A Picture's Worth: PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism

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A Picture's Worth, the PECS primer written by the developers of the Picture Exchange Communication System, is now available in a second edition. This user-friendly guide introduces PECS, a simple and empowering communication tool in which partners exchange cards with photos or line drawings representing objects, attributes, and actions. A child or adult who has delayed or no speech can easily express his basic desires (e.g., "ice cream") or needs using a PECS card without prompting from another. And as a person's...
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Overview

A Picture's Worth, the PECS primer written by the developers of the Picture Exchange Communication System, is now available in a second edition. This user-friendly guide introduces PECS, a simple and empowering communication tool in which partners exchange cards with photos or line drawings representing objects, attributes, and actions. A child or adult who has delayed or no speech can easily express his basic desires (e.g., "ice cream") or needs using a PECS card without prompting from another. And as a person's PECS usage progresses, he or she learns to put pictures together in sentences to express desires (e.g., "I want chocolate ice cream."), to comment, and to ask questions.

A Picture's Worth examines verbal communication development and how autism affects these skills, and shows how a child's poor communication skills can lead to problem behaviors. Providing communication options—PECS and the other augmentative and alternative communication strategies (AAC) described in the book—reduces frustration and enhances learning.

This new edition cites research that proves PECS (including other AAC strategies) doesn't interfere with the development of speaking skills, and actually can provide a boost to the acquisition of these skills. There's also expanded information on:
- Deciding whether a child needs AAC and could benefit from PECS
- Who is an appropriate candidate for PECS
- Error correction strategies during the initial stages of PECS
- How to choose challenging behaviors to try to eliminate
- What to do when a child does not look at pictures

Thousands of people with autism and other disabilities have benefited from using PECS. The book's complete set of introductory lessons makes it easy for parents and therapists to get started using this low-tech strategy to help young children through adults develop effective communication skills!

Also check out Andy Bondy's and Lori Frost's book on including kids with autism in daily family routines, Autism 24/7.

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Reviewer: Linda Marie Bland-Stewart, Ph.D.(George Washington University)
Description: This book is a worthwhile venture that will provide current therapeutic techniques using of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and other visual communication strategies for children who are diagnosed with autism.
Purpose: The major aim is to provide information on the value of PECS, which is described as an easy to understand pictorial system to be used as a communication tool by children who are autistic. Children who do not have verbal language need to express their wants and needs. The PECS system offers a means to achieve functional communication for this population. This needed book guides the reader through theory of how autism disrupts the communication process and comprehensively offers a visual communication system that appears highly effective.
Audience: The book is reader friendly and can be used by a parent, educator, or practitioner. As a professor and private clinician working with this population, I found it informative and easy to read. As the author promised, it is applicable to all whom may be in need of a way to assist autistic children in communicating their wants and needs.
Features: This book comprehensively covers the communicative process and what happens when this process is not achieved verbally. It presents augmentative strategies to facilitate functional communication for children who are diagnosed with autism. Although the chapter on augmentative communication provides a general overview of alternative systems, the primary thrust of the book is to explain and detail the PECS. PECS is an initial language training package that is use to teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. The case studies and personal vignettes are great.
Assessment: This book is easy to read and the system easy to apply to clients. I tried some of the techniques and found them to be highly effective with a 3-year-old nonverbal client. Bravo! This book is a keeper. It is a gem for individuals in need of a system or starting place for this population.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933149960
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Topics in Autism Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech/language pathologist and Andy Bondy, Ph.D. is a behavior analyst. They co-developed the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), an evidence-based practice that is used around the world to promote functional communication. They co-authored the PECS Training Manual, 2nd Edition and Autism 24/7 (Woodbine House, 2007) as well as many book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. They co-founded Pyramid Educational Consultants, an internationally based team of specialists from many fields working together to promote integration of the principles of applied behavior analysis within functional activities and an emphasis on developing functional communication skills independent of modality.
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