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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Muja's PODD Communication Book Part I


On my previous posts I mentioned about Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Communication book. Muja uses this communication book because she has severe physical, audio and visual impairments that need special communication aid.

This book was made or I would say designed by her speech pathologist at Carson Street School for Conductive Education Kindy. If you read this Yvette, thank you very much. The background of this book is black because Muja can see better in black. Sometime I use small torch to get Muja attention.

When Muja has something to say I grab the book and show to her the pictographs and ask her out loud if she has something to say and show her the pictograph of this verbal cue - something to say. Then I show her the pictograph of this verbal cue- you need to tell me yes or no and say it out loud to her. I start with the first verbal cue - chat words. When she indicate "yes" by looking at the pictograph or smiling or vocalising "yeah" I turn the next page and read through each chat words page until she say "yes" again. If Muja does not respond or she indicates "no" by turning her eyes or head to the side, I turn to tab 2 - something's wrong page.

This book has 9 tabs. On the first tab there is a pictograph of chat words. There are few more pictographs under chat words tab like more, finish, Uh oh,Wow, I do, Me, help, hurry up, wait and I don't know.




The second tab is something's wrong. Under this there are pictographs of these verbal cue - tired, pain, sore, sick, uncomfortable, hot, dirty/wet nappy, sad, angry, grumpy and I want someone



In the I like this tab or page, there are cues like - good, great, funny, fun, clever, trying hard, nice,beautiful, pretty, yummy, special and exiting.




Under the I don't like this pictographs which is on tab 4 there are pictographs with verbal cues of yucky, scary, too hard, noisy, do something else, I can't do it, silly and boring.



Then, on the fifth tab is a pictographs of I want something. There are more verbal cues under this pictographs including - rest, cuddle, something to eat and drink, book/story, music, play with toys, I want someone, make something, potty/toilet and something else.


There are four more verbal cues in Muja's PODD Communication book. I will post them next time under Muja's PODD communication Book Part II, insha Allah.

Alhamdulillah, the book works. Even though Muja can't talk, there is so much things that she wants to tell us and we want to tell her. With the aid of PODD communication book, communication is possible.

Enjoy your day!

2 comments:

Amalina said...

Assalamualaikum,

Wah! saya sgt impress la lightnur. Alhamdulillah. Muja dapat berkomunikasi. Saya sgt berharap Afiqah juga boleh komunikasi dgn lebih baik. Skrg ni Afiqah merengek atau menangis bila ingin memberitahu sesuatu. Alhamdulillah.

Saya ikuti cerita lightnur selalu. Byk juga treatment utk adik Muja ye. Semua tu ditanggung oleh Australian gov. atau insurans? Ingin juga saya cuba homeopathy, atau lain2 alternatif treatment tapi sy ni risau sikit kalau bukan ubatan hospital@ yg telah dikaji, disahkan betul secara rasminya.

Semoga adik Muja juga bertambah baik dan selesa disamping keluarga tersayang.

Lightnur said...

Waalaikum salam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Amal

Terima kasih kerana mengikuti perkembangan Muja melalui blog lightnur ni. Komen dari Amal sangat saya hargai, terima kasih.

Semoga semua anak-anak istimewa seperti Afiqah dan Muja dapat berkomunikasi dengan lebih efektif dengan bantuan teknologi di bidang ini. Segalanya terbentang dihadapan kita, melalui dunia internet. Tinggal kita sahaja sebagai ibubapa kepada anak-anak istimewa ini yang mesti cari cara yang mana sesuai dengan untuk mereka. Sama-samalah kita mendukung mereka untuk masa depan mereka supaya meraka dapat berdiri diatas kaki mereka sendiri seperti anak-anak yang lain. Satu hari nanti kita pasti akan meninggalkan mereka, jadi biarlah mereka tidak terlalau bergantung kepada kita sahaja.

Kita harus berjuang untuk mereka dengan memastikan semua rawatan yang mereka perlukan mendapat bantuan dari kerajaan, terutamanya pendidikan istimewa yang sesuai untuk mereka. Alhamdulillah kerajaan Australia sangat menghargai dan berprihatin dengan insan istimewa tetapi masih ada ruang untuk untuk bertambah baik.