CARD - Special Event

Topic: PEPSA Regional Training - Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) - Level 1


Monday, June 3, 2024 - Tuesday, June 4, 2024
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The Schultz Center
4019 Boulevard Center Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207


Anne Overcash
Pyramid Education Consultants

Target Audience:


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

• Identify learners who will benefit from PECS
• Describe 9 key components of creating effective learning environments using the Pyramid Approach to Education
• Explain differences between prerequisites for and long-term outcomes for PECS and other modalities such as speech, sign language, picture pointing, or speech generating devices
• Identify strategies to create communication opportunities during routines and functional daily activities
• Implement the 6 phases of the PECS protocol
• Name strategies for successfully saying, “No!”
• Discuss the evidence for PECS and speech development
• Examine the

Additional Information

This intensive 13-hour interactive workshop is designed to teach educational and caregiver teams the theory and protocol for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), an evidence-based practice based on Applied Behavior Analysis, typical language development, and B.F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior. The workshop begins with an introduction to creating the most effective learning environment for implementing PECS via The Pyramid Approach to Education. Included is a discussion of the limitations of teaching other communication modalities (speech, sign, SGD) as an initial communication strategy. Using presenter demonstrations, role-play opportunities, and video examples participants will gain a thorough understanding and hands-on experience of each of the six phases of PECS. Participants will leave the training with the skills necessary to teach spontaneous requesting, picture discrimination, sentence structure, attributes for expanding language, extended vocabulary, responding to questions, and commenting. The workshop concludes with a review of the extensive literature supporting the PECS protocol as an evidence-based practice, tips to teach your learner to accept being told, “No,” and information related to transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities, such as speech, tablets with AAC apps, or speech generating devices.
Target Audience:
Parents, Teachers, Therapists, District and School Administrators, Paraprofessionals

For additional information, contact Amy Lane (904) 633-4338 amy.lane@jax.ufl.edu.