PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System
WHAT IS PECS®?
PECS is a unique alternative/augmentative communication system developed in the USA in 1985 by Andy Bondy, PhD, and Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP. PECS was first implemented with pre-school students diagnosed with autism at the Delaware Autism Program. Since then, PECS has successfully been implemented worldwide with thousands of learners of all ages who have various cognitive, physical and communication challenges.
PECS consists of six phases and begins by teaching an individual to give a single picture of a desired item or action to a “communicative partner” who immediately honors the exchange as a request. The system goes on to teach discrimination of pictures and how to put them together in sentences. In the more advanced phases, individuals are taught to use modifiers, answer questions and comment.
PHASE I – How to Communicate
Individuals learn to exchange single pictures for items or activities they really want.
PHASE II – Distance and Persistence
Still using single pictures, individuals learn to generalise this new skill by using it in different places, with different people and across distances. They are also taught to be more persistent communicators.
PHASE III – Picture Discrimination
Individuals learn to select from two or more pictures to ask for their favorite things. These are placed in a PECS Communication Book—a ringed binder with self-adhesive hook fastener strips where pictures are stored and easily removed for communication.
PHASE IV – Sentence Structure
individuals learn to construct simple sentences on a detachable Sentence Strip using an “I want” picture followed by a picture of the item being requested.
ATTRIBUTES & LANGUAGE EXPANSION
Individuals learn to expand their sentences by adding adjectives, verbs and prepositions.
PHASE VI – Commenting
Individuals are taught to comment in response to questions such as, “What do you see?”, “What do you hear?” and “What is it?” They learn to make up sentences starting with “I see”, “I hear”, “I feel”, “It is a”, etc.
So what has this got to do with VELCRO?
The pictures in the above phases, need to be easily attached and removed from the communication books or boards. That’s where Velcro comes in. The Velcro supplied needs to be of the highest standard as it is getting used repetitively on a daily basis. At Mailcraft we supply VELCRO® Brand Stick on tape, and as we are the ONLY Premium Distributor for Velcro in Ireland we can offer schools and PECS training consultants the most competitive prices in the country. Please contact us for more information or call us on 0429756696.