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PODD Alternative Access Workshop – 1 day (2 day Intro workshop is a pre-requisite) EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ONLY

ATANZ is hoping to organise the 1-day PODD Alternative Access Workshop late September-early October 2020 when the speaker Gayle Porter can come over from Australia depending on the developments with COVD 19.

We are looking for expressions of Interest from our members and the wider community. Please submit your EOI through this form


The focus of this workshop is on PODD communication books designed for individuals who cannot point directly to a display with their hands.

This workshop will be of interest to speech pathologists, occupational therapists and teachers working with children who have complex communication needs

Prerequisite: Completion of a two-day Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Introductory workshop is a prerequisite for this course.


The focus of this workshop is on Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (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 book 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.

Participants will learn to:

  • Describe the different PODD design considerations/options to accommodate for alternative access methods.
  • Outline the considerations for selecting different access methods to suit individual requirements.
  • Perform the partner operational procedures to use a range of alternate access methods.
  • Discuss problem-solving methodologies for developing operational skills for individuals who have severe movement difficulties (e.g. developing accept/reject movements for scanning).

About the Presenter

Gayle Porter                                                        Gayle 2020

Gayle Porter is a Speech Pathologist with over 30 years hands on experience working with people with complex communication needs. Gayle lectures both locally and internationally about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Displays (PODD). Gayle currently works at the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre and has a private practice working with both children and teenagers with complex communication needs in their local schools. Gayle is the co-author of “Integrating Augmentation and Alternative Communication into Principles of Conductive Education”. She also contributed a chapter to the book "Communication Without Speech" (Bloomberg & Johnson 1991). Gayle is a highly sought after international speaker.

Event Properties

Event Date 24-09-2020
Event End Date 10-10-2020
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price TBC at a later date

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