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Predicting progress in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) use by children with autism (summary)

Predicting
Progress
 
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PECS

Background

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a communication system designed mainly for use by non-verbal children with autism. It has generally been found to have positive outcomes in a range of areas, including social communication skills, decrease in challenging behaviour and possible increases in the use of spoken language. However there is limited information available to support professionals to make predictions about the amount of progress individuals might make using PECS.

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Predicting progress in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) use by children with autism (short summary)

Predicting
Progress
 
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PECS

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a communication system designed mainly for use by non-verbal children with autism. It has generally been found to have positive outcomes in a range of areas, including social communication skills, decrease in challenging behaviour and possible increases in the use of spoken language. However there is limited information available to support professionals to make predictions about the amount of progress individuals might make using PECS.

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Comparison of Communication using an iPad and a Picture Based System (short summary)

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Communication
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iPad
 
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Symbols

The communication behaviours of five pupils with ASD and/or learning disabilities were compared using either a picture symbol communication system or the 'Pick a Word' app on the iPad.

The authors found that use of the iPad did not detract from the pupil's communication; the number of communication behaviours either increased or stayed the same.

They also suggest that though iPads are now readily available they are not necessarily better than other speech generating devices and more research is needed into comparing the systems.

Comparison of Communication using an iPad and a Picture Based System (summary)

Comparison
of
Communication
Using
iPad
 
and
Symbols

Background AAC interventions have been shown to improve social and communication skills in young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (autism) and other developmental disabilities. Systems which include visual symbols might appeal to the visual strengths of some people with autism and systems such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) have been found to be effective for many people in this group.

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