PODD Communication Systems

In August 2017, the Sanilac Intermediate School District staff received training in the use of PODD Communication Systems.    This communication system is designed to be just one “tool” in a person’s ‘toolbox of communication methods.’  PODD stands for:

*Pragmatic – the ways that we use language socially
*Organization – words and symbols arranged in a systemic way
*Dynamic Display – changing pages

PODD is a way of organizing 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 provide vocabulary for 1) continuous communication all the time, 2) for a range of messages, 3) across a range of topics, and, 4) in multiple environments. 

Since the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the ISD staff has been implementing the use of PODD across the school day.  On Monday, December 11, 2017, the Sanilac Intermediate School District held their monthly board meeting in the Maple Valley Building where two ISD teachers demonstrated the use of a PODD book with their students.  The photos show Lori Loding, a teacher in the ISD Early Childhood Program, using a PODD book with her student, Gavin, to discuss colors and shapes, and Rebecca Schumacher, a teacher for the ISD Elementary Transition Program, using a PODD book with her student, Kaden, having a conversation about what he did a home the night before.  Both teachers were very excited to show the Sanilac ISD board members how they are implementing the new PODD system into their daily classroom routine and throughout the entire school building.  They also shared how the students are very interested in using the new tool as it helps with communication to give their students a “voice.”

A parent training will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2017, at the Maple Valley building for any ISD parent interested in learning about the PODD Communication System to use with their child at home.   If you are interested in learning more about the PODD Communication System, please contact the Sanilac Intermediate School District at (810) 648-9020 ext. 4416 and speak with ISD Speech Therapist Jennifer Osborn. 

student working with teacher
Lori Loding, ISD Teacher, with student, Gavin, demonstrating to the Sanilac ISD Board members, how to use a PODD communication book and discuss the shape/color work activity taking place in her classroom.
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Sanilac ISD Superintendent Duane Lange and ISD Board Member, Cynthia Nunn, look on as Rebecca Schumacher, ISD Teacher, demonstrates having a conversation with student, Kaden, using the PODD Communication System.

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Tail Waggers Treats

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Tail Waggers Treats are made by the Secondary Transition Program (STP) students, which is a special education classroom at Sanilac ISD.  Tail Waggers Treats gives the students the opportunity to produce, package, and sell a product while developing universal work skills.  These jobs make the students feel proud, give them a sense of purpose and also give them a taste into the working world.  Students mix ingredients, bake the treats, package the treats, and keep an inventory of product sold. 

Money that is raised goes back into the business and will also supply funding for the STP students to participate with community instruction and allow for community participation.  Students make small and large dog bones.  Each bag cost $3.00 (we raised the price by $1.00 because we are adding more into each bag) and have approximately 6 oz. of dog bones (around 50-55 small bones and around 12-15 large bones). 

They are currently sold at Thumb Vet in Sandusky, The Sanilac Humane Society and Mary’s Diner in Carsonville, and The Hub located at Sanilac Career Center.  If you would like to sell or purchase dog bones you may contact Jenny Beck at jbeck@sanilacisd.org or 810-648-4700 ext. 4220.

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student of the week Peyton Vogel

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