Tuesday, March 5, 2013

PECS Part 2: Online Resources


A while ago, I shared how I organize my PECS reinforcers.  (Missed that post? You can see it HERE).  Many of you expressed interest in more information on using the PECS system.  I'll be honest, it's taken me a little while because I've been trying to figure out exactly what that would look like.  I want to give you a decent amount of information, but I also do NOT want to violate any copyrights!

So, I thought I'd share a few online resources with you:


  1. Pyramid Educational Consultants is the "home" of PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and their website provides a TON of information!  Including:  Evidence Based Practice articles, sample IEP objectives, sample lesson plans, sample PECS images, webcasts, workshop information, links to Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes (PECS - did you know that there is an app for that!?!).
  2. The Autism Society has an article that's a great overview of the PECS process.
  3. This run-down from DePaul University outlines the six phases in a simple and clear manner.  Perfect for printing and keeping in your room!
  4. There's even a Wikipedia article on PECS!
  5. Ready to move on to computer assisted Assistive Technology?  Try these free downloads from Children's Hospital Boston.  Scroll down a bit and check out the Dynamic Display Examples!  I had a student who absolutely LOVED the "Chase Me" activity!
Hope you find these useful!


PS, Need more resources for working with students with significant special needs?  Check out the Guest Post I wrote for Smart Speech Therapy!

4 comments :

  1. I'd love to hear more about how you incorporate PECS into the classroom. I work in a self-contained classroom and need to a group activity where I'm targeting children at different phases. Do you have any good PECS activities for groups?

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    1. I didn't use PECS with groups larger than 2 kids. I did do the activities from "Noisy Stories" (from Mayer Johnson, I did a post on the book earlier this year) with the whole group and it worked really well. They also responded well to the Kids Express Train music program for speech/language. Hope that helps!

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  2. Carrie, Thanks for sharing. Here is another link http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/user_mod.php
    This site has some very useful information. I would say that the module they have set up for PECS is introductory in nature.

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