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Training in Use of the Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) Communication System

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.

The CIDD will be offering training on the Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD). These 2‐day courses, conducted by Dr. Debbie Reinhartsen, will teach the use of the Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) communication system developed by Gayle Porter. Dr. Reinhartsen is among a handful of recognized trainers in the United States who have the qualifications and experience to teach others to use this comprehensive communication system.

The PODD is a way of organizing whole word and symbol vocabulary in a communication book or speech generating device in order to provide immersion and modeling for learning. The aim of the PODD is to provide vocabulary for continuous communication at all times, using a range of messages across a range of topics in multiple environments. It enables more effective communication and assists an individual in their understanding of other people’s spoken language.

Debbie Reinhartsen is an Associate Professor in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Assistant Director and Speech-Language Pathology Section Head at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. She has over 30 years of experience working with individuals with a wide range of developmental and physical disabilities, particularly those with complex communication needs. Her areas of expertise include interdisciplinary assessment of and treatment planning for children and adults with complex disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, severe motor and communication challenges, visual impairment, rare genetic and metabolic diseases, and other low incidence disabilities.

If you’d like to attend a PODD course or set up a PODD training in your area, please contact Dr. Reinhartsen at

Our next PODD training is scheduled for September 23 & 24, 2019. View flyer

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