Services For Families
Teaching communication skills to your learner may seem to be an overwhelming task. Pyramid consultants can make the process much easier. Our consultants are available to meet with you, your learner and/or the educational team within the home setting. Consultation generally focuses on establishing an effective communicative environment and teaching your learner the necessary skills to become a functional communicator. The learner’s PECS level will be assessed and probes for continued training will be conducted during each consult visit. Consultation services are appropriate for learners of any skill level. Home-based services are also appropriate for adolescents and adults living in home-based or residential settings.
The PECS Start-Up is appropriate for learners with no prior training in PECS. Our consultants will begin with a brief overview of the PECS protocol, which includes relevant information for establishing effective communicative environments. Family and/or professionals will have a chance to practice each of the early phases of PECS implementation within a structured training session. A reinforcer assessment will be conducted, as the first lesson will be to teach the learner to request a preferred/reinforcing item. Next, Phase I trials will be conducted with the learner, with family/professionals participating in active training. Additional phases will be implemented as appropriate. The Nine Critical Communication Skills will also be assessed. Detailed recommendations will be discussed with all team members prior to the end of the session. A comprehensive report will be delivered within two weeks of the consultation.
Is your learner experiencing difficulty progressing through the phases of the protocol? Would you like assistance in problem solving trouble areas? The PECS Check-Up may be the perfect solution. It is appropriate for learners with some background training in PECS. A Pyramid consultant will observe parents/staff implement PECS with the learner and will fine-tune current implementation practices. The consultant will discuss and demonstrate the next phase(s) of PECS. Additionally, the Nine Critical Communication Skills will be assessed and discussed. Activities are tailored to the learner’s particular needs but could include lecture, videos, role-playing and question and answer. A detailed report will follow within two weeks with recommendations for the next steps in the learner’s PECS training.
Would you like ongoing assistance in teaching communication skills to your learner? Or would you like assistance in creating and/or fine-tuning an effective educational environment within the home setting? Ongoing PECS and/or Pyramid consultation will be extremely beneficial. Arrangements can be made for re-occurring visits based upon the learner’s needs. A variety of options are available ranging from weekly to monthly to yearly visits. Our exceptional staff will work with you to find the perfect option for you and your learner.
PECS Intensive Programmes
The PECS Intensive Programme focuses on the implementation of PECS for learners ages 2-8 years. The program is appropriate for learners that have never used PECS, as well as those learners who are currently struggling with progression through the phases.
This is ideal for families seeking intensive communication programming using PECS. The programme includes an initial assessment, approximately 2 months before the classroom based sessions, where each student’s current communicative repertoire will be assessed so that specific needs can be addressed. This will be either as attendance at our clinic in Brighton or by providing a video of your child.
This will be followed by five days intensive work in the classroom here in our clinic in Brighton. Each day your child will work intensively for 3 hours, either in the morning or in the afternoon. The programme is designed for students needing comprehensive and intensive functional communication intervention. The emphasis will be on teaching children to communicate within functional routines. After baseline data is collected specific goals for the school will be developed for each student. There is an expectation for full involvement from parents, both by attending PECS 2 day training prior to the start of the programme plus 1 parent being present throughout the daily school based programme, for all 5 sessions.
The PECS Intensive Programme is planned to take place during most school holidays.
- Provides a greater understanding of the Pyramid Approach to Education
- Children and parents work together under expert guidance
- Children develop functional communication skills
- Practical parental training to learn how to implement PECS with their child
- Parents gain confidence and competence
- Enables parents to continue to develop functional communication skills with their child
Distance PECS Consultation:
Do you live in a rural area? Or are you located far from any of our local consultants? No problem! Videos of PECS implementation and/or program activities averaging in length from 30-60 minutes may be submitted to our consultants for review. The consultant will review the video and provide feedback and written recommendations.