PODD in Portland

Two Day PODD Training with Linda Burkhart,
May 31 and June 1, 2018, Portland, OR


Official Introductory PODD Course

PODD Communication Books, Two Day Introductory Workshop

* This Official Introductory PODD Course is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate level, Professional area.

Children who have complex communication needs or have only limited speech, in addition to other challenges, often struggle to interact and communicate. This may include children who have physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, sensory processing challenges, limited social interaction skills, and/or a range of cognitive limitations and learning difficulties.

This two day course will demonstrate the use of a Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) approach developed by Gayle Porter (Melbourne, Australia). Generic templates for multi-page “light tech” communication books have been carefully designed to support genuine communication for a variety of functions throughout the day. These templates may be customized for a range of access methods and other individual needs.
Come learn strategies for creating multi-modal language learning environments that provide receptive models and expressive opportunities for language development. Learn strategies for teaching and using PODD with children and their communication partners. Videos and case examples will be shared. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on practice with PODD Communication books.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges faced by professionals creating communication systems in terms of vocabulary organization, layout, design, range of access strategies and customizing for individual requirements.
  • Discuss the importance of receptive language input and creating a language learning environment.
  • Discuss the features of a PODD communication system in terms of vocabulary organization, layout, design, range of access strategies and customizing for individual requirements.
  • Use PODD generic template resources to produce customized communication books.
  • Discuss the teaching and learning strategies for implementing PODD communication systems with students and team members.
Date: May 31st and June 1st
Time: 9:00am-5:00 pm Pacific Time

Check in and Coffee from 8:15am -8:45am

Portland State University, Portland, OR
Registration: Limited Tickets Available
Early Bird Discount: $350
Regular Price: $400
Lunch is Provided


Linda Burkhart

Linda Burkhart is a well-known teacher and leader in the field of assistive technology, adaptive play, and augmentative communication for children who face significant disabilities. She has conducted workshops and presentations nationally and internationally since 1982. She has also developed many publications and software to be used in these areas.

Information For Attendees

*This is Official Introductory PODD Course is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate level, Professional area.

Check in and Start times

8:15am                 Check in and Breakfast

8:45am                 Welcome Address

9:00am                 PODD with Linda Burkhart


University Place Hotel & Conference Center

310 SW Lincoln St, Portland, OR 97201

  • Onsite Parking Available with Overflow Parking Near the Hotel
  • $3.00 per hour
  • $12 per day for conference guests
  • $15.00 overnight per night per space (car, or regular van)
  • $26.00 to $40 per night bus parking located on SW Montgomery and 10th AVE (8 blocks from the hotel)
  • $100 per night bus parking onsite –  based on availability
  • For public transportation from and to the airport – plan your trip on www.trimet.org
  • TriMet and Downtown Street Car Lines Just Outside Our Front Doors
  • Standard Shuttle service to and from PDX airport averages $16.00 one way
  • Onsite Budget-Avis Car Rental contact: 503-222-5421