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PECS with Older Students and Adults?

Session 
2.5b
Clinical
  • Nikky Steiner
  • Sarah Upton
Summary

PECS is a widely used system in schools and has been successfully implemented for many years. As with all AAC, its success is influenced by the environment and communication partners. Challenges arise when people move to new settings and transition is a particularly difficult time.

There is anecdotal evidence that PECS is used much less in adult than paediatric services and there are high rates of abandonment. We aimed to develop a coding framework to evaluate the qualitative use of PECS as a functional communication system with older students/adults with a view to establish if there are any features of the system which contribute to the low reported use in adult services.

The study involved videoing six older students during a snack-time routine using PECS and using an adapted version of Joan Murphy’s Communicative Effectiveness Coding Framework to evaluate and make recommendations about supporting the student to school staff.

Level of Session 
3
Age Group 
Adolescent
Adult
Interest 
Secondary school transition
Transition
Mainstream
Special
Further/Higher Education