PECS phase 3

The Picture Exchange Communication System® / PECS® is an alternative communication system. It was developed to support autistic students with communication difficulties.

My five year old is non-verbal and has been using PECS for about three years now. However it is not just for children with no speech. My three year old has lots of language but it is not social or direct communication so we are using PECS to support his functional communication development.

Using PECS has given my children a voice, they are able to make choices and request things they need. These are vital things that make a huge difference, if you can express your needs it avoids so much frustration and stress.

Puzzles and autism. The Picture Exchange Communication System

You can get a lot of information on PECS from their website – Pyramid Education Consultants UK. I would really recommend going on the official PECS training course I found it incredibly helpful.

I have a number of posts that relate to how we have implemented PECS in the home and some key points that might be helpful for others using PECS.


I also have a post about making PECS cards which includes information about what we have included in our PECS book.

PECs cards, picture exchange communication system

The first thing you need when implementing PECS is motivating items. I found this really hard with my eldest at first, so for anyone struggling like I was here is a list of motivating things for young children on the spectrum may be helpful. You may also find my TV choice board / cards helpful.

PECS Phase 2: Distance and Persistence

I also have some seasonal activity posts that include some PECS ideas for Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

I also have reviews of some PECS products –

the Large Communication Book, the Schedule Board Kit, the Universal No Page and the Brown Bear Storybook Activity Kit.

I recently attended a PECS workshop online which was a great format.

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  1. Pawanjot k bedi
    27th May 2020 / 4:19 pm

    Hi where can i get the peppa pig pecs for the story
    Thank you

    • admin
      27th May 2020 / 4:45 pm

      Hi, unfortunately I don’t have a copy but I just made them myself using pictures from Google in a word document.

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