Special PODD Training Opportunity!

Since the fall of 2014 Introduction to PODD Communication Books training has been held in Michigan. Over 500 people have been trained to use the Direct Select templates. During this time, many people have inquired about training in the PODD for Alternative Access and PODD for SGD (speech generating devices).

Taylor Educational Consultants is pleased to announce that on July 22-23, 2019 - Gayle Porter, the creator of PODD, will present a training on PODD Alternative Access Templates and PODD for SGD in Michigan! The training will be held at the Lansing Community College West Campus, in Lansing. Registration will begin at 8:00 am with the course beginning at 8:30 and ending each day at 4:30 p.m.. The prerequisite for attending this special training  opportunity is to have completed an Introduction to PODD Communication Books training (2 or 3 day).

The focus of this alternative access workshop is on PODD communication books designed for individuals who cannot point directly to a display with their hands. The content will build on the information relating to the purpose, design principles, intervention strategies and use of PODD communication books covered in the two-day introductory workshop.

A range of alternative access PODD communication books will be discussed including: eye-gaze (eye-pointing), partner-assisted scanning (visual, auditory, visual plus auditory scanning), combination access, and coded access. The design features to suit, procedures to operate and teach each access method will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to practice using each access method.

The focus of the SGD portion of the workshop is the design features of PODD page sets to suit speech generating devices. The content will also build on the information relating to the purpose, design principles, intervention strategies and use of PODD communication books covered in the two-day introductory workshop. 

Ever wondered why PODD page sets for speech generating devices are not direct copies of the corresponding language level of a PODD communication book? This workshop will explain the similarities, differences and variations in vocabulary organizations needed to capitalize on, and accommodate for, the innate differences between paper books and electronic devices. 

Space is limited to the first 50 registrations!  Register today (on Eventbrite) to reserve your space at https://tinyurl.com/PODDaltaccess. See you in July!

Laura 

Questions? Email TaylorEdConsultants@gmail.com