PECS is an evidence-based practice, with over 150 supportive research articles from countries around the world.
What You Will Learn
- The key Pyramid components to designing effective educational environments
- Strategies to create an abundance of opportunities for communication
- The relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches
- How to implement all six phases of PECS with target individuals using a behavior analytic orientation
- The criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities
The PECS Level 1 Training is appropriate for parents and professionals working with learners with autism, related disabilities and/or limited communication skills.
This two day training begins with an overview of the Pyramid Approach to Education. This includes factors related to establishing an effective learning/communicative environment. Specific topics include functional activities, powerful reinforcers, functional communication, identification, and replacement of Contextually Inappropriate Behaviors, generalization, lesson formats, teaching strategies, error correction, and data collection and analysis.
The training then goes on to describe the six phases of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) protocol. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to fully implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.