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CEC 2017 Convention and Expo

04/05/2017

Join us at the CEC 2017 Convention & Expo at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on April 19th - 21st, 2017! Visit us at exhibit #1127 where we will be giving away wonderful PECS & Pyramid products! Stop by and see first hand all of the beneficial services we have to offer!

Additional information can be found by visiting the CEC Convention website. We hope to see you in Boston!

 

2017 AOTA Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration

03/13/2017

Join us at the 2017 AOTA Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA on March 30th-April 1st, 2017!  Visit us at exhibit #203, we will be giving away great PECS & Pyramid products, our fantastic Apps, and see first hand all of the beneficial services we have to offer!

Additional information can be found by visiting the AOTA Conference website. See you in Philadelphia!

 

ATIA 2017 Conference

12/15/2016

Join us at the ATIA 2017 Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 18th - 21st, 2017! We are super excited to present the following sessions this year:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
AAC-64
Transitioning from PECS to SGDs
Anne K. Overcash, M.Ed.
Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP
Room: Bonaire 1

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
AAC-43
PECS and Core Vocabulary
Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP
Anne K. Overcash, M.Ed.
Room: Caribbean V

Additional information can be found by visiting the session directory website. We hope you can join us!
 

 

2016 ASHA Convention

10/26/2016

Join us at the 2016 ASHA Convention in Philadelphia, PA on November 17th-19th where we will be presenting and exhibiting!

Pyramid's co-founder, Lori Frost M.S., CCC/SLP, will be participating in an important panel discussion on Friday, November 18th. Our Clinical Director, Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP, BCBA, and Senior PECS Consultants, Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP, and Jill M. Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP, will join Ms. Frost for two talks on Saturday, November 19th.

Additional information can be found below or by visiting the ASHA Convention website. We hope you will join us for these beneficial sessions and don't for get to stop by and visit our exhibit #926!

Title: Teaching Kids with Autism to Talk: How It’s Done
Session Number: 1407
Day: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Authors: Patricia Prelock, Lori Frost M.S., CCC/SLP, Mareile Koenig, Erika Olmeda

Title: ABA for SLPs
Session Number: 1610
Topic Area: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Day: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Authors: Catherine Horton M.S., CCC/SLP, BCBA, Lori Frost M.S., CCC/SLP, Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP, and Jill M. Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP

Title: Current Trends in AAC Vocabulary Selection: Is Core Enough?
Session Number: 1651
Topic Area: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Day: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Authors: Lori Frost M.S., CCC/SLP, Catherine Horton M.S., CCC/SLP, BCBA, Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP, and Jill M. Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP
 

 

34th Annual Autism New Jersey Conference

10/12/2016

We are delighted to once again exhibit during the 34th Annual Autism New Jersey Conference on October 27 & 28, 2016 in Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center!

In addition, Pyramid Educational Consultant's own, Dr. Joe McCleery, will be presenting two talks on Friday, October 28th. Additional information can be found below. We look forward to seeing you there!

E50 • Critical Communication Skills • Intermediate • ASHA • BACB
Joseph McCleery, Ph.D., Pyramid Educational Consultants and Joelle Lugo, M.Ed., BCBA, Freehold Township School District
Many individuals with ASD engage in challenging behaviors which are sometimes a function of the inability to appropriately request assistance, request a break, and/or wait for desired items or activities. This workshop will introduce practical, functional communication assessment and teaching strategies for a subset of critical communication skills which should be taught to all learners with ASD in order to both proactively and reactively address the functions of common challenging behaviors. The strategies are effective regardless of communicative modality, and participants will leave the presentation with basic abilities to identify the functions of behavior and to implement teaching protocols to replace behaviors with functional and effective communication skills.

F63 • PECS: Supporting Teacher Fidelity and Measuring Learner Progress • Intermediate • ASHA • BACB
Joseph McCleery, Ph.D., Pyramid Educational Consultants and Joelle Lugo, M.Ed., BCBA, Freehold Township School District
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is an evidence-based practice for improving communication, socialization, and behavior. This workshop will describe Fidelity of Implementation (FI) procedures which help to ensure effective implementation of PECS training procedures. The presenters will then share an interactive behavioral assessment which measures learner progress through Phases I through IV of the protocol. Participants will be able to apply both the teacher FI and learner assessment procedures to support evidence-based benefits of PECS training in diverse settings.
 

 

Sussex Consortium

06/20/2016

We are proud to announce that the Sussex Consortium in Lewes, DE has SIX teams that have earned Pyramid Certified Classroom Certification for the 2015-2016 school year! This is the largest number of Pyramid Certified Classrooms in a single program in the United States!

Over the past year, these teams have put in countless hours attending trainings, creating new materials and implementing best-practice strategies for all learners in their classrooms. The Sussex Consortium in Lewes, DE exemplifies their motto, “Where all Children can Learn.”

We are so proud of all of their accomplishments this year!

 

Interested in joining our team as a Pyramid Consultant?

05/23/2016

Are you passionate about PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education? Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. currently has an opening for a full-time consultant position. This position consists of a combination of consultation and training regarding PECS, the Pyramid Approach to Education and related topics. This is a unique opportunity to join our team of behavior analysts, special education teachers, speech language pathologists and psychologists…and interact directly with Dr. Andy Bondy and Lori Frost! Extensive travel is required for this position.

A Masters or Doctorate degree in a relevant field (e.g., behavior analysis, special education, speech pathology, assistive technology) is required. Experience implementing functional communication systems and creating effective educational environments is also a necessity. Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to: Catherine Horton, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA - Clinical Director at chorton@pecs.com.

 

ABAI Convention

03/31/2016

Join our consultants as they present cutting-edge information at the 42nd Annual ABAI Convention on the topics listed below! The Convention will take place in Chicago, IL from May 27th through May 31st. We hope to see you there!

HELP! I Can't WAIT to Take a BREAK ... and Other Critical Communication Skills
Workshop PBID#: 14
Date: 05/27/2016 Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Columbus Hall EF, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Register Here

Mastered PECS -- What's Next: Transitioning from PECS to Speech Generating Devices
Workshop PBID#: 36
Date: 05/28/2016 Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Columbus Hall CD, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Register Here

Stimulus Control and its Relationship to Teaching, Prompting, Error Correction, and Errorless Learning
Workshop PBID#: 75
Date: 05/28/2016 Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zurich B (Swissôtel)
Register Here

 

The Pyramid Picture: Newsletter

03/24/2016

Our latest edition of The Pyramid Picture is now available!  Click here to view the newsletter!

 

Go the Distance for Autism - Cycling Event

02/02/2016

The Go the Distance for Autism Cycling Event will take place on May 22nd, 2016 in Paramus, NJ. This wonderful event benefits families served by Alpine Learning Group, The EPIC School, Garden Academy and REED Academy, four leading institutions on the forefront of autism care and services.

Visit http://www.gtd4autism.org/index.cfm? for more information.

 

2015 ASHA Convention

10/30/2015

We are excited to present and exhibit during the 2015 ASHA Convention in Denver, Colorado! The convention will take place on November 12th-14th at the Colorado Convention Center.  Information regarding the session conducted by Pyramid Consultants can be found below.  Please visit us at booth #733!

Mastered PECS -- What’s Next: Transitioning From PECS to SGDs

Topic Area: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Session Number: 1606
Session Format: Seminar 2-hours
Day: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM ─ 10:00 AM

Author(s): Catherine Horton (Author who will be presenting at the session), Lori Frost (Author who will be presenting at the session), Jo-Anne Matteo (Author who will be presenting at the session)

For more information please visit http://www.asha.org/events/convention/

 

33rd Annual Autism New Jersey Conference

09/29/2015

Dr. Andy Bondy and Ms. Lori Frost, co-developers of PECS and co-founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants, and Clinical Research & Development Director, Dr. Joe McCleery, will be presenting several sessions at the 33rd Annual Autism New Jersey Conference on October 15th & 16th in Atlantic City, NJ. Pyramid will also be exhibiting during the conference.

Below are the sessions that Dr. Bondy, Ms. Frost, and Dr. McCleery are scheduled to present:

Thursday, October 15th - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Buddhism and Behavior Analysis
Andy Bondy, Ph.D., Pyramid Educational Consultants

Thursday, October 15th - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Distinguishing Stimulus Control, Prompts, Cues, and Error Correction
Andy Bondy, Ph.D., Pyramid Educational Consultants

Friday, October 16th - 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Building Core Vocabulary with PECS®
Joseph McCleery, Ph.D., Pyramid Educational Consultants

Friday, October 16th - 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Transitioning from PECS® to Technological Devices
Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP, Pyramid Educational Consultants

 

Let's Go Back to School with Pyramid Contest

09/18/2015

Throughout September and October we will be conducting a "Let's Go Back to School with Pyramid" Contest! We invite you to share pictures of how you incorporate our Pyramid products into your setting.

