What are PECS cards?
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a way for autistic people to communicate without relying on speech. To communicate, people use cards with pictures, symbols, words or photographs to make requests or comments and answer questions.
How do you communicate with pictures?
The key to creating engaging visuals is to understand how images can be used to communicate information….Five easy steps for using images to communicate information
- Start with high-quality content.
- Identify key information.
- Define a purpose.
- Choose the right type of visual.
- Keep it simple.
Who is PECS good for?
It is particularly useful for children who are non-verbal, have limited or unclear speech and/or do not use a functional communication system in the home/preschool/school environment. PECS has been successful with individuals of all ages demonstrating a variety of communicative, cognitive and physical difficulties.
How do you start a communication book?
Every communication book fits different needs, but many basic formats include the following components:
- Home page(s) with core words.
- Action words.
- Personal information.
- Greetings and social exchanges.
- Quick, commonly used phrases (e.g., “I need help,” “I need a break,” “I’m in pain,” “Bathroom, please”)
Why are pictures important in communication?
An image increases a message’s memorability. The human brain is wired to process images quickly. People look for patterns in their environment to make sense of their surroundings, to help make choices, to understand concepts and to achieve knowledge. Visuals simplify communication and can reach a wider global audience.
What are some examples of visual communication?
Some types of visual communication content include:
- GIFs. GIFs lighten the tone of your presentation and are a useful tool for quickly engaging (or re-engaging) your viewers.
- Whiteboard Animation.
- Screen Recording.
- Data Visualization.
- Stock Footage or Recorded Video.
Is PECS effective for autism?
PECS or Picture Exchange Communication System has been successfully used with many children with an autism spectrum disorder. Some will begin using PECS and then abandon the approach because they report that the child fails to make progress.
What visual communication resources are available for children with Sen?
All our visual communication resources include a variety of common topics that help children with SEN learning requirements, communicate openly and effectively, individually and as part of a class. We offer a huge selection of visual communication picture cards and autism visual aids to choose from.
How can visuals and pictures help with communication difficulties?
If we can develop the use of textures, objects and symbols, we can improve organisational skills, sequencing, develop language concepts, and communication. Visuals and pictures can work for many individuals with communication difficulties.
What is included in the visual communication cards?
Simple, bold and colourful, our Visual Communication Card resources are easy to browse, download and use. Also included are a selection of behaviour cards, communication boards and picture cards for Autism (printable).
How does visual communication help children with autism?
For children with autism, pictures and visual aids are incredibly beneficial. They help parents communicate better with their child, and they help children communicate better with others, socially. Visual communication helps children with Autism in many ways.