For our Axcis Overseas June Giveaway, we are offering a PECS board and starter kit of symbols. Find out why this is such a great prize, and how you can be entered to win it here!
PECS – What is it?
PECS is short for Picture Exchange Communication System. It is intended for use with non verbal individuals who might struggle to use sign language. Often used with children in special needs settings (especially autism), the idea is that a child can give a card with a picture on it to communicate with an adult. To start with, a child might simply exchange a picture of an item he wants. For example, if the child wants an apple, he will give a picture of an apple to the adult who will then give the child an apple.
Use of the PECS system can become more complex and children can progressively use more challenging skills, such as using pictures to construct a sentence or express preferences. This system is used in many different educational approaches, such as SPELL and TEACCH.
What is good about PECS?
PECS has become a popular system for a range of reasons. These include:
- There is lots of research suggesting that PECS is a positive and effective system
- It is a simple approach to learn, both for the practitioner and child
- It is cost effective
- Not particularly time consuming to implement
However, it should be noted that there is quite a lot of confusion over the correct use of PECS. It is stressed that it should only be implemented by a trained practitioner. For information on official courses, visit the PECS website.
Using PECS while on supply
Schools often contact us at Axcis to ask if we have any staff who can use PECS. While full training is preferred, there are not always individuals available who can step in for a day or two of supply work and who have the full accreditation. Schools tell us that a basic understanding of the system is OK, since a senior staff member will oversee the supply TA or Teacher while they cover for absence for a few days. Therefore having a basic knowledge of the system can be useful even if you have not undergone full training. In fact, stepping in to support a student for a few days in this way can help you to decide if you want to complete full training for use of PECS. We have also found this awesome website which provides FREE downloadable PECS cards if you’re keen to get started right away!
What’s on offer?
For our Axcis Overseas June Giveaway, we are offering a set of 32 PECs cards along with a “now and next” board for use in the classroom. This is a fantastic starter set, and plenty more cards are available for download or purchase to add to your collection.
How to enter the Axcis Overseas June Giveaway
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this great prize, why not enter our June giveaway? all you need to do is follow THIS LINK and select how you’d like to enter. It takes just a few seconds and is entirely FREE of charge. So why not take a peek now and get yourself entered into this month’s Axcis Giveaway?
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