Weeks 3 and 4: Explore your simPODD. What can I say?
All communication systems seem complicated at first. Get to know your simPODD. Let simPODD guide you. Just look at the screen and ask yourself “what can I say?”
A positive message
Let's say you want to comment on how hard your child is working. Look at your home page. Select the message I LIKE THIS. The app will go to a page of positive words, including GREAT, GOOD and AWESOME. Choose one of those words. If none of those words work, then select TURN THE PAGE. That will give you more words to choose from.
A negative message
Maybe you want to complain. Look at your home page. Select SOMETHING IS WRONG. The app will open to a page of words you could say to complain. Maybe you feel TIRED or GRUMPY, or something HURTS. If you select HURT, you will get options of body parts, so that you can show WHERE it hurts. simPODD guides you to finish your message.
Maybe your complaint is really an opinion. Select I DON'T LIKE IT. One person’s YUCKY can be someone else's YUMMY, so you will find negative opinion words here. Select an opinion that explains WHY you DON'T LIKE IT.
Notice how simPODD took you down a path to share each of these messages. The first message you selected on the home page got you started. The additional messages helped you be more specific. We speak messages by selecting a path and then following simPODD where it leads us. If you realize you are on the wrong path, just select OOPS or PAGE BACK to find a different path.
A paper PODD book can be helpful at this stage. It will teach you how the book is organized. In the digital simPODD on your iPad, the app does all the work. It navigates to follow the path all on its own. The paper book is different. The pathways are clearly marked to show you which pages to turn. For example, if you select “Let's Go” on the homepage, the paper book has a number and color that tells you to turn to Places. Many people find that the digital app gets more clear when you can learn these signposts in the paper book.
Read how messages are created in simPODD: Explore your simPODD: what can you say?
Congratulations! You have had simPODD for a month! If you followed these steps, then you have downloaded the app and created a page set. You have set new habits so your simPODD is always available when you have something to say. You have explored the app so you understand how we create messages. In the coming months, your next step is to learn how to model simPODD. Modeling is how you will teach your son or daughter how this system works.
Next steps in learning to use simPODD: simPODD is how we talk together
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