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The Effects of PECS Teaching to Phase III on the Communicative Interactions between Children with Autism and their Teachers

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TitleThe Effects of PECS Teaching to Phase III on the Communicative Interactions between Children with Autism and their Teachers
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThe study investigated the impact of mastery of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to Phase III, on the communications of children with autism. Children aged between 3 and 7 years, formed a PECS intervention group and a non- intervention control group. The intervention group received 15 h of PECS teaching over 5 weeks. Three 2- h classroom observations recorded communications between the children and their teachers. These occurred: 6 weeks before teaching; during the week immediately prior to teaching; during the week immediately following teaching. For the control group, two 2-h observations were separated by a 5-week interval without PECS teaching. Communicative initiations and dyadic interactions increased significantly between the children and teachers in the PECS group but not for the control group.
AuthorsCarr, D., and Felce J.
Year of Publication2007
PublicationJournal of Autism & Developmental Disorders
Volume34
Pages724-737
ISSN0162-3257 (print) 1573-3432 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-006-0203-1
Keywords (MeSH)autistic disorder, child, education, inservice training, interpersonal relations, language development disorders, nonverbal communication, teaching
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