Course Details

Date: August 29-30, 2016

Time: 8am-4pm

Location: Holiday InnNorth Shore Skokie Banquet

5300 W. Touhy Ave.

Skokie, IL. 60077

Price: $399- Professional Cost | $299- Parent Cost


This workshop is appropriate for all members of the educational team who would like to learn about the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) including speechlanguage pathologists, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, behavior analysts, psychologists, social workers and/or other professionals who are providing services to/for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Course Description

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.  This 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.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will:

  1. Participants will be able to define the key Pyramid components to designing effective educational environments.
  2. Participants will be able to define strategies to create an abundance of opportunities for communication.
  3. How to define the relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches.
  4. How to implement all six phases of PECS with target individuals using a behavior analytic orientation.
  5. Participants will be able to define the criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities.


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