Introduction to Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) Communication Books

June 27-28, 2018


Registration 8:00-8:30

Event 8:30-4:30

(Lunch Included)


This course has reached maximum capacity. Click on the registration button to be added to the wait list.

Registration closes on June 18

Registration Fees:

Michigan Residents $30.00

Out-of-State $100.00 (There are a limited number of out-of-state registrations available)

Registration fee is due by June 22, 2018. The only form of payment accepted is check. Please make checks payable to Clinton County RESA. Once registered a statement will be sent via email. Please submit a copy of your statement along with payment. Additional payment details will be available in the confirmation email.

Course Information

This two-day course will demonstrate the use of a Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) approach developed by Gayle Porter (Melbourne, Australia). Generic templates for multi-page “light tech” communication books have been carefully designed to support genuine communication for a variety of functions throughout the day. These templates may be customized for a range of access methods and other individual needs.

Come learn strategies for creating multi-modal language learning environments that provide receptive models and expressive opportunities for language development. 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.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges faced by professionals creating communication systems in terms of vocabulary organization, layout, design, range of access strategies and customizing for individual requirements.
  • Discuss the importance of receptive language input and creating a language-learning environment.
  • Discuss the features of a PODD communication system in terms of vocabulary organization, layout, design, range of access strategies and customizing for individual requirements.
  • Discuss the teaching and learning strategies for implementing PODD communication systems with students and team members.

One PODD book per person will be available for purchase at the end of the training to individuals familiar with PODD books and have an idea of the language needs of a focus student or group of students.

Instructions for ordering add'l books will be provided during the training.

Guidelines for choosing books according to student's needs and abilities will also be provided at the training.


Presenter Information

Laura Taylor is a special education classroom teacher of secondary aged students with autism spectrum disorder. Her classroom is designed with communication in mind so that students have access to communication tools during all aspects of their school day. She has been a special education teacher for more than 30 years in various capacities with students ages 18 months to 26 years. Laura certified as a PODD trainer in 2014 under the guidance of Gayle Porter, Developer of PODD.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):

Verification of Attendance forms will be available to upon completion of the 2-day course.

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHS):

13 SCECHs are available for this course.


Clinton County RESA

1013 Old U.S. 27
St. Johns, MI 48879

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Eastwood
3320 Preyde Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48912

Reserve your room by calling 517-374-6500

RATE: $75.00 Queen Standard

Code: Alt

Block Deadline: June 5, 2018


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