Tuesday, December 13, 2016

PODDs Everywhere!

Hello Friends,

I'm literally counting down the days until I'm no longer at my school.  Retirement is awesome!
 So many doors are opening for me, both professionally and personally and I'm overwhelmed with happiness.

As one final work project, our assistive technology guru (Wendy Lybrand, MS, CCC-SLP) and I submitted a grant to the CHCCS Public School Foundation.  This grant was for each system-level classroom in the district to have a PODD.  What's a PODD, you might ask?  To see one in action, I invite you to watch this video.

So the grant was partially funded.  Our school system will have enough for printing and assembling ten PODD systems.  I'm ecstatic!

This communication system can be used individually or in a small group. I love it because both core and fringe vocabulary are presented, and this invites a conversation between the adult and the child.  At Ephesus, (where I will be working for 48 more days, ha ha), we have two classrooms that will benefit from the generosity of the Public School Foundation, and I couldn't be more grateful. I am leaving the students and teachers with a powerful communication tool in place.  Tears flow.