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 disabilities.
This two-day workshop will demonstrate the use of a Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) approach developed by Gayle Porter (Melbourne, Australia). Come 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.
1. Describe the challenges faced by professionals creating communicaton systems in terms of vocabulary organization, layout, design, range of access strategies and customizing for individual requirements.
2. Discuss the importance of receptive language input and creating a language learning environment.
3. Discuss the features of a PODD communication system in terms of vocabulary organization, layout, design, range of access strategies and customizing for individual requirements.
4. Discuss teaching and learning strategies for implementing PODD communication systems with students and team members.
Linda J Burkhart is an internationally known teacher and leader in the field of simplified technology for children with severe challenges. She has developed numerous adapted switches and innovative strategies for using these devices with children.
Linda was a classroom teacher for fifteen years. Then for eight years, she worked as an Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Specialist for the Center for Technology in Education - a joint project between the Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland State Department of Education. Currently, Linda works as a private consultant and technology integration specialist.