Advanced PODD Workshop

Advanced PODD Workshop

Date & Time: TBA
Cost: $1,350.00 (GST inclusive)
Venue: Cerebral Palsy Education Centre, End of Beacon Street, Glen Waverley, VIC
Prerequisite: 2-Day PODD Introductory Workshop

This intensive advanced PODD workshop is for people who have completed a two day PODD Introductory workshop and are now seeking to further develop their knowledge and skill. (Note: Completion of an advanced PODD course is a prerequisite for people who are interested in applying for certification as a PODD presenter in the future.)

This course aims to build on current knowledge and fluency using PODD communication books for individuals who have begun to implement these strategies with students. Focus will be on building fluency, refining observational assessment and implementation planning skills, and strategies for training communication partners. The course will also provide opportunities for problem‐solving more complex challenges. Content will include case studies from participants.

After this five-day workshop, participants will have developed their ability to:

  • Explain the features of a range of PODD communication systems in terms of vocabulary organization, layout, design, range of access strategies, and customising for individual requirements
  • Describe the reasons for the similarities and differences between PODD page sets deigned for communication books and speech generating devices.
  • Develop fluency using PODD to model language during natural interactions.
  • Communicate using PODD communication books with a range of different access methodologies
  • Use a dynamic assessment process to identify individual communication requirements and teaching-learning strategies
  • Describe different learning challenges for children who have severe physical, communication, and multiple needs (including CVI) and identify specific strategies to address these needs
  • Discuss the application of PODD for individuals with ASD.
  • Discuss the teaching and learning strategies for implementing PODD communication systems with students and team members
  • Teach communication partners to provide receptive input using PODD communication books
  • Teach children and partners to use PODD communication books in daily environments
  • Identify strategies to combat the challenges faced by professionals creating an aided language learning environment for children with a wide range of complex communication needs.
  • Answer frequently asked questions

Develop IEP goals and tools to measure the development of autonomous communication


Gayle Porter is a Speech Pathologist with over 25 years hands on experience in the field working with people with complex communication needs.  Gayle currently works at the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in Melbourne, Australia.  She also has a private practice working with both children and teenagers with complex communication needs in their schools. Gayle developed and has published resources on the Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) communication books and pages sets for speech generating devices.  In addition, she has authored articles, publications and chapters on Augmentative and Alternative Communication and cerebral palsy.  Gayle is a highly sought after international presenter.