Send us pictures of your schedules, token boards, activity boards, etc. The more pictures you send, the more chances you have to win!! Send pictures to marketing@pecs.com along with your name and brief description of the photo OR post them on Facebook and tag us in the picture! (PECS_USA) Winners will be chosen Monday, November 2nd, 2015. Prizes include PECS products and our apps!

 

Special Announcement

06/03/2015

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Lori A. Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP has been appointed as the Vice President of the Autism New Jersey Board of Trustees. Congratulations Lori, on this great achievement!

 

Autism Awareness Month

04/02/2015

On Saturday, April 25th, 2015 we will be participating and exhibiting at the Annual Walk for Autism, hosted by Autism Delaware, at Fox Point Park in Wilmington, DE. We hope you will join us at this event to help raise funds and awareness for a fantastic cause! For more information or to sign up, please click here.


Throughout Autism Awareness Month our PECS IV+, PECS Phase III, iHear PECS: Animals, Wait4it and Working4 apps will be offered at reduced prices! Go to the Apple App Store to purchase. For more information about our apps go to www.pecs.com/apps


The PECS Communication Books are our Featured Products during April! The Small Communication Book is on sale for just $31.00 while the Large Communication Book is also on sale for just $33.00!

 

04/02/2015

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we will be conducting a "Show us your PECS" contest! We invite you to share your pictures of students using PECS at school, home or in the community! Feel free to send photos that include use of the traditional PECS books or the new PECS IV+ app.

The more pictures you send, the more chances you have to win! Send pictures to marketing@pecs.com along with your name and brief description of the photo OR post them on Facebook and tag us in the picture! Winners will be chosen Monday, May 4th, 2015. *Prizes include PECS products and apps!

 

Featured Consultant - Jesseca Collins, M.Ed., BCBA

03/30/2015

We are happy to announce our featured Pyramid Consultant for the month of April, Jesseca Collins, M.Ed., BCBA!

Jesse joined the Pyramid team in January 2014. Prior to joining Pyramid Jesse spent ten years in Public and Nonpublic school environments as an Instructional Assistant, Special Education Teacher, General Education Teacher, and Program Specialist. She has given support to the development of programs, staff supervision and training, and writing IEP and Behavior Intervention Plans. She has her teaching credentials in the state of California and Colorado and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

As a consultant for Pyramid Jesse is providing consult and PECS trainings across the country.

“I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work for Pyramid. This experience has changed my life and I gain energy and passion for the field as I meet professionals and parents throughout the country. It has been priceless to watch individuals gain a functional communication system and to assist professionals and parents gain confidence in supporting their learners.” - Jesse’s thoughts regarding her experience with Pyramid

Jesse is a valued addition to the Pyramid family! Congratulations to Jesse for all of her hard work!

 

PECS Survey

03/25/2015

Are you currently implementing PECS with learners? Want to take a survey about your experiences? The University of South Wales is conducting a survey about practitioners’ experiences and perceptions of PECS. Go to http://kwiksurveys.com/s.asp?sid=2gyiteyc63puoxl499271 to participate in the survey.

 

2015 Specialized Talks Tour

01/15/2015

We are thrilled to announce our 2015 Specialized Talks Tour! PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education developers, Dr. Andy Bondy and Ms. Lori Frost M.S., CCC/SLP will be presenting several valuable workshops during the month of March, 2015. Dr. Bondy will present "The Language of Emotions" while Ms. Frost will present "Transitioning from PECS to SGDs (Speech Generating Devices)."

Dr. Bondy and Ms. Frost, innovative leaders in the field of autism, will be visiting Philadelphia, PA and Los Angeles, CA. We hope you can join us for this unique occasion!

 

New Download Available!

11/26/2014

Our new Public Posting Board provides a unique strategy for keeping all team members up-to-date on critical information for each learner. Hang one of our custom posters for each learner on the classroom wall so that, at a glance, anyone can see current reinforcers, dislikes, behavior targets, independent tasks, ARRT interval, and current status of the Critical Communication Skills.

Visit http://www.pecsusa.com/publicposting2014-A4-gray.pdf for our free download.

 

2014 ASHA Convention - Orlando, FL

10/28/2014

We are excited to be presenting and exhibiting at the 2014 ASHA Convention in Orlando, Florida! The convention will take place on November 20th-22nd at the Orange County Convention Center. Sessions conducted by Pyramid Consultants can be found below.

Thursday, November 20th - 6:30PM-7:30PM #1205
Success in the Classroom: Teaching Critical Communication Skills for Independence

Hyatt Regency Orlando-Plaza Ballroom H
Presented by: Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP, Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP, Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP, CAGS, and Jill Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP


Saturday, November 22nd - 10:30AM-11:30AM #1650
Life During PECS: Support as an EBP and the Risk of Procedural Drift

Orange County Convention Center-Room W415A
Presented by: Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP, Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP, Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP, CAGS, and Jill Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP


This year's theme is Science. Learning. Practice. Generations of Discovery. For more information please visit: http://www.asha.org/events/convention/

 

Featured Consultant - Dr. Anthony Castrogiovanni

10/02/2014

We are excited to announce our featured Pyramid Consultant for the month of October is Dr. Anthony "Tony" Castrogiovanni.

Tony has worked with PECS creators Dr. Andy Bondy & Ms. Lori Frost since the early 1990s and joined Pyramid as a Consultant / Supervisor in 1999.

Tony started his career in the 1970s with the de-institutionalization movement, helping folks back into their home communities, most notably from Willowbrook in New York City. Prior to Pyramid, he was the Clinical and Residential Director of Chimes, Delaware's adult special populations program. The Delaware Autism Program (DAP) students would graduate and then enter adult services within Tony's program. It was there that PECS was extended to adult populations for the first time. He also sat on the Monitoring and Review Board for DAP during that period.

Just before joining Pyramid, Tony had developed the largest 'in-home / classroom' ABA consultation service on the east coast, with classrooms and students from South Carolina to northern Maine; while Director of the Center for Autism Research and Educational Services at Bancroft NeuroHealth in New Jersey.

Since joining Pyramid he has developed several new trainings, been involved in research and consultation, and continues to love the professional interaction training and consultation provides, and ultimately how it helps individuals and families.

"It has been a joy to watch PECS and then Pyramid grow and expand and help children and adults around the world. I feel lucky to be a part of it all!" - Tony's feelings concerning his experience with Pyramid.

Tony is a valued member of the Pyramid family! Congratulations to Tony for all of his accomplishments and excellent work!

 

Pyramid Attending the Autism New Jersey Conference

09/02/2014

Dr. Andy Bondy, co-developer of PECS and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, and Dr. Joe McCleery will be presenting several sessions at the 32nd Annual Autism New Jersey Conference on October 23rd & 24th in Atlantic City, NJ. Pyramid will also be exhibiting during the conference.

Below are the sessions that Dr. Bondy and Dr. McCleery are scheduled to present:

Workshop # 40: Building Communication Skills with PECS and Apps, Dr. Andy Bondy, PhD (Friday, October 24th, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM)
Workshop # 60: Working with Nonverbal and Minimally Verbal Children, Dr. Joe McCleery, PhD (Friday, October 24th, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM)

Lunch and Learn Session # 6: School-Based Physical Exercise for Students with ASD, Joseph McCleery, PhD (Friday, October 24th, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)
Lunch and Learn Session # 8: The Buddha-ful Eightfold Path to Effective Work in Autism, Andy Goyo Bondy, PhD and Bright Dawn Lay Minister (Friday, October 24th, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)

For more information about the conference and/or to register visit the following links:

www.autismnj.org/annual_conference
www.autismnj.org/2014_conference_registration
http://www.autismnj.org/file/Conference-Registration-Brochure-web-2014.pdf

 

2015 Catalog Now Available

08/26/2014

The 2015 Pyramid/PECS Catalog is now available.  Please visit http://www.pecsusa.com/brochure.php to view.

 

Dr. Andy Bondy - Cultural Sensitivity and Ethical Practices Talk

07/07/2014

On August 8th Andy Bondy, PhD, co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, will be presenting a talk titled Cultural Sensitivity and Ethical Practices at the 2nd Annual Ethics in Professional Practice Conference hosted by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.

For more information about this conference and/or to register visit www.behavior.org/event.php?id=6134.

 

Pyramid is now on Instagram

06/30/2014

Pyramid Educational Consultants are excited to announce that we have joined Instagram (www.instagram.com/pecsglobal)! Follow us on IG @PECSglobal or search for us at PyramidEdConsultants!

 

ACEing Autism Partnership

06/25/2014

Pyramid has partnered with ACEing Autism & donated custom visual supports for use at their tennis camps for kids with autism! Go to www.aceingautism.com to learn more about this wonderful volunteer-driven non-profit organization!

   

 

 

Featured Consultant - Jo-Anne Matteo

06/24/2014

We are excited to announce our featured Pyramid Consultant for the month of July, Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP!

