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What is it?

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a communication method where pictures are given to a communication partner (parent, teacher) in order for learners to exchange their symbol or sentence strip for what they want. 

What are the aims?

There are 6 different phases of PECS, including how to communicate, picture discrimination, sentence structure, expanding language and commenting. This could be using photo, symbol or words to request what they want.

How is it used / delivered/ who is responsible?

Speech and Language Therapists will have decided if this is a suitable method for your child and determine which stage they are working at. If PECS is used for your child, their PECS book should be available for them to use all of the time. This will be supported daily by teaching staff and parents. If you need symbols or resources, please ask your teacher.

PECS may not be suitable for your child at this time, please speak to SaLT if you have any questions or concerns.

Who are the people I need to talk to for more information / support?

Teacher, SaLT

Can I use it at home?

Yes, if appropriate for your child, therapists and teachers will advise and support you on this.  

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