New Course: PECS Part 2 – Use and Benefits

PECS2As we recognize Autism Awareness Month, we're excited to introduce our second course in the Autsim category of our course library on the Picture Exchange Communication System, or PECS. The inability to communicate is perhaps the most significant obstacle for many people with disabilities. The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was designed to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs develop a system for communicating with teachers, parents and peers. PECS is an approach that teaches early communication skills using pictures. During the PECS Part 2 - Use and Benefits course we will review the Pyramid Approach, explore PECS and Communication, The Six Phases of PECS, and lastly, debunk common myths and misconceptions of PECS. This course follows the PECS Part 1 - Pyramid Approach course.

About the Authors

Both the PECS Part 1 and Part 2 courses are authored by Dr. Lori Frost and Dr. Andy Bondy.  Dr. Lori Frost is co-author of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Training Manual. She has been the driving force behind creating this unique system that allows children with limited communication abilities to initiate communication. Dr. Frost has a wealth of background in functional communication training and applied behavior analysis. She has also assisted in the development of a number of training packages designed to teach language and academic skills.

Dr. Andy Bondy is an innovative leader in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis with more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Bondy directed a statewide public school system for students with autism for 14 years, has presented at numerous conferences and continues to develop new and innovative methods of helping children with autism and related developmental disorders. In addition to co-developing the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), he wrote "The Pyramid Approach to Education." Dr. Bondy currently serves as vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and in 2012 received the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis award for International Dissemination of ABA.

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