needs and interests this population. It includes over 800 words along with features that help users form multi-word messages. A set of five tabs is available – About Me, Time to Chat, Time to Learn, Time to Relax, and Time in Town – to increase opportunities for participating in social situations, as well as in educational and leisure activities.
Gateway© Child 40
The Gateway 40 page set describe above, can also be used by individuals demonstrating a mild-moderate expressive language impairment. Gateway 40 may also be appropriate for individuals whose skills are more advanced than targeted by the Gateway Teen 30 page set.
Gateway© Teen/Adult 30
Teen/Adult 30 is a functionally based vocabulary that addresses many activities of daily living. It is designed for teens and young adults who demonstrate limitations in receptive and expressive language performance. Candidates typically communicate using single or multiple word utterances and typically do not use function words (e.g. the, with) or word endings such as “-ing or “ed” as a part of their spontaneous message generation. It includes over 1500 to facilitate novel sentence formation. A Themes Folder links the user to five Tabs. The About Me offers general information about the user. The Talk to Friends Tabs enables the user to express a range of pragmatic functions including asking questions and making comments. School & Holidays enables the user to talk about what occurs during the different months of the year as well as providing open pages for adding educational vocabulary if needed. The Time to Relax Tab provides eight topical folders that can be used when participating in leisure activities such as Bingo or cards. Talk in Town provides eleven thematic pages that can be used for communicating within the community.
Gateway© Adult 20
Adult 20 targets teens and adults with limited expressive language abilities. They may communicate using 1-2 word messages. Adult 20 includes over 800 words along with features that help users form multi-word sentences. A “My Themes” folder, located on the Main Page, links the user to five Thematic tabs – About Me, Time to Chat, It’s About Time, Time to Relax, and Time in Town.
These Page Sets target advanced and linguistically competent communicators. They include a MAIN page with high frequency core words available through a single key selection. The design of these page sets results in an average of 1.3 keystrokes per word. Key features include Gateway’s Dynamic Morphology, Semantic Power Strips, and access to spelling with word prediction.
The page sets for Linguistically Competent users include both Symbol and Text-based options. They are available in a variety of grid sizes to support the needs of individuals with a range of physical abilities and visual limitations. Gateway Pro and Scan Pro have incorporate the keyboard as a part of the MAIN page.
Pages are designed to support mastery of core-curriculum competences and active participation within the community. A “Themes” folder, links the user to a set of five thematic tabs for use in recurring and predictable settings.
Page Sets for Linguistically Competent individuals include Child, Teen and Adult and Text versions of:
and Teen and Adult and Text versions of: