The Use and Benefits of PECS
PECS stands for Picture Exchange Communication System, which is used to encourage communication. It was developed by Andy Bondy and his wife, Lori Frost. PECS may seem self-explanatory with implementation, but there are very systematic ways to use PECS in order to reach the optimal potential for increasing communication skills. Andy Bondy will begin by describing the pyramid approach to education, how to encourage communication and the advantages of using PECS. He will explain six phases of implementing PECS that each builds off of the previous phase. It’s also important to know that PECS should facilitate a modality transition towards speech development; it does not replace speech development. However, this transition can be difficult. Andy Bondy will discuss ways to do this successfully, provide extensive research, video examples, and detailed steps.
What you’ll learn in the course and be able to do afterward
1. Given the 6 phases of PECS, you will be able to
list the components of each phase;
describe an example of how to implement PECS at each phase level;
describe at least four considerations when transitioning to a new modality.
2. With a complete list and description of evidence-based research using PECS, you will be able to
identify two advantages of using PECS;
explain three misconceptions of PECS;
describe two research studies using PECS.
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