PODD PRESENTATION Melanie Delacruz Sravanthi Karumanchi What is PODD? • A method of teaching language through aided symbols • Visual representation. • Helps in two way communication. • Communication happens all the time. • Communication is NOT just an activity. • PODD IS A VOICE AND NOT A TASK. • Puts the intent of the message first Do’s of PODD • Receptive input – model all the time – Communication happens all the time – model, pause, provide opportunities for communication • Acknowledge that communication is a priority • Make something out of your mistakes and the child’s mistakes too • Have to use it to get familiar with it Don’ts of PODD • Do not expect anything in return • Hold the hand and point i.e., force the child • Jump to the activity pages. Different type of PODD books in the classrooms • One icon per page book – visually impaired students • Nine icons per page • Twelve icons per page • Twenty icons per page • Reduced size twelve and twenty icons per page – Very easy to carry around for staff – Important to focus on what is good for the child Why do we need different books? • Each book is designed for expressing an expanded range of communicative functions typically seen in expressive communication for specific age range. • Size of the icons – Suits the child’s range of access – Visual skills – Fit into daily environment to communicate How do we start? • Start using the first two pages – quick words – Lots can be said with the first two pages • Once comfortable, select one pragmatic branch and model it Difference between ‘more to say’ and ‘I have something to say’ • I have something to say – To get the student’s attention – To initiate communication • More to say – only way to get the pragmatic branches • Steps to get to pragmatic branches – I have something to say – More to say – Pragmatic branches • To get to quick words – I have something to say – The first two pages are quick words Difference between ‘oops’ and ‘uh-oh’ • Oops – Use it if you are on the wrong page • Uh-oh – If something happens within the natural context Brainstorm • Feedback from the group • Quick words • Pragmatic branches Lets practice • Quick words • Pragmatic branches Questions • Any questions? Feedback • Please give us feedback – What do you want to see in the new school year? – How can we help to make it easier?