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.
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.
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
Lee Withall is a Brisbane-based specialist teacher with over 35 years’ experience in a variety of roles in both special and mainstream schools, including class teacher, education consultant, and advisory teacher. Her focus has been working with education teams supporting students with a physical disability, including those who use AAC. Lee’s introduction to the PODD communication system and key teaching-learning strategies to support aided language learning and communication autonomy, started with her professional collaboration with Gayle (and CPEC team) in the late 1990s She was certified as a PODD presenter by Gayle in 2013. As part of her role with Qld Education Department, Lee has led the development of a range of professional learning resources for schools about students with physical disability including those who use AAC.
This workshop is co-presented by:
Haylee Parfett is a Melbourne based Speech Pathologist with a passion for working with children who have complex communication needs arising from Autism, intellectual, physical, sensory and/or behavior challenges. Haylee believes that everyone has a right to communicate, and is interested in implementing whole school AAC approaches to enable functional and autonomous communication for all. Haylee has worked within and consulted to Autism Special Schools and Special Schools in Australia and the UK to develop strategies and frameworks for developing whole school communication accessible environments. She has presented nationally and internationally on AAC, Communication Accessible Schools and Autism.
Haylee owns a Speech Pathology practice in Melbourne which supports children and adults who use AAC in their kinder, school and residential settings. She also provides workshops, training and consultative services to schools and organisations throughout Australia.
Registration and Cancellation Policy
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- 96.5% refund until 60 days before event.
- 46.5% refund between 8-59 days before event.
- No refunds within 0-7 days of event start date.
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