Picture Exchange Communication System

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Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)(R)

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

This module is not intended to take the place of training and resources on PECS(R) 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)(R).
  • Applying PECS(R) in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The PECS(R) 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
Suggested citation:
Sam, A., & AFIRM Team. (2016). Picture Exchange Communication System(R)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)(R) module (PDF document, 1 page)


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