Alt Shift

Introduction to Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) Communication Books

August 7-8, 2019


Registration 8:00-8:30

Event 8:30-4:30

(Lunch Included)


Registration closes on July 24


Registration for Michigan registrants is now open.

Registration for Out-of-State registrants will open on June 17.



Registration Fees:

Michigan Residents $30.00

Out-of-State $150.00 (A limited number of out-of-state registrations will be available beginning June 17)


Registration fee is due by August 2. 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.

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

Carolyn O'Hearn

Carolyn O'Hearn is the AT/AAC specialist for Alt+Shift. Prior to her work with Alt+Shift, she worked in a center program as a speech language pathologist (SLP). Helping students with complex communication needs find their voices and sharing the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration and all-day communication are some of her passions.

Carolyn certified as a PODD trainer in 2019 under the guidance of Gayle Porter, developer of PODD.


State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHS):

13 SCECHs are available for this course


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):

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



Clinton County RESA
1013 S US Highway 27

St. Johns, MI 48879

Click here for directions


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

Reserve your room by calling 517-374-6500

RATE: $85.00 Queen Standard

Code: ALTO AltShift Education

Block Deadline: July 16, 2019