What is PODD?
PODD is a type of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system. It is a way of organising word and symbol vocabulary for communication and is available either in book form or on a speech generating device.
PODD standards for:
The aim of PODD is to provide robust vocabulary for continuous communication all the time. It can be used to express a range of messages, on a wide variety of topics, in multiple different environments.
Why use PODD?
PODD may be used by any individual whose communication would be supported by an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system. They may require support with understanding the language used by others and/or expressing their own message. It can be introduced to anyone, regardless of age, and at any point in their communication journey. There are no prerequisites for introducing PODD. The Speech Pathologist will work with the individual and their support network to personalise the PODD so that it contains vocabulary that is specific to them (e.g., places they go, activates they do).
For Speechies looking to upskill you can attend PODD training through AGOSCI https://www.agosci.org.au/PODD
Written by Rhiannon Underhill Speech Pathologist
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