This page is dedicated to PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). PECS may not be for everyone. It is a very therapist-centric system. Dedication is key and the steps must be followed closely. The great thing about DIY PECS is the ability to customize the cards and tailor them to the individual. No one knows your child like YOU do. NO ONE. If a cookie works as the motivating factor..then cookie it is. Only YOU will know what works best from the get go, and those motivators may not be available at your school or therapist office. But I bet you will have hundreds of them. There is a lot of good information out there about this system. I have selected the ones *I* have been impressed by. These may not be as important to you, but just look around the Internet some, there's literally thousands of resources. We will be starting PECS in the next few months, after his IEP and his ear test. I will be documenting it closely. Why do I feel we need more luck than skill?
From the PECS site:
"What is PECS?
Picture Exchange Communication System
Pyramind Educational Consultants
Developed by Andrew S. Bondy, Ph.D. & Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP
PECS was developed in 1985 as a unique augmentative/alternative communication intervention package for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities. First used at the Delaware Autistic Program, PECS has received worldwide recognition for focusing on the initiation component of communication. PECS does not require complex or expensive materials. It was created with families, educators, and resident care providers in mind, so is readily used in a range of settings."
For over ten years Do2Learn has, through funding from several sources including the National Institutes of Health, used technology and the web to provide special learning resources for individuals with disabilities and the professionals and caregivers who serve them. We have worked with leading educators, clinicians, teachers and parents to develop serious games and learning material targeting specific deficits of individuals with neurological disorders including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, fetal alcohol effects, OCD, attention disorders, learning and communication disorders and others. The deficits we address include risky and disruptive behavior as well as lack of appropriate social, communication and daily living skills.
This small site contains excellent images to use to create your own PECS pages. Some images are free and other's are pay to use. For the price, you get an amazing amount of images. Three sets of images are available: Grocery, Toys and DVD's. If you are looking for real photos - this is a great site.
PECS 4 Autism
Established by the mother of an Autistic son, this site houses pre-made cards, boards and board-making materials. She has included immediate downloads with PayPal purchases, CDs, Games, Schedules and other interactive activities. I believe in keeping it in the family. So this Mom made our cut.