Picture Exchange Communication System

Goals:

• Define Picture Exchange Communication System®

• Identify what skills to teach using PECS®

• Identify the steps for implementing PECS®

• Locate resources

 

Definition:

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was developed at the Delaware Autistic Program (DAP) and was designed to teach young children to communicate in a social context (Bondy & Frost, 1994; Frost & Bondy, 2002). Using PECS, learners are taught to give a picture of a desired item to a communicative partner in exchange for the item. There are six phases of PECS instruction, with each phase building on the last. The phases are: (1) Teaching the physically assisted exchange, (2) Expanding spontaneity, (3) Simultaneous discrimination of pictures, (4) Building sentence structure, (5) Responding to, “What do you want?” and (6) Commenting in response to a question.


Autism
Online Course, Self-directed

Free
CPE Credits: 0.50  
Registration Closes: 9/1/2025
Ends: 10/1/2025 11:59 pm
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