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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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"Strongly recommended for public libraries and academic libraries with education or behavioral programs." --Library Journal Express Reviews --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A Picture's Worth, written by the developers of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), is now available in a second edition. This user-friendly guide introduces PECS, a simple and empowering communication tool, in which a child can use a picture card (photo or line drawing) to express his or her desires without prompting from another person. As a person's PECS usage progresses, there are guidelines for teaching how to express more complex desires, comments and questions. A Picture's Worth examines verbal communication development and how autism affects these skills and can lead to problem behaviors. By providing the communication options described in this book?PECS and the other augmentative and alternative communication strategies (AAC)?parents and professional can significantly reduce their child or student's frustration and enhance learning. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Topics in Autism
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House; 1 edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933149964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933149960
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Ackerman on April 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
It is truly frustrating when your child who should speak - can't speak. Just because they cannot speak - does not mean they DON'T understand. They do understand. It is just that they way of showing you they understand is not available to them yet.
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!)
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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. While the book gives a good overview of the system, I think there is far too little concrete information for parents wishing to implement PECS in a home environment. I was disappointed that right when I thought the author would go into detail about a topic, he simply referred to another publication for more information.
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.
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"A Picture's Worth" is simply a must read for anyone who seeks help for a child who is challenged by verbal communications.

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.
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This book is an excellent resource to parents and professionals who are implementing the PECS communication sysems. We started PECS with our son when he was 22 months old -- just weeks after he was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. After attending the 2-week intensive PECS camp, we used PECS as the primary vehicle for communication for our son. We watched in amazement as our child blossomed as he discovered the world of communication. When we started PECS, our son had no functional speech and spoke only a handful of word-approximations. One year later he speaks fluently (although his speech is still disordered), often using 6 to 8 word FUNCTIONAL sentences. I am certain that it is the PECS system that brought him this far. PECS is so much more than just trading "pictures for pretzles" and this book is an excellent resource for learning how to use PECS to its full capacity. We recommend it enthusiastically.
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This book was written by the developers of PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and the founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Dr. Andy Bondy and Lori Frost. Bondy and Frost bring their wealth of knowledge and their many years of experience to this easy to understand book. This book examines the value of nonverbal communication strategies for individuals with autism and other related developmental disabilities in addition to describing PECS. A Picture's Worth is a fantastic book for parents and professionals that are still exploring visual communication strategies for their child or student.

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.
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