PECS Level 1 (Basic) 2 Day Workshop
What could be more valuable than giving your student/child the ability to communicate? PECS is a tried-and-tested approach that uses pictures to develop communication skills in children and adults with a wide range of learning difficulties. Easy to access, affordable to implement and scientifically supported as one of the most effective interventions, PECS is an opportunity to open the door to spontaneous communication.
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.
This workshop is the basic accredited training in PECS and recommended for parents as well as professionals.
Benefits of PECS training:
increases skills and independence with a functional communication system
reduces inappropriate behaviours by reinforcing requests and positive communication
teach your student/child to initiate communication and develop social communication skills
see how it works with live demonstrations, video examples and opportunity for practice
parents: become a leader in your child’s education
professionals: gain valuable skills and learn how to implement PECS effectively in your environment
learn the ‘whys’ behind the practice to enable problem-solving
gain inspiration – learn practical tips and have questions answered from our specialist consultants
What you will learn:
everything you need to know to begin successfully implementing PECS
the theoretical background, including how to develop effective educational environments
a review of visual strategies useful for communication
the six phases of PECS, where to start and when to move on
strategies for motivating your child/student to communicate
how to move from a single picture exchange to sentences
how to teach picture discrimination with two or more pictures
the criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities
The key Pyramid components to designing effective educational environments
Strategies to create an abundance of opportunities for communication
The relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches
Training is essential: Learning first-hand will teach you how to move through this structured approach and avoid misunderstandings which can prevent progress. This workshop is also a basic requirement for further training in PECS, such as the certification process and advanced PECS training.
Pyramid Educational Consultants UK, the only official training provider of PECS in the UK, has trained over 50,000 people. We offer training, customised consultancy and resources to support PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education.
"I have been using PECS in my classroom for 4 or 5 years, but had been taught by others, who had been on the course. Now I have it from the horses mouth, and it is much better. I can see WHY the students have got stuck at a particular phase and what I should have done about it. I wish I had the opportunity at the beginning to do the course, I think my students would have made better progress. Hopefully my classroom can be more effective now."
Delegate from Norwich 2-day workshop March 2015
"Very inspiring. I had been feeling very disheartened about my daughters non-ability to communicate. I now feel I have the tools to tackle this and take control."
Parent, 2 day workshop February 2015
Agenda: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM both days
Registration Time: 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Tuition includes: The Second Edition PECS Training Manual with Data Forms CD (a £49.800 value) - Detailed Handouts with space for note taking - Certificate of Attendance - lunch and refreshments both days
PECS Basic Training: Our prices are: Professional £330 Student £ 297 Parent £185
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