Jo-Anne has been a part of the Pyramid team for nearly thirteen years. Prior to joining Pyramid, Jo-Anne spent twenty-one years in the Connecticut Public School system as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistant Director of Special Education. She spent many years involved in program development, staff supervision and training, and chairing IEP meetings.

As a consultant for Pyramid, Jo-Anne has not only worked in the U.S. but has helped Pyramid companies around the globe. Jo-Anne assisted in organizing the first classrooms for students with Autism in France, ran a two week intensive summer program in Greece, and co-presented in Cyprus for the Ministry of Education in 2007. In addition, she has consulted to Chicago Public Schools for eight years, and Caddo Parish Schools in Louisiana for four years. Jo-Anne continues to provide in-home and school consultation as well as present PECS Trainings across the county. Jo-Anne presents and exhibits at the ASHA Convention on a yearly basis.

"As a speech-language pathologist I have dedicated my life to providing a voice to those with communication challenges. Pyramid Educational Consultants allow me the opportunity to teach PECS to students and give them a voice. It also allows me to teach parents, professionals and care givers the skills to share in my passion!" - Jo-Anne's thoughts regarding her experience with Pyramid.

Jo-Anne Matteo is an esteemed member of the Pyramid family! Congratulations to Jo-Anne for all of her accomplishments and exemplary work!
 

Jo-Anne Matteo (left) Lori Frost (right) at the 2013 ASHA Convention

 

Countries Served by Pyramid

06/10/2014

Pyramid Educational Consultants have provided services in more than 60 countries worldwide. Check out the full list of countries served here: http://www.pecsusa.com/Brochures/CountriesServedbyPyramid.pdf

Are you interested in having a Pyramid Consultant come to you to provide workshops and/or consultation to you, your staff or community? Contact us at 888-732-7462 or marketing@pecs.com for more information about our services.
 

 

Official Pyramid Blog

06/06/2014

Pyramid Educational Consultants is proud to announce the launch of the official Pyramid Blog. Each month Pyramid’s Clinical Research and Development Director, Joe McCleery, PhD, will be adding a new post to the blog. Go to https://blog.pecs.com/en/ to read the first blog post about the PECS Toddler Study!

Want to receive monthly updates about the Pyramid Blog? Join the Pyramid Blog email list here: http://www.pecs.com/lists/?p=subscribe&id=1

For more information about Dr. Joe McCleery and the Pyramid Blog, please go here: http://blog.pecs.com/about/

 

Featured Consultant - Anne Overcash

05/20/2014

We are thrilled to announce our featured Pyramid Consultant for the month of May, Anne Overcash, M.Ed.!

Anne has worked with Pyramid and PECS founders Andy Bondy and Lori Frost since 1992 and is Pyramid's longest tenured consultant.

She has presented PECS Trainings in all 50 states, as well as Singapore and Sao Paolo, Brazil! She has also visited Peru on numerous occasions to provide training and consultation at CASP (Ann Sullivan Center) with Dr. Liliana Mayo.

Anne spent a great deal of time and effort in helping with the establishment of the PECS UK office. In addition, she helped develop the Intensive Summer Camp Program in the U.S. Another major accomplishment, Anne wrote a chapter in the Pyramid Approach to Education and participated in the development of the Discrimination Training Alternatives DVD set.

"It has been the most rewarding experience that has exceeded my expectations for a career. Never could I have imagined that starting out as a Paraprofessional at the Delaware Autism Program I would end up working as a trainer and consultant for some truly amazing people. This has been a wonderful journey! I am excited to see the next chapters evolve." - Anne's thoughts regarding her experience with Pyramid.

Anne has traveled to seven of Canadian provinces and running is one of her favorite hobbies. She has participated in running events across the country!

Anne Overcash is a valued member of the Pyramid family! Congratulations to Anne for all of her accomplishments and continuous hard work!

 

40th Annual ABAI Convention

04/25/2014

PECS co-creators, Dr. Andy Bondy and Ms. Lori Frost, will be attending the 40th Annual ABAI Convention on May 23rd-27th, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois!

Dr. Bondy will be presenting a short talk with Dr. Mary Jane Weiss on Monday, May 26th at 2:00 PM on "Myths and Autism Intervention: Hey, Whose Ritual Is That? Part II."

Previously, Dr. Bondy and Dr. Weiss noted several rituals that we often observed within programs for children with ASD. They will review those rituals and any progress on them as well as point out several new concerns.

We hope you can join Dr. Bondy and Ms. Frost at this year's conference! http://www.abainternational.org/events/annual-2014.aspx

 

Autism Awareness Month

04/01/2014

In honor of Autism Awareness Month we would like to invite you to share a PECS Success Story with us! Please share a one to two paragraph PECS success story that has taken place in either the classroom or home and email to david@pecs.com. All entries will be entered to win a PECS Prize Pack as well as featured on our Website and Social Media Pages. Entries will be accepted from April 1st through April 30th, 2014. A winner will be selected Friday, May 2nd, 2014. 

We are excited to be exhibiting at this year's Annual AOTA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland! The AOTA Conference will be held from April 3rd through April 6th, 2014 in the Baltimore Convention Center. Our exhibit, #32, will be available April 3rd through April 5th. Please stop by and visit if you plan on attending!  For more information, please visit: https://www.aota.org/en/Conference-Events/Annual2014.aspx

On Saturday, April 12th, 2014 we will be participating and exhibiting at the Annual Walk for Autism, hosted by Autism Delaware, at Fox Point Park in Wilmington, DE.  We hope you will join us at this event to help raise funds and awareness toward a wonderful cause! For more information, please visit: http://www.delautism.org/GroupsEvents/WalkforAutism.aspx

During the month of April, our Featured Product Special is the Small Communication Book which will be on sale for $30.00!

For more information on our Autism Awareness Month events and specials please contact Dave Battista at 888-732-7462.

 

Pyramid in Local News

03/19/2014

Pyramid's own Dr. Anthony Castrogiovanni was recently featured in a segment on WUTR ABC News in Central New York! The segment, Better Communication Methods For Autistic Kids, featured Dr. Castrogiovanni during a recent Language of Emotions training in Herkimer, New York.

To read the story and watch the accompanying video please visit: http://www.cnyhomepage.com/story/d/story/better-communication-methods-for-autistic-kids/40744/uKv1Yi8nuUScsbdDfczcsw

For further details on The Language of Emotions visit: http://www.pecsusa.com/workshopcat.php?id=29
 

 

2014 AOTA Conference

03/05/2014

We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year's Annual AOTA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland! The AOTA Conference will be held from April 3rd-6th, 2014 in the Baltimore Convention Center.

Our exhibit, #32, will be available April 3rd-5th. Please stop by and visit if you plan on attending! http://www.aota.org/Conference

 

New App Video

02/10/2014

Want to learn more about our apps? Join Dr. Joe McCleery as he reviews and explains our apps in greater detail. Watch this short video on Pyramid's official YouTube channel, PECSGlobal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Tg872HmAoE
 

 

Reduced App Pricing!

02/07/2014

We've reduced the pricing for our apps, Working4™, iPraiseU™ and R+ Remind™! To purchase these apps go to the App Store or Google Play and search "Pyramid Educational Consultants." For more information about Pyramid apps visit www.pecsusa.com/apps.php.

 

New Clinical Director

01/22/2014

We are pleased to announce Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP, CAGS has officially been appointed Clinical Director of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc., USA! Catherine brings many years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist to the position and has a wealth of expertise in working with students with developmental disabilities. Please join us in congratulating her!

To read more about Catherine Horton, visit: http://www.pecsusa.com/staff.php#catherinehortonmscccslpcags

 

2014 Series of Specialized Talks

12/06/2013

We are excited to announce our 2014 Series of Specialized Talks! PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education developers, Dr. Andy Bondy and Ms. Lori Frost M.S., CCC/SLP will be presenting two beneficial workshops during the month of March, 2014. Dr. Bondy will present "The Language of Emotions" while Ms. Frost will present our NEW workshop, "Transitioning from PECS to SGDs (Speech Generating Devices)."

Dr. Bondy and Ms. Frost, innovative leaders in the field of autism, will be visiting Boston, Chicago, and Sacramento. We hope you can join us and take advantage of this distinctive opportunity! 

 

ASHA Convention

11/19/2013

Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc., participated in the 2013 ASHA Convention that took place in Chicago, Illinois. Thank you to those who had the opportunity to stop by our exhibit and were able to attend our Introductory Session regarding The Role of the SLP on the Behavior Team.


(Pictured from L-R) Jill M. Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP, Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP, Patricia A. Prelock, PhD, CCC-SLP (President of ASHA), Lori A. Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP, Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP.

 

Autism New Jersey Annual Conference Handouts

10/19/2013

 The Autism New Jersey Annual Conference Handouts can be downloaded here.

