Picture Exchange Communication System

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Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used to teach learners with limited functional communication skills to initiate communicative exchanges and interactions within a social context.

Note:
This module is not intended to take the place of training and resources on PECS provided by Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.  Please visit the website: www.pecsusa.com for information on resources and training.  The information presented in this module should be implemented under the supervision of a trained professional.

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
  • Applying PECS in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The PECS module will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for PECS 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of PECS 25 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for PECS 25 minutes
Lesson 3: Using PECS 45 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring PECS 25 minutes
Applying PECS 10 minutes

If you leave the module prior to finishing, your place within the module will be saved. From your My Account page, look in the My Modules tab and select the last page viewed to resume this module.

Suggested citation:
Sam, A., & AFIRM Team. (2016). Picture Exchange Communication System. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from http://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/picture-exchange-communication-system

Professional Standards


Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) module (PDF document, 1 page)

 

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