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2-Day PODD Introductory Workshop

  • 28 Oct 2019
  • 9:00 AM (UTC+11:00)
  • 29 Oct 2019
  • 4:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
  • The Benevolent Society 2E Wentworth Park Road Glebe NSW 2037
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The Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) approach assists people with complex communication needs to learn to understand and use language to enable autonomous communication. It provides strategies to support the design, production and implementation of communication systems to enable genuine communication for a variety of functions in all daily environments.

Learning Outcomes

This workshop will assist participants to understand the theory and practice related to PODD communication systems. It will provide information about the evidence base for aided language stimulation, a strategy to assist language learning for augmentative and alternative communication. This workshop provides theory, video case examples and supported practice so participants can develop their confidence in understanding and using PODD communication systems.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges faced by professionals creating communication systems in terms of vocabulary organisation, layout, design, range of access strategies and customising for individual requirements.
  • Reflect on and evaluate strategies for teaching communication skills
  • Discuss the features of a PODD communication system in terms of vocabulary organisation, layout, design, range of access strategies and customising for individual requirements.
  • Use PODD generic template resources to begin the process of dynamic assessment and to produce customised communication books.
  • Discuss the teaching and learning strategies for implementing PODD communication systems with students and team members.
  • Teach people with CCN and their communication partners to use PODD communication books in everyday environments, so communication happens across the day, anywhere and at any time.

Registration includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. Please specify dietary requirements when registering for the workshop.

Target Audience

This workshop will be of interest to teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and educators of individuals who have complex communication needs. Family members and support people who would like a more in depth understanding of the PODD system are also welcome to attend. If you are considering PODD on an electronic communication device, this training would also be beneficial to develop your understanding about PODD features, organisation and teaching and learning strategies.

About the Presenters

Harriet Korner is a Speech Pathologist with over 25 years experience working with people with complex communication needs, including people with physical, sensory and cognitive challenges. Harriet has used an aided language approach for many years when implementing augmentative and alternative communication with children and adults. Harriet is a certified PODD Presenter and works as a consultant in private practice. Harriet completed the Master of Research program at Macquarie University in 2018, researching parent and child outcomes when coaching parents to implement augmentative and alternative communication using a PODD communication system at home. Harriet has previously worked for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Northcott Disability Services and the Independent Living Centre NSW. Harriet has also:

· Worked on the project Collaborative Teamwork for Students with High Support Needs, Special Education Centre, Macquarie University.

· Developed a curriculum support document Communication Programming for Students with Severe Intellectual Disability for the NSW Department of Education.

· Presented at international and national conferences.

Registration and Cancellation Policy

Registration is only confirmed upon full payment of fee. Dates by which payment is required will be communicated by email if timely payment has not been received following registration. Registrations not paid by stated due dates can be cancelled. To access discounted rate for members you must be logged into your AGOSCI member account prior to registration. 

Cancellations: Full refund until 60 days before event. 50% refund between 8-59 days before event. No refunds within 0-7 days of event start date.

Applications are subject to final approval by AGOSCI to ensure fair and equal access to events across organisations. Waitlist registrations will be taken upon all positions being filled.

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