 

Announcing the Laminator Combo Pack!

09/20/2013

Order the Laminator Combo Pack and laminate your printed, individual Pics for PECS pictures without delay! Now available exclusively online just in time for the start of the school year, Pyramid is offering the Desktop Laminator Combo Pack making it more convenient and less time consuming for you to laminate your own Pics for PECS images. Combo pack includes a GBC® desktop/badge laminator and choice of a Standard Laminating Kit or Complete Laminating Kit.

 

Pyramid Attending the Autism New Jersey Conference

08/27/2013

Dr. Andy Bondy and Ms. Lori Frost, co-developers of PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and co-founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants, will be presenting three workshops at the 31st Annual Autism New Jersey Conference. The conference will take place on October 17th and 18th, at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Pyramid Educational Consultants will also be exhibiting during the conference.

The following Sessions below will be presented by both Dr. Bondy and Ms. Frost. For more information on the conference and how to register, please visit:

http://autismnj.org/annual_conference

http://autismnj.org/document.doc?id=417

Workshop #43: Behavioral and Visual Strategies to Use at Home and in the Community (Friday, October 18th, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm)

Workshop # 55: Evidence-Based Communication Approaches (Friday, October 18th, 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm)

Workshop # 68: The Language of ABA: What Does It Mean and How to Share It with Everyone (Friday, October 18th, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
 

 

Featuring our Back to School Bundle...

08/05/2013

We are featuring the Back to School Bundle during August and September only! This bundle contains essential PECS materials to begin implementing the PECS protocol with your learner or classroom!

The bundle includes a Small PECS Communication Book (SCB), a Communication Book Strap (STR), and a Pics for PECS 2013 Edition CD (PICSCD)! A great value when ordered as a bundle!

http://www.pecsproducts.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=152
 

 

New Interview with Dr. Andy Bondy and Lori Frost

06/13/2013

Join the developers of PECS© and the founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Andy Bondy, PhD, and Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP, as they discuss PECS©, the Pyramid Approach to Education©, products and the establishment and expansion of Pyramid Educational Consultants. Go to www.pecsusa.com/videos.php or our official YouTube channel, PECSGlobal, at www.youtube.com/user/PECSGlobal to view this new four part interview.

 

A Picture's Worth, 2nd Edition Review

06/12/2013

Dr. Andy Bondy and Lori Frost's book, A Picture's Worth, 2nd Edition, was recently reviewed in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy in an article written by Sandra Hodgetts. The author comments that A Picture's Worth, 2nd Edition "is an excellent resource to introduce occupational therapists, other professionals and parents to visual communication strategies, including PECS."

To view the full article go to http://cjo.sagepub.com/content/80/2/110 or to order A Picture's Worth, 2nd Edition go to http://www.pecsproducts.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=33&osCsid=48e35a18bb9533492baf369433db3789.

 

Dr. Andy Bondy to Present Special Talk on Ethics in August

06/11/2013

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see Dr. Andy Bondy present this summer in New England! Dr. Andy Bondy, co-developer of PECS© and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, will present a special talk, Multicultural Aspects of Ethical Practice, as part of a one day conference titled Ethics in Professional Practice.

The Ethics in Professional Practice conference will take place on Friday, August 16th at Endicott College located in Beverly, Massachusetts. This special one day conference is hosted by the Institute for Behavioral Studies at Endicott College and The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and will feature leaders in the field of Psychology, Business, Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

For more information about this special event visit www.behavior.org/event.php?id=6134. For more information about the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies visit www.behavior.org.
 

 

New Video Series on PECS

06/04/2013

A four part video series on PECS® is now available to view on our website at http://www.pecsusa.com/videos.php. The video series was created by the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders known as POPARD (www.autismoutreach.ca) in conjunction with Pyramid Educational Consultants. Videos include an interview with the co-developer of PECS and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Dr. Andy Bondy, tips for getting ready for PECS, tips for PECS success and an overview on the six phases of PECS.

 

Wait4it App Now Available!

05/13/2013

We are pleased to announce the release of our newest app, Wait4it!  The app is now available for download on our app page!

App Description:
From time to time, we all have to wait for something we want! Many learners who encounter situations during which they must wait have difficulty with this concept. Wait4it is a great visual tool once Phase I and II of PECS have been mastered. The app is designed for use in any setting to help teach the concept of "wait" and encourage learners to wait successfully! Wait4it includes a bright, oval "wait" card, digital sand timer and space for you to input a visual representation of the item the learner is waiting for. This method provides the learner with a visual reminder to wait which will help him/her better tolerate the delay.
 

 

PECS

04/15/2013

During the month of April we will be conducting a PECS "Picture" contest. This contest will require you to email us a picture of your learner using PECS! At the conclusion of the month a winner will be chosen and will receive this month's Featured Product Special!

In addition, the winning picture may appear on our website! April's Featured Product Special is the Small PECS Communication Book. The communication book is on sale for $30.00 during April! (Regularly $33.00) Email contest pictures to marketing@pecs.com.

http://www.pecsproducts.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=114

 

Reduced App Pricing for Autism Awareness Month!

04/02/2013

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Pyramid is offering all of our apps (PECS Phase III, Working4, iPraiseU and R+ Remind) at special price starting on April 2nd! If you have yet to purchase these very practical apps, now is the time! Don't miss out on the opportunity to get one or several of our apps at special price! To purchase our apps at special price, go to the iTunes App Store or Google Play and search "Pyramid Educational Consultants." For more information about Pyramid apps, go to www.pecsusa.com/apps.php.

Special Autism Awareness Month Pricing is a follows:
PECS Phase III*: Now available at $5.99 USD (regularly priced at $9.99 USD)
Working4: Now available at $1.99 USD (regularly priced at $2.99 USD)
R+ Remind: Now available at $0.99 USD (regularly priced at $1.99 USD)
iPraiseU: Now available at $0.99 USD (regularly priced at $1.99 USD)

*PECS Phase III only available through the iTunes App Store for iPad.
Special pricing ends on April 30th, 2013.
 

 

Pyramid Donation Thank You Letter

03/21/2013

Pyramid Educational Consultants recently donated Pyramid products to The Center for Autism Treatment, for use at the Nehemiah Autism Center in Ethiopia. We received wonderful feedback from the organization who responded with a heart warming thank you letter.

 

PECS: A Short Tutorial for Healthcare Professionals

03/19/2013

A new publication about PECS intended for healthcare professionals has been published in the Polish journal, Postepy Nauk Medycznych (English translation: Progress of Medical Sciences). In the article titled Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS): "Przewodnik" dla lekarzy (English translation: Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS): A Short "tutorial" for the doctors), the effectiveness and characteristics of PECS along with some common misconceptions about PECS are explored. Click here to view the complete article in English. To view the article in its original Polish or for more information about Postepy Nauk Medycznych go to http://www.czytelniamedyczna.pl/show.php?ktory=4313.

Suchowierska, M., Rupinska, M, and Bondy, A. (2013). Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Postepy Nauk Medycznych, t. XXVI, nr 1, 85-90.

 

Upcoming Conferences!

03/14/2013

PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education's co-founder Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP will be presenting at two upcoming conferences in Pennsylvania.

Convention/Conference Details:

2013 PSHA (Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association, April 3rd - 6th, 2013)
Hilton Harrisburg
Harrisburg, PA
http://www.psha.org/professional-development/convention.htm
http://www.psha.org/professional-development/convention-20123/convention-program-2013.pdf


Strategies for Transitioning From PECS to SGD

April 6th, 2013
Co-presenting with Joy McGowan, MS, CCC-SLP from Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Description: The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) systematically teaches picture-based functional communication via an evidence-based protocol. The PECS protocol combined with the careful selection of device feature options provides a framework for teaching functional use of a speech-generating device to ensure spontaneous, interactive, generative communication skills.

Learner Outcomes: Describe the unique communication challenges of individuals with ASD. Describe the criteria for transition from PECS to an SGD. Describe how to apply the PECS Protocol to training proficient use of an SGD.


ASD Conference 2013 (May 3, 2013)
7th Annual Autism Conference: Building Bridges Across Generations: Evolving Insights on Autism
La Salle University
Philadelphia, PA
http://gtparternships.org/GTP_NewsEvents.html

May 3, 2013
2:15 PM to 3:30 PM
Transitioning from PECS to a Speech Generating Device
Co-presenting with Joy McGowan, MS, CCC-SLP from Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Description: The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) systematically teaches picture-based functional communication via an evidence-based protocol. The PECS protocol combined with the careful selection of device feature options provides a framework for teaching functional use of a speech-generating device to ensure spontaneous, interactive, generative communication skills.

Learner Outcomes: Describe the unique communication challenges of individuals with ASD. Describe the criteria for transition from PECS to an SGD. Describe how to apply the PECS Protocol to training proficient use of an SGD.
 

 

Memorable PECS Experiences...

