The Picture Exchange Communication System is a form of augmentative and alternative communication. Well, that’s a mouth full, hugh. Basically it’s a way for individuals to communicate using pictures. This is commonly used for children with autism. Several of my students use this system to communicate in the classroom. There is a specific format to teach PECS to students.
- First you teach single picture – the student hands one picture to receive a desired item.
- Next, move the communication book or adult to new locations to teach persistence.
- Teach discrimination between more than one picture.
- Sentence strip – using the “I want” picture on a sentence strip with the requested item.
- Responding to “What do you want?” with the sentence strip fluently.
- Teaching commenting using pictures.
Check out my video tutorial:
Here is a free download of this adapted sentence strip if you have a student this may work with!
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