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MODULE: Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Introduction to PECS

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) has been used to help learners with ASD develop a system for communicating with team members. PECS was initially developed at the Delaware Autistic Program (Bondy & Frost, 1994) as an alternative communication system and has since been demonstrated in the research literature to promote speech development and production (Charlop-Christy, Carpenter, Le, LeBlanc, & Kellet, 2002). An updated version of the original procedures is now available (Frost & Bondy, 2002).

This module will define PECS, outline the steps to effectively implement it, and provide specific examples for its use across settings and age groups. It is not intended, however, to take the place of training and resources on PECS provided by Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc., (www.pecs.com). Further, the strategies described in this resource should be implemented under the supervision of a trained professional.

PECS can be used across age ranges, starting in preschool, to help individuals with ASD communicate with others.

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