03/07/2013

The Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS™) has changed the lives of many, not just the learner but also the lives of their families. Even after 15+ years of implementing PECS with a variety of people of all ages who have various disabilities, I still get chills down my spine when I see a learner walk across a room to deliver a message and watch a smile appear across her face when she receives the requested item. I have many memorable experiences observing the power of PECS. Two in particular come to mind.

The first was observing a 3yr old with Autism, approaching his twin sister, exchanging a Sentence Strip™ that said, "I want popsicle" as she was eating it. She responded by giving him a lick then took the popsicle back and she had a lick; he requested again, she shared with him. This interaction continued until the popsicle was gone. Watching a mom looking at her children sharing this moment with tears in her eyes, as she thought this interaction was not possible, was priceless.

The other unforgettable moment was watching a young woman with severe developmental delays, at a restaurant, walk up to the counter and independently exchange a five picture sentence "I want soft beef taco to go". Not only did she have a great big smile on her face, the merchant also had a smile on his face, saying "thank you" to her. This is an interaction that would have never occurred if she did not learn the power of her pictures. PECS is a very powerful tool in providing meaningful interactions between two people in addition to increasing a person's independence.

by: Donna Banzhof, M.Ed., BCBA
Pyramid Educational Consultants
 

 

Pyramid is now on YouTube!

03/04/2013

Pyramid Educational Consultants are excited to announce the launch of our official YouTube channel, PECSGlobal! At present time, the PECSGlobal channel includes demo videos for our apps, PECS Phase III and Working4. In the coming months, we will be adding additional videos to the channel including product videos, interviews with the co-developers of PECS and the co-founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Andy Bondy and Lori Frost, and many more.

Stay tuned to PECSGlobal to view the latest videos as they are released! To subscribe to the PECSGlobal channel and/or to view the current videos on our channel, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/pecsglobal.
 

 

PECS Media Contest Winner!

02/28/2013

The winners of our 20 Years of Pyramid Products and Services Media Contest have been announced! Congratulations to our winners, Kathleen Burns, Armenuhi Avagyar, Jaime Beaver, and Ruth Mozeika! To see the winning videos and photos, visit www.pecsmediacontest.com.

Thanks to all contest entrants for making this contest a great success!
 

 

Pyramid is now on Twitter!

01/23/2013

Please join Pyramid Educational Consultants on Twitter by following @PECS_USA for great news and updates!

 

PECS Phase III App Demo Video

12/21/2012

Are you interested in seeing the new PECS Phase III app in use? The wait is over! Click here to view a free tutorial of the app in action today!

 

New Article Written by Andy Bondy, Co-Developer of PECS

11/18/2012

We at Pyramid are excited to announce a new publication written by our very own Dr. Andy Bondy (co-developer of PECS and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants) in the prestigious journal, The Psychological Record.  In his new article, The Unusual Suspects: Myths and Misconceptions Associated with PECS, Dr. Bondy, the recipient of the 2012 Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis International Dissemination Award, reviews the history of the development of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).  He notes the relationship between PECS and the field of applied behavior analysis.  In addition, he also reviews many of the myths and misconceptions associated with PECS and responds to each with theoretically sound and empirically validated points.  Click here to view the complete article.

The full citation for this new article is listed below:

Bondy, A. (2012).  The Unusual Suspects: Myths and Misconceptions Associated with PECS.  The Psychological Record, 62, 789-816. 

 

2013 Training Dates Released!

11/07/2012

We at Pyramid are excited to announce the release of our 2013 training dates! Don't miss out on the opportunity to attend a PECS or Pyramid Approach to Education training in your area! Click below to view our 2013 workshop schedule and to register for an upcoming training!

http://www.pecsusa.com/attendworkshop.php

 

Nonmedical Interventions for Children With ASD

11/06/2012

This following study mentioning, The Picture Exchange Communication System, as a successful communication tool for children with ASD is available by clicking below:

Nonmedical Interventions for Children With ASD: Recommended Guidelines and Further Research Needs. 

 

ASHA Convention 2012

10/18/2012

ASHA Convention 2012

We are looking forward to the 2012 ASHA (American Speech Language Hearing Association) Convention on November, 15th - 17th, 2012! Representatives from Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. including co-founder Lori Frost, MS, CCC/SLP will be presenting this year. Additional information is below regarding the presentation time and conference details. We are very excited to participate this year! If you are attending the conference please stop by and visit us at booth #1302!

Presentation:
Thursday, November 15th, 2012
3:00PM-4:00PM (Sem-1hr)
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Session #1070 Be a PECS-pert: Know the Facts
Presented by: Lori Frost; Jo-Anne Matteo; Jill Waegenaere; Catherine Horton
 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dave Battista at dbattista@pecs.com or visit:

http://www.asha.org/events/convention/


 

 

Enter the PECS Media Contest Today!

10/17/2012

Did you miss the deadline to enter the PECS Media Contest? YOU STILL HAVE TIME!!! Due to popular demand, we are now accepting entries until DECEMBER 31, 2012. Visit: www.pecsmediacontest.com and submit your PECS videos and photos for a chance to win Pyramid products. This is an excellent opportunity for parents, teachers, and caregivers to gain access to the most essential Pyramid products available! Winners will be announced no later than January 31, 2013.

 

PECS Training Testimonial

09/26/2012

The following message is from an attendee of the Orlando, FL PECS Basic Training that was held this past June.

"The PECS Basic Training still is one of the best trainings I have had the pleasure of attending. It is just now that I am able to actively use what I learned. A fellow attendee and I are also colleagues and we have been assisting each other with phase 1 and 2. The children are just amazing!!! Nonverbal/low verbal students from as young as 2 years of age are quickly working through the early PECS phases and experiencing communication power they were unable to demonstrate prior. Truly amazing and a blessing.

Thank you (and PECS) for a reminder of how important and usually easy it is to communicate when given the proper 'tools.' In this era of high tech devices, it is good to know that 'paper' systems are not only cost effective and simplistic but often the very perfect choice for our young communicators."
 

 

Are you a parent/caregiver of a child or adult who uses or has used PECS?

09/05/2012

Are you a parent/caregiver of a child or adult who uses or has used PECS?

A group from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) is conducting a study about parents' use of PECS with their child during daily routines. The goal of the survey is to find out about the usefulness of PECS in improving children's communication skills, as well as understand when and how parents use PECS with their children. It is important to gain a greater understanding about PECS use so that recommendations can be made that may improve the usability of PECS.

Monash University would very much appreciate you taking the time to complete their survey and to forward this message to other people you may know who can complete the survey. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire that will take approximately 20-30 minutes and can be done in your own time. Your involvement is voluntary and your responses are completely anonymous. If you would like to participate in this important study, you can go directly to the survey by clicking the following link:

http://monasheducation.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bmGXePLQ8zH6Xkg

A copy of group findings will be made available to participants upon request. If you wish to obtain further information about this research, please contact Anneke Jurgens via email at anneke.jurgens@monash.edu or phone at +61 403 590 721.

 

PECS Phase III App- Now Available for Apple iPad!

08/29/2012

Need help teaching picture discrimination in Phase III of PECS? Download the PECS Phase III App for your iPad® today!

The PECS Phase III App is an invaluable tool for teaching picture discrimination! The app, designed to look just like a PECS™ communication book permits a teacher to practice picture discrimination with one or several learners within a single session. Touching the correct icon results in immediate visual and auditory feedback from the device in a manner far quicker than a teacher is able to react. If the learner touches an incorrect icon, there is no significant feedback. A correct picture selection results in access to a desire item or activity!

This fantastic app comes loaded with 100 Pics for PECS™ images, male and female voices that include on/off options, and a customizable library that may be loaded with an individual’s own pictures from their computer or iPad®.

To purchase the PECS Phase III App for the low price of $9.99, visit the Apple iTunes® App Store and search for “PECS Phase III.” If you are interested in finding out more about other apps created by Pyramid Educational Consultants, click here!

Are you a professional looking to purchase Pyramid's apps for your facility in bulk? Take advantage of Apple's App Store Volume Purchase Program! The App Store Volume Purchase Program allows educational institutions to purchase iOS apps in volume and distribute the apps to their users. For more information visit:  http://www.apple.com/itunes/education

 

 

 

 

 

PECS Media Contest! There is Still Time to Participate!

07/26/2012

Did you miss the deadline to enter the PECS Media Contest? You Still Have Time!! We are now accepting entries until September 28, 2012. Visit  www.pecsmediacontest.com and submit your PECS videos and photos for a chance to win Pyramid products. This is an excellent opportunity for parents, teachers, and caregivers to gain access to our most essential and helpful Pyramid products. The school year is just around the corner and this is your chance to prepare your PECS learners for the rest of the year! Winners will be announced by October 31, 2012.

