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The Picture Exchange Communication System

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TitleThe Picture Exchange Communication System
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThe Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is an alternative/augmentative communication system that was developed to teach functional communication to children with limited speech. The approach is unique in that it teaches children to initiate communicative interactions within a social framework. This article describes the advantages to implementing PECS over traditional approaches. The PECS training protocol is described wherein children are taught to exchange a single picture for a desired item and eventually to construct picture-based sentences and use a variety of attributes in their requests. The relationship of PECS’s implementation to the development of speech in previously nonvocal students is reviewed.
AuthorsBondy, A., and Frost L.
Year of Publication2001
PublicationAugmentative & Alternative Communication
Volume25
Issue5
Pages725-744
ISSN0145-4455 (print) 1552-4167 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://bmo.sagepub.com/content/25/5/725.full.pdf+html
Keywords (MeSH)autistic disorder, behaviour therapy, child, language development, nonverbal communication, social behaviour, speech, symbolism
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