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A Picture's Worth: PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism (Topics in Autism) Paperback – January 1, 2002
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This is a great book for helping you get introduced to PECS (Picture Exchange System) and scheduling. This book helped me get started on giving my autistic son WORDS he could not express.
With this book buy an inexpensive digital camera, plastic laminate and an inexpensive color printer because PECS will change your childs life. This book will help you get started.
We started PECS with Jeff just under three years of age. After 2 weeks he was making requests with single pictures and NO LONGER TANTRUMING BECAUSE HE WAS FRUSTRATED! HE COULD COMMUNICATE. Fast forward to age five and Jeff can read over 500 words, write sentences because he used PECS. PECS changed my son's life and made the beginning process of communication before speech possible.
(Happy ending, Jeff now speaks!)
If a parent is looking for real instruction on using PECS, I would recommend the instructional manual sold by Pyramid Educational Products. PECS is a very useful tool in gaining understanding and speech in autistic children. This book just isn't the best way to go about learning how to implement the program.
The authors, Andy Bondy and Lori Frost are the developers of PECS (The Picture Exchange Communications System). PECS seeks to quickly establish functional communications with children with autism. Contrary to popular belief, PECS will not discourage a child from developing verbal speech, or cause a child to lose established speech.
Although the therapeutic goal of PECS seeks only to rapidly establish functional augmented communications by teaching a child to exchange a picture icon for a highly desired item, the program's application in preschoolers offers a marvelous side effect. Approximately two-thirds of the children under five who used PECS as their primary means of communications for a full year moved on to develop verbal language.
A Picture's Worth describes in user friendly language the mechanics and theories behind the six successive levels of implementing PECS. Bondy and Frost's user friendly language and clearly written commentary makes it easy for anyone who is interested in establishing communications with their autistic child to begin training.
The book also offers compelling case studies, and an overview of the innovative and effective behavioral techniques of Bondy and Frost's companion program, "The Pyramid Approach to Education".
PECS is particularly effective when combined with the behavioral techniques of the Pyramid Approach to education, and offers the child who has struggled to find success with Lovaas based ABA and other intervetion programs an inexpensive option which will appeal to the well documented visual strengths of children with autism.Read more ›
This is an immensely helpful resource for parents and professionals with a focus on the following topics: defining communication, understanding communication, the relationship between behavior and communication, augmentative and alternative communication systems and using visual strategies to enhance understanding.
In addition, this book provides information about the development of PECS and a brief overview of all six phase of PECS. Though this book is geared mainly toward visual communication strategies and PECS for non-verbal individuals, there is also a section that explores the relationship between PECS and speech.
Several useful tables are located throughout the book. My favorite table outlines the most frequent mistakes in each phase of PECS. I found the Resource Guide at the back of the book helpful as well!
It is important to point out that this book is not a training manual for PECS. If you want to learn how to implement PECS effectively, I would suggest reading the PECS Training Manual and attending PECS training.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't buy this, but I am scouring the internet trying to find information about books similar to this, but instead of words it should be full of pictures. Read morePublished 17 months ago by William B.
Have not read the entire book yet. What I did read has been very informative. I believe PECS is a valuable tool.Published on May 29, 2014 by Darlene Youmans
I have not finished this yet but so far in the first couple of chapters I really appreciate the "plain English" of it all and the clear explanations of basic... Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Dominique
I bought this book a few years ago and I really enjoyed reading it. I did not know much about PECS and was doing a case study with a young boy with autism who did not have a... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Leuga
I got as much out of this book as I did from just about anything I have read on PECS, generally. The authors did not much help themselves out by allowing one to look in the... Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by *~*~*Valley*~*~*
I find this extremely practical and well presented. Detailed examples of actual working practice are given that are both helpful and thought-provoking. Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by caroline
My son, 3, has been using PECS for 6 months now and I bought this book hoping to find more instruction on the use of PECS and different sentence structures. Read morePublished on March 20, 2003