 

 

New Logo Release

07/11/2012

We are proud to announce the release of our new logos created by our very own Creative Director, Brad Almond! To celebrate 20 years of Pyramid, our new logos (one of which can be seen below) were designed to highlight our unique products and services and incorporate our iconic Pics for PECS™ images and Sentence Strip™. Keep an eye for our new logos!

 

 

 

2012 SABA Award

05/04/2012

We are very excited to announce our very own Andy Bondy, PhD, co-creator of the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS™) and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, will receive the 2012 Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis. Bondy will be presented with the honor for his continued dedication to expanding the growth of behavior analysis internationally. The award ceremony will be held during the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Convention in Seattle, Washington on May 26th, 2012.
 

Bondy has dedicated the last four decades to behavior analysis and its link to functional communication. The field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is based on the study of behavior under observable conditions. Bondy developed The Pyramid Approach to Education™ as a way of organizing the complex factors that are necessary to create effective educational environments. Bondy and Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP created the evidence-based and the world renowned Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS™).


“This honor reflects the hard work and dedication of many consultants and office staff from around the world. Each person within Pyramid has contributed to the functional emphasis of PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education,” says Bondy.
 

For over fourteen years, Bondy served as the director of a statewide public school system for students with autism. He has frequently been invited to speak on a wide range of topics at regional, national, and international conferences, and has published numerous papers and books.


The SABA Awards promotes the achievements of distinguished leaders who have developed programs or accomplishments in the field of behavior analysis. Since 1980, the Society has been providing funds to the field of behavior analysis through its awards, grants, and fellowship programs.

For additional information, please click below:

http://www.abainternational.org/Events/conv2012/index.asp

 

Walk for Autism

05/01/2012

We had the opportunity to participate in Autism Delaware's, "2012 Walk for Autism" on Saturday, April 21st, 2012, at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, DE. This year, the turnout was fantastic, with numerous exhibitors and attendees partaking in this yearly worthwhile event.


The Walk is Autism Delaware’s largest community fundraiser, drawing over 2,000 people over two days of events in support of people and families affected by autism!

For more information, please visit:

http://www.delautism.org/

 

Andy Bondy is now on Twitter!

04/02/2012

We are delighted to announce Andy Bondy is now on Twitter! You can follow his tweets at  http://twitter.com/#!/asbondy
Andy will focus on relevant news, exciting research developments and new products and services. Follow Andy Today!
 

 

PECS in Action on the Islands of Fiji!

03/05/2012

Click on the link below for exciting news regarding PECS on the Islands of Fiji!

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=193538
 

 

A Fantastic PECS Moment

02/20/2012

The following is a great moment from a recent PECS Basic Training:

"Thank you so much for this workshop, its brilliant- just great. I've seen people using PECS or saying they're using PECS and it just didn't make sense to me. This Pyramid brings it all together- it makes so much sense now. It's not just about the pictures; it's the whole educational philosophy!!"

 

 

PECS in the Community

02/15/2012

Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC-SLP, Senior PECS Consultant, Supervisor and Trainer volunteered her time to present at the PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) parent meeting held at the Karen M. Siegel Academy in Lake Alfred, Florida. The Karen M. Siegel Academy is a public school in Polk County, FL that serves 162 students from ages 3-22 years old with a variety of special needs from autism to significantly physically challenged.

Currently, 70 students at Karen M. Siegel Academy are using PECS successfully. This program requires much attention to detail and a commitment of time and effort from the staff. There have been wonderful surprises as the students are observed initiating communication for the first time in their lives!

Pictured: Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC-SLP, Pyramid Educational Consultant; Kenny Hodges, Assistant Principal; Donna Swindle, Principal
 

 

Pyramid App Review!

02/09/2012

Check out the following review of our Pyramid Apps:
http://www.autismepicenter.com/autism-blog/blog5.php
 

 

9th Annual Symposium for Speech Language Specialists

01/31/2012

We are thrilled to confirm that our very own Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP will be presenting: HELP! I can’t WAIT to ASK for a BREAK! (Session D) at the 9th Annual Symposium for Speech Language Specialists. This symposium will take place on Friday, March 16th, 2012, from 8 am to 3 pm at Rowan University, Education Hall, Mullica Hill, New Jersey. For more information contact Janet Sfaelos at sfaelos@rowan.edu

 

West Coast Conference on Autism

01/24/2012

We are excited to announce our very own Andy Bondy, Ph.D. is a Keynote Speaker at the:
West Coast Conference on Autism
A one-day conference featuring leading experts in fields of Science, Special Education, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, Buellton, CA
Friday, April 20, 2012
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

He will be presenting, “How to Get Children with ASD to Communicate: What Works” from 10:30 am - noon
This Conference is Presented by: The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and Autism Society of Santa Barbara

For more information, please visit: http://www.behavior.org/resource.php?id=419

 

2012 Conferences, Featuring the Creators of PECS & The Pyramid Approach to Education

01/03/2012

We are pleased to announce our very own Andy Bondy, Ph.D. will be featured in two upcoming 2012 conferences. Additional information regarding both conferences is indicated below. Please stay tuned for additional appearances by both Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP, the Co-founders of PECS.

Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Sixth Annual Autism Conference
Philadelphia, PA
Friday, January 27, 2012
Presenter: Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
Evidence-Based Communication Approaches for Children With Autism
2:00 pm-5:00 pm          
http://www.abainternational.org/events/autconf2012/index.asp

West Coast Conference on Autism
Buellton, CA
Friday, April 20, 2012
Presenter: Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
How to Get Children with ASD to Communicate: What Works
2:00 pm-5:00 pm          http://www.behavior.org/resource.php?id=419

 


 

 

10 of the World's Most Respected Autism Speakers by Autism Today

11/22/2011

Autism Today compiled 10 of the World's Most Respected Autism Speakers within a CD. The compilation features our very own, Andy Bondy, discussing the PECS Protocol that he co-developed for those who find it difficult to use speech as a primary mode of communication.

The CD includes 14 complete presentations with actual lectures, diagrams, charts and illustrations that simplify complex strategies and make them understandable.

Visit  www.autismtoday.com/aeo.php for more information and to order a CD!
 

 

ASHA Convention 2011

10/25/2011

We are looking forward to the 2011 ASHA (American Speech Language Hearing Association) Convention on November, 17th - 19th, 2011! Representatives from Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. including co-founder Lori Frost, MS, CCC/SLP will be presenting this year. Additional information is below regarding presentation times and conference details. We are very excited to participate this year! If you are attending the conference please stop by and visit us at booth #509!


Presentations:
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
10:30AM-12:30PM (Sem-2hrs)
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
#0916 Implementing the PECS Protocol to Teach Functional SGD Use
Presented by: Lori Frost; Joy S. McGowan

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
6:30PM-7:30PM (Sem-1hr)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
#0303 Creative Lessons for Teaching Conceptual Vocabulary for Students With ASD
Presented by: Lori Frost; Catherine Horton; Jo-Anne Matteo; Jill M. Waegenaere

Conference exhibit days and hours:
Thursday, November 17th - 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, November 18th - 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 19th - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Nina Truehart at ntruehart@pecs.com or visit: http://www.asha.org/events/convention/


 

 

Acclaim for A Picture's Worth, Second Edition

10/12/2011

We are delighted to share the following book reviews regarding the new edition of A Picture's Worth.

A Picture’s Worth offers a shining light for parents and teachers looking for a way to break through barriers and enrich relationships with their children." -ForeWord Reviews, September 2011

Please take a look at the complete review from ForeWord Reviews available at: http://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/a-pictures-worth

Additional reviews from Woodbine House are also available:
http://woodbinehouse.com/book_reviews.asp_Q_product_id_E_978-1-60613-015-5

To purchase your own copy of A Picture's Worth, Second Edition click below:
http://www.pecsproducts.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=33

 

 

 

2012 Training Dates Released!

10/04/2011

We are excited to announce our 2012 training dates have officially been released! Click below for workshops in your area and for more information.

http://www.pecsusa.com/attendworkshop.php

 

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

09/21/2011

We are eager to participate in the "Walk Now for Autism Speaks" event taking place in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, September 24th, 2011. The event will be held at Citizens Bank Park with numerous activities taking place, including a Community Resource Fair, children's entertainment, and much more! Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. will be taking part in the Community Resource Fair portion of the event. For more information and to participate visit:
http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=470163
 

 

News from Nepal!

09/16/2011

We are excited to post a wonderful letter from our friends at Autism Care Nepal. Click on the link below to read more...

www.pecsusa.com/nepalthanks.pdf

 

 

 

Introduce PECS to Your Child or Classroom, Learn How...

08/29/2011

Start the school year off with the valuable knowledge of implementing PECS in your classroom. Check our schedule below to see if a PECS Basic or PECS Advanced training may be coming to a location near you.
 

To view our training schedule visit: www.pecsusa.com/attendworkshop.php


You will not want to miss the opportunity to bring the gift of fundamental communication skills to your students. ASHA and/or BACB CEUs are also available!


