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.
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.
THE SIX PHASES OF PECS:
- PECS Phase 1 Communicate / Exchange
- PECS Phase 2 Distance and Persistence
- PECS Phase 3 Picture Discrimination
- PECS Phase 4 Sentence Structure
- PECS Phase 5 Responding to “what do you want”
- PECS Phase 6 Commenting
I also have a post about making PECS cards which includes information about what we have included in our PECS book.
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.
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