Ever have a student that is just not getting PECS (picture exchange communication system)? You are trying to consistently reinforce and prompt picking a visual in exchange for an item. You are using high powered reinforcers that you know that student whats. And it’s just still not clicking… My advice: try real photos! Cartoon depictions of items can sometimes be too abstract for our kids. Using real photos makes it concrete and much more understandable.
Take pictures of your student’s most highly preferred items, print them out, laminate them, add a little velcro, and you are ready to go. My student is doing WAY better with the real photos and it has also helped decrease a lot of his negative behaviors because he now has a way to appropriately ask for things he wants 🙂