Introduction to PODD for DynaVox Compass

Training Type: DynaVox T10/Compass


PODD, created by Gayle Porter, is a way of organizing whole word and symbol vocabulary to provide immersion and modeling as well as a means to express a range of messages in a variety of environments. There are PODDpagesets to provide multiple options to suit the communication and language requirements of different individuals. These pages use similar patterns to the paper PODD books, but are not a straight copy since technology provides different features. Efficiency for communication determines how each is optimally organized. There are carefully constructed similarities in the patterns, so that most children find the transition back and forth between paper and high tech PODDs transparent and easy to learn from what they know about the patterns in a paper PODD.

Join Gayle to explore how the features of the Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) system are applied in page sets for DynaVox Compass software.

  Learning Outcomes:

• Participants will list the reasons for similarities, differences and transparency between paper and electronic vocabulary organizations to maximize efficiency for communication at any time.

  • Participants will describe how predicting vocabulary use in discourse is applied to support more efficient communication in PODD page sets.

  • Participants will describe vocabulary organization strategies to support more intelligible, varied communication for emergent and early language users.

Presented by Gayle Porter:

Gayle Porter is a Speech Pathologist with 30 years hands on experience working with people with complex communication needs. Gayle currently works at the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in Melbourne, Australia. She also has a private practice working with both children and teenagers with complex communication needs in their schools. Gayle developed the Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) communication books and page sets for speech generating devices. In addition, she has authored articles, publications and chapters on Augmentative and Alternative Communication and cerebral palsy.

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Gayle Porter, SLP

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