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Picture Exchange Communication System

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The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was developed at the Delaware Autistic Program (DAP) and was designed to teach young children to communicate in a social context (Bondy & Frost, 1994; Frost & Bondy, 2002). Using PECS, learners are taught to give a picture of a desired item to a communicative partner in exchange for the item. There are six phases of PECS instruction, with each phase building on the last.

The phases are:

  1. teaching the physically assisted exchange
  2. expanding spontaneity
  3. simultaneous discrimination of pictures
  4. building sentence structure
  5. responding to, “What do you want?”
  6. commenting in response to a question.

    Participants will be able to:
  • define Picture Exchange Communication System®
  • identify what skills to teach using PECS®
  • identify the steps for implementing PECS®
  • locate resources.

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