What is PODD?
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 PODD is to support autonomous communication at any time, whenever the person has anything to say, in all environments.
PODD stands for:
- Pragmatic – realistic social language
- Organisation – words and symbols arranged in a systematic way
- Dynamic Display – changing pages
How it works:
You need Grid 2 or Grid 3 and Picture Communication Symbols (PCS to be installed on the computer first).
The computer can be a speech generating device with a windows operating system, such as the Tobii Dynavox I-Series+ or other tablet, notebook or desktop computers.
The computer must be running a full windows operating system; not a mobile platform.
The Grid uses grid sets which are obtained in a number of ways. A selection of free grid sets is supplied on a CD when the Grid is supplied. Further free grid sets can be downloaded from Sensory Software’s online grids. Some grid sets are licensed and attract an additional cost. These grid sets have been authored by skilled third parties, and so royalties are paid.
PODD15 and PODD60 are grid sets for the Grid 2 and 3, which are based on the low tech communication books developed by Gayle Porter. This is a licensed grid set which will attract a fee.
PODD for Grid 3
PODD for Grid 3 expands on the PODD communication books, offers flexible editing so you can tailor vocabulary in seconds, is ready to go straight out of the box and has unrivaled access integration. For the first time, PODD 60 is also available for Grid 3. Providing more choices, more efficient communication and more opportunity for progression with PODD.
Eye Gaze ready:
All of the PODD grid sets have been designed for every type of access, from touch to switch and eye gaze to pointing devices. When you choose which grid sets to add to your user profile you now have the option to select eye gaze ready PODD grid sets, so you can get started straight away.