The Second Edition, PECS Training Manual is a must read for anyone that wants to learn how to implement PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) successfully with their student or child. The manual provides comprehensive instructions on how to implement PECS and begins with a description of the Pyramid Approach to Education (which you will learn is the foundation for creating all PECS lessons).
PECS is comprised of 6 different phases plus attributes (Phase I- "How" to Communicate; Phase II- Distance & Persistence; Phase III- Picture Discrimination; Phase IV- Sentence Structure; Attributes; Phase V- Responding to "What do you want?"; Phase VI- Commenting). There is a chapter for each phase of PECS. Within each chapter, the reader is provided with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions. In addition, each chapter offers a section to point out helpful hints and a section that provides answers to many Frequently Asked Questions related to each phase of PECS. In addition to the chapters focusing on the phases of PECS, there are multiple chapters that offer valuable information related to Visual Reinforcement Systems, Critical Communication Skills, the 4-Step Error Correction and other topics.
The manual is a great resource that offers many appendices with valuable data sheets, worksheets and checklists. Many of these pages are able to be reproduced for future use within your classroom or home. As an added bonus, a PECS Data Forms CD comes along with the training manual. The CD contains many of the data sheets and forms that are available within the manual and additional forms that I found to be useful.
Authors Bondy and Frost are brilliant! I can't thank them enough for creating such a wonderful, functional communication system and writing such a wonderful training manual! If you like this book, you should check out some of the other books that have been written by Bondy and/or Frost:
Autism 24/7: A Family Guide to Learning at Home and in the Community (Topics in Autism#
A Picture's Worth: PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism #Topics in Autism)
The Pyramid Approach to Education in Autism