The following below is a sampling of our upcoming training dates:


PECS Basic Training
September 19th & 20th, 2011
Ft. Worth, Texas

PECS Basic Training
September 22nd & 23rd, 2011
Denver, Colorado

PECS Advanced Training
October 6th & 7th, 2011
Bangor, Maine
(Please e-mail ntruehart@pecs.com for a special offer for this workshop)

Call 888-732-7462 for more information!
 

 

See Andy and Lori Present in Anchorage, Alaska this September!

07/18/2011

Andy Bondy, Ph.D., and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP will be presenting two PECS workshops in Anchorage, Alaska, September, 2011! This will be their first time presenting in Alaska!

Dr. Andy Bondy and Ms. Lori Frost the founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants, are world renowned presenters and have presented to thousands of parents and professionals throughout the world. You will not want to miss this rare and one of a kind experience in beautiful Alaska. For additional information on each workshop, please click on training and Andy & Lori Workshops.

Anchorage, Alaska (PECS Advanced Training) 09/26/2011 - 09/27/2011

Anchorage, Alaska (PECS Basic Training) 09/28/2011 - 09/29/2011

 

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) What Do the Data Say? A SAGE 2010 Most Downloaded Article

07/07/2011

Pyramid Educational Consultants is pleased to announce the 2009 article, "The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) What Do the Data Say?" was the most downloaded article in 2009 and 2010 from Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities- one of SAGE’s Journals Online!


This article's abstract is available on the Research Page and it is number 85 in the full list of PECS Related Publications.


The full article can be downloaded for free at:
http://foa.sagepub.com/content/24/2/89.full.pdf+html?ijkey=xu7tUQ419/Yqg&keytype=ref&siteid=spfoa&utm_source=eNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1J22

Also, PECS Related Publications has reached 101! New publications and articles have been added. Visit the research page to read more!

 

Pyramid Has Released it's Newest Webcast- Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals

06/02/2011

Pyramid Educational Consultants is pleased to announce the launch of our newest webcast, The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals, presented by Dr. Andy Bondy!


The Pyramid Approach to Education™ is a comprehensive framework for establishing effective learning environments. Through the use of applied behavior analysis, this approach provides the foundation for a positive environment for growth. The Pyramid emphasizes how to teach, rather than simply what to teach, in order to maximize an individual's learning outcomes.


Go to
http://www.pecs.com/webcasts/approach.php to download The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals Webcast for FREE!

The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals webcast will review how to establish effective teaching environments for learners with autism and related disabilities. Dr. Andy Bondy begins by briefly discussing the base of the Pyramid including functional activities, reinforcement systems, communication/social skills, and contextually inappropriate behaviors and alternatives. A description of the top elements of the Pyramid, including generalization, creating effective lessons, specific teaching strategies, minimizing and correcting errors, and data collection and analysis, follows.

What You Will Begin To Learn:
• How to successfully implement the Pyramid Approach to Education™
• The importance of teaching functional communication skills
• How to create opportunities for teaching

This webcast is appropriate for all members of the educational team who would like to learn about the Pyramid Approach to Education™, including speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, behavior analysts, psychologists, social workers and other professionals who are providing services for or living with individuals with developmental disabilities.


Interested in more information about the Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals webcast? Contact Alexis Bondy, Marketing Manager, at alexisb@pecs.com.

Interested in learning more about the Pyramid Approach to Education™? Attend or host our two-day workshop, The Pyramid Approach Basic Training! Visit www.pecs.com for additional information about this training and a complete workshop schedule.

 

Attend One of Our Newest One Day Trainings This Fall

05/12/2011

We now have four new one day presentations available to attend this fall and winter. Please read below for more information on the classes!

The Language of Emotions

Anaheim, California

September 19, 2011

B.F. Skinner provided an important guide to the analysis of language in his book, Verbal Behavior. In this book, he stresses the critical value of focusing on the function of various aspects of communication. His analysis includes a very interesting section on what he termed ‘private events’. That is, how do we learn to talk about things that happen inside of us? In this workshop, we will review traditional approaches to teaching children with autism to communicate about their emotions as well as respond to such language from other people. Participants will be asked to consider how they currently teach various lessons related to emotions and then to plan to incorporate Skinner’s analysis into the design of effective lessons. These lessons may involve very young children or teenagers and adults who continue to have difficulty with this topic. We also will look at a very important part of language that helps communicative partners better understand the perspective of someone who is attempting to communicate. We will review why this area is so difficult for those with autism and suggest teaching strategies that may lead to successful acquisition of these complex language skill.

 

Teaching Critical Communication Skills

Boston, Massachusetts

October 19, 2011

This training discusses how to teach critical communication skills that lead to greater independence in the home, work, school and community settings for all students regardless of communicative modality. Parents, care givers, and professionals alike will benefit from this training!

There are many skills that are typically taught in communication intervention programs. Individuals with complex communication needs, however, must master certain critical communication skills if they are to function independently in the home, community, school and/or vocational setting. One set of critical skills deals with expressive communication – skills individuals need to convey important messages to others. Specific skills include: requesting reinforcers; requesting help; requesting break; acceptance and rejection skills. These skills are crucial because if a person cannot calmly and effectively communicate wants and needs, s/he may demonstrate a range of contextually inappropriate behaviors. To reduce such behaviors, we need to teach five critical expressive communication skills. A second set of critical skills relates to receptive communication – a person’s ability to understand important messages from others. Specific skills include: waiting; following direction; schedule following and transitions. Failure to understand such messages may be distressing and/or dangerous for the individual. In order to reduce contextually inappropriate behaviors that occur as the result of such distress, and to ensure that the individual is safe, we need to teach four critical receptive communication skills. This one-day workshop focuses on why these nine skills are the highest priority for teaching and how we teach them. The strategies covered are relevant for anyone with complex communication needs, regardless of their communication modality (e.g. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), signing, speech).
 

Analyzing and Fine Tuning Communication

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

October 26, 2011

This training will introduce attendees to B.F. Skinner's analysis of language (Verbal Behavior) and its acquisition, independent of modality.  This presentation will highlight key functional language units as well as describe complex cases seen in many language lessons.  Issues related to emotions and other hard-to-learn language concepts for children with autism will also be addressed.

Participants will learn about B.F. Skinner's book Verbal Behavior (VB) and how it can help improve their communication training programs for individuals with various learning and developmental disabilities.  Participants will learn how to identify and teach VB in classrooms, home programs and the community.  Skinner was explicit that this type of analysis is helpful regardless of the modality of communication selected- speech, sign, pictures (including the Picture Exchange Communication System- PECS), reading/writing, or other augmentative systems.  The workshop describes his core language functions, each defined in terms of its functional relevance.  In addition, this workshop uniquely addresses how to identify complex verbal operants, demonstrating how seemingly subtle changes in our teaching strategy may result in significant differences regarding what students learn.  Participants will learn how an understanding of how to identify these complex verbal functions can lead to improvements in teaching strategies no matter which modality is selected.  The protocol for PECS (Frost and Bondy, 2002) is used as an example of a training sequence that can be analyzed using VB.  The workshop reviews issues related to the difficulty of teaching communicating about emotions and feelings, and describes some of the central issues related to autism. 

 

Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviors

San Diego, California

December 4, 2011

The Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviors training involves an introduction to broad-spectrum behavior analysis in the form of the Pyramid Approach to Education. Discussion focuses on the importance of addressing students’ skill deficits prior to or simultaneously with addressing behavior excess or other unwanted behavior. Other key elements of the training include the description and the design of effective educational settings that emphasize the use of systematic reinforcement. The link between functional activities, communication training and the reduction of unwanted behavior is explored. In addition, issues related to teaching skills are addressed. This workshop teaches participants to determine and define unwanted behavior targeted for intervention.  Participants are assisted with understanding the functional assessment of behavior, and the selection and teaching of alternative responses to replace unwanted behavior.  Participants are exposed to antecedent strategies designed to reduce unwanted behavior as well as differential reinforcement procedures and consequence based strategies.  Finally, issues related to the evaluation and monitoring of behavior plans are discussed.
 

For more information on the trainings, please feel free to contact our office at 888-732-7462.

 

 

The Newest Webcast, A Clear Picture: The Use & Benefits of PECS is being launched today!

04/01/2011

Pyramid Educational Consultants is pleased to announce the launch of our newest webcast, A Clear Picture: The Use & Benefits of PECS! This webcast was developed by the co-founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants and the co-creators of the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS), Andy Bondy, PhD and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP, the webcast is presented by Lori Frost!


Join Lori as she introduces the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS) an evidence based strategy, and provides a synopsis of the six distinct training phases, a discussion of myths and facts associated with PECS and an overview of the research related to PECS in A Clear Picture: The Use and Benefits of PECS.


Go to
http://www.pecs.com/webcasts/overview.php to download the  A Clear Picture: The Use and Benefits of PECS webcast for FREE!

This webcast is appropriate for all members of the educational team who would like to learn about the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS), including speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, behavior analysts, psychologists, social workers and other professionals who are providing services for or living with individuals with developmental disabilities.


What You Will Begin To Learn:
• The Picture Exchange Communication System™ is a unique augmentative/alternative communication system
• PECS consists of six distinct training phases
• PECS is an evidence-based strategy
• Common misperceptions about PECS

Interested in more information about the A Clear Picture: The Use & Benefits of PECS webcast? Contact Alexis Bondy, Marketing Manager, at alexisb@pecs.com.

Interested in learning more about the Picture Exchange Communication System? Attend or host our two-day training The PECS Basic Training! Visit www.pecs.com for additional information about this training and a complete workshop schedule.

 

Pyramid will be at the Walk for Autism sponsored by Autism Delaware!

04/01/2011

Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. will be a part of the Walk-Race for Autism sponsored by Autism Delaware!!!

The walk in New Castle County will be at the Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, DE. The walk begins at 11:00 am. The Race for Autism in Sussex County will be held on April 10, 2011.

Please come visit our booth at the walk on April 9th!!!

For more information, please visit: www.delautism.org

 

The fourth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2011

04/01/2011

The fourth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2011!

Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. How will you celebrate?

To find out more about World Autism Awareness Day, please follow this link:
http://www.worldautismawarenessday.org/site/c.egLMI2ODKpF/b.3917077/k.186A/About_World_Autism_Awareness_Day.htm

 

Pyramid has added more of Skinner's quotes to the Discussion Board!

04/01/2011

The Skinner Discussion Panel has been updated!

Please visit our Fan Page of Facebook , and click on Discussion to read Skinner's quotes and comments from the Skinner Foundation founder, Ernie Vargas. Have your own comments or questions? Post them today!"

 

Make a Deal using Working4â„¢ - Pyramid's newest app!

03/17/2011

Everyone enjoys being rewarded and, for many students with special needs, visual reinforcement systems are conducive to successful lessons. For those using PECS, speech,  or other means of communication, the addition of visual supports can lead to significant improvements in many aspects of their lives.

Pyramid Educational Consultants is thrilled to announce the launch of Working4™! This app lets students know what they are working for, how much they need to do, and how close they are to earning a reward for their work. This app can be used for lessons in school, chores at home, getting children to eat their veggies, and much more!

Start the app by selecting the number of tokens (1-5) your student must earn. Then set up your student's reinforcer choice board by selecting 1-6 items from our pre-loaded symbol library or your own photo library. Show the choice board to your student to select what to work for and then begin your lesson. Each time a student earns a token, slide a token to the empty dot. Once the student has earned all of his tokens, he can press the "cash in" button, which will highlight the reinforcing item indicating he may now have access to his reward! After the student has cashed in, the token board will reset to start the next deal or you can create a new choice board to allow your student to select a new reinforcer.

Now parents and professionals have the ease of accessing their reinforcement boards through their iPhones, iPads or iPod Touches, and no longer have to worry if they have enough tokens or have remember their student’s reinforcement boards.

Working4™ is now available and can be purchased through Apple® iTunes App Stores worldwide for download on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch! For more information about Working4™, please visit the Apple iTunes App Store and search for “Working4” or contact us at apps@pecs.com.


Are you a professional looking to purchase Pyramid’s apps for your facility in bulk? Take advantage of Apple’s App Store Volume Purchase Program! The App Store Volume Purchase Program allows educational institutions to purchase iOS apps in volume and distribute the apps to their users. Go to http://www.apple.com/itunes/education/ for more information on this special program.

 

Andy Bondy, Ph.D. is Speaking at the Applied Behavior Analysis: Evidence-Based Solutions for Helping People Conference at California State University

03/10/2011

Dr. Andrew S Bondy will be a speaker at the Applied Behavior Analysis: Evidence-Based Solutions for Helping People Conference at California State University on April 18, 2011. This conference is being sponsored by The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. 

For more information on this conference please click the image below:

 

Attend One of Our Newest One Day Trainings This Fall

02/17/2011

Andy bondy, Ph.D., will be presenting two of our newest talks this Spring!! Analyzing & Fine Tuning Communication will be presented on April 6, 2011 in Chicago, IL and The Language of Emotions will be presented on April 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA. Please read below for more information!

Analyzing & Fine Tuning Communication
Villa Park, Illinois
April 6, 2011
Cost: $275 Professional/ $175 Parent
Workshop Hours: 8:00am- 4:00pm
*This workshop offers 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Basic Communication Processes Area) and 4.5 BACB CEUs at no additional cost!

This intensive one-day training is designed teach participants how to define B.F. Skinner's basic verbal operants, how to define complex verbal operants and how to use Verbal Behavior to analyze language training protocols, including the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
This workshop will highlight key functional language units as well as describe complex cases seen in many language lessons. Issues related to emotions and other hard-to-learn language concepts for children with autism will also be addressed.
Participants will learn about B.F. Skinner's book Verbal Behavior (VB) and how it can help improve their communication training programs for individuals with various learning and developmental disabilities. Participants will learn how to identify and teach VB in classrooms, home programs and the community. Skinner was explicit that this type of analysis is helpful regardless of the modality of communication selected- speech, sign, pictures (including the Picture Exchange Communication System- PECS), reading/writing, or other augmentative systems. The workshop describes his core language functions, each defined in terms of its functional relevance. In addition, this workshop uniquely addresses how to identify complex verbal operants, demonstrating how seemingly subtle changes in our teaching strategy may result in significant differences regarding what students learn. Participants will learn how an understanding of how to identify these complex verbal functions can lead to improvements in teaching strategies no matter which modality is selected. The protocol for PECS (Frost and Bondy, 2002) is used as an example of a training sequence that can be analyzed using VB. The workshop reviews issues related to the difficulty of teaching communicating about emotions and feelings, and describes some of the central issues related to autism.
This workshop is appropriate for speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, behavior analysts, psychologists, special educators, paraprofessionals, social workers and/or other professionals who are providing services to/for individuals with developmental disabilities.

To register for this workshop, please click here.

The Language of Emotions
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 13, 2011
Cost: $275 Professional/ $175 Parent
Workshop Hours: 8:00am- 4:00pm
This workshop offers 0.6 ASHA CEUs at no additional cost!


This intensive one-day training is designed to teach participants to analyze how we learn to talk about things that happen inside of us, such as our emotions which B.F. Skinner referred to as "private events". This workshop concentrates on how to both take advantage of existing emotional displays and how to create situations that are likely to induce such feelings.

B.F. Skinner provided an important guide to the analysis of language in his book, Verbal Behavior. In this book, he stresses the critical value of focusing on the function of various aspects of communication. His analysis includes a very interesting section on what her termed "private events". That is how do we learn to talk about things that happen inside of us?

Many people, especially those with autism and related disabilities struggle to acquire language related to expressing their emotions and identifying emotions in other people. In this workshop traditional approaches to teaching learners with autism to communicate about their emotions as well as respond to such language from other people will be reviewed.

Participants will be asked to consider how they currently teach various lessons related to emotions and then to plan to incorporate Skinner’s analysis into the design of effective lessons. These lessons may involve very young children or teenagers and adults who continue to have difficulty with this topic. We also will look at a very important part of language that helps communicative partners better understand the perspective of someone who is attempting to communicate. We will review why this area is so difficult for those with autism and suggest teaching strategies that may lead to successful acquisition of these complex language skills.

This workshop is appropriate for speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, behavior analysts, psychologists, special educators, paraprofessionals, social workers and/or other professionals who are providing services to/for individuals with developmental disabilities.

To register for this workshop, please click here.

Please visit our website at www.pecs.com for more information. Online registration is available. Alternately, you may register via phone at (888) 732-7462. The office accepts checks and purchase orders through the mail. In addition purchase orders may be faxed to the office at (302) 368-2516. Payments must be submitted with a registration form, which can be downloaded from our website www.pecs.com.

To inquire about discounts for larger groups, please contact me directly at ahunter@pecs.com or 888-732-7462 (toll free). I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

 

Pyramid Releases it's Newest Application for the Apple® iPhone and iPad, R+ Remind

01/17/2011

Interested in an app that helps you remember to reinforce good behavior?

Pyramid Educational Consultants is thrilled to announce the release of our newest app for use on Apple® iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, R+ Remind™! This app is perfect for use in busy classrooms to remind all staff to catch your learners "being good!" It was created using research in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and from extensive input from busy educators. R+ Remind™ is a quick and easy way to help educators remember to reinforce good behavior!

To use R+ Remind™, simply open the app, select the average interval time desired and tap “start.” A tone unique to each interval sounds at a variable rate so that you can pause what you’re doing and reinforce a new behavior, the lack of a targeted behