Sunday, November 2, 2008

PODD & Partner Assisted Communication

Partner Assisted Communication is a technique developed and promoted by Linda Burkhardt and Gayle Porter. The basic idea behind the system is receptive vocabulary. A student is asked a series of questions about a page and the partner looks for a affirmative response. This type of system is perfect for students who are physically challenged and cannot use a dynamic display device, or for any student who is non-verbal. It is low-tech, requiring only paper, and a binder to hold it.

One such system is Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) developed by Gayle Porter. This system is a very organized way to use Partner Assisted Communication. The partner systematically asks the student a series of questions to navigate from page to page. The page numbers are listed on every button, as well as color coded to assist the partner.

This is a great communication system for all students who are starting out, and need a system fast. Here are several more resources about PODD:

Partner Assisted Communication Strategies for children who face multiple challenges

PODD Communication Books