A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing a Direct Model of Pragmatic Branches within a PODD book Part 1

In this video, we will be discussing how to use Partner Assisted Visual Scanning (PAVS) while doing a Direct Model of the Pragmatic Branches. It is important to model how the user gains the attention of the communication partner. It is also important to say or show the items that the user would need to say “yes” to for their message to be communicated effectively.

Throughout this video, I will be modeling some phrases that you can use when communicating with someone using a PODD book. These phrases include “Something’s Wrong, I’m tired”, “I like this, I think this is awesome”, “I don’t like this, I don’t want to do it, it’s frustrating”, “I want to play”, “I want to eat”, “Let’s go home”, and “Let’s pretend”.

Direct Models are very useful for familiarizing oneself and the user with the layout of their PODD book. Typically, we spend the majority of our time practicing Direct Models, followed by a Partial Model and then a Full Model when we are at home and have more time.

If you’re interested in learning more about doing Direct Models with Partner Assisted Visual Scanning and a PODD book, then this video is perfect for you. Join me as we explore this effective mode of communication and how it can be used to support individuals with communication difficulties.

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