PODD stands for:
Pragmatic the ways that we use language socially
Organisation words and symbols arranged in a systematic way
Dynamic Display changing pages.
PODD is a way of organising whole word and symbol vocabulary in a communication book or speech generating device to provide immersion and modelling for learning.
The aim of a PODD is to provide vocabulary: for continuous communication all the time, for a range of messages, across a range of topics, in multiple environments.
PODDs can have different formats, depending on the individual physical, sensory and communication needs of the person who will use it.
PODDs have been developed over the past 15 years by Gayle Porter, a speech pathologist with the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC) in Victoria. Each PODD format has been shaped by the experiences of both children with complex communication needs (CCN), and their communication partners.
A PODD is designed to be just one tool in a person’s toolbox of communication methods.