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PODD Comm Books Two Day Intro Workshop and Third Day on Alt Presentation

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PODD Communication Books Two Day Introductory Workshop and Third Day Focusing on Alternative Presentation

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PODD Communication Books Two Day Introductory Workshop

Children who have complex communication needs or have only limited speech, in addition to other challenges, often struggle to interact and communicate.  This may include children who have physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, sensory processing challenges, limited social interaction skills, and/or a range of cognitive limitations and learning difficulties.   

The first two days of this course will demonstrate the use of a Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) approach developed by Gayle Porter (Melbourne, Australia).  Generic templates for multi-page communication books have been carefully designed to support genuine communication for a variety of functions throughout the day.  These templates may be customized for a range of access methods and other individual needs. Many of the videos and examples will focus on children who use direct access. 

Come learn strategies for creating multi-modal language learning environments that provide receptive models and expressive opportunities for language development.  Learn strategies for teaching and using PODD with children and their communication partners.  Videos and case examples will be shared.  Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on practice with PODD Communication books. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges faced by professionals creating communication systems in terms of vocabulary organization, layout, design, range of access strategies and customizing for individual requirements.
  • Discuss the importance of receptive language input and creating a language learning environment 
  • Discuss the features of a PODD communication system in terms of vocabulary organization, layout, design, range of access strategies and customizing for individual requirements.
  • Use PODD generic template resources to produce customized communication books.
  • Discuss the teaching and learning strategies for implementing PODD communication systems with students and team members.

Alternative Visual/Auditory Presentation:
Application of PODD for Children who have Cortical Visual Impairment

This full-day special focus workshop is designed for participants who have already completed a 2 or 3 day introductory PODD training.  Emphasis will be for individuals who have visual challenges, visual and physical challenges and/or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Both vision and physical challenges may limit an individual’s ability to point to the picture symbols on a PODD communication book. Alternative access methods, differences in visual presentation and specific implementation strategies for this population will be addressed.

How will the layout of the book need to be different, while still maintaining the fundamentals of PODD?  Which individuals will benefit from high contrast picture symbols or auditory scanning?  When is appropriate to combine visual and auditory modalities?   How do you modify existing commercial PODD books for these purposes?   What are appropriate strategies for teaching partner-assisted auditory plus visual, or auditory only scanning?  How do you teach operational skills using parallel programming?  These and other questions will be addressed.  Participants will have hands-on opportunities to practice these skills. 


PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at Day 3 requires attendance on Days 1 and 2 or previous attendance
at an official 2-3 Day Introductory PODD training. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe Alternative Presentation and access methods for using PODD Communication books with children who have visual challenges, and visual plus physical challenges. 
  • Discuss the essential differences in layout and design for access methods of auditory plus visual and auditory only partner-assisted scanning.  
  • Explain how to modify existing PODD direct access templates for individuals who have visual and physical challenges. 
  • Describe the characteristics of CVI in relation to designing and implementing PODD communication books
  • Explain strategies for modeling alternative visual/auditory presentation PODD books and for teaching children and their communication partners how to use them
  • Describe the process of Parallel Programming and explain how to teach language and operational skills over time
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