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PECS 10 Years On: Time to take stock and look at the evidence

Personal experience
  • Louise Malkin (Pyramid Educational Consultants)

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) has been in the UK for 10 years, is widely used in special and mainstream schools, family and community settings, so it is timely to look at how it is being applied and what the ever increasing body of research is saying. From young, non-verbal students with autism, the population using PECS has hugely expanded, with a current focus on how best to support older students and the transition to adulthood and adult services.

This paper will look at some of the common PECS myths and misconceptions that have developed over the past decade. The most common errors that reduce the effectiveness of PECS will be reviewed, including how to correct them and how to work towards quality control in PECS use.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
All Ages
Primary school
Secondary school transition
Further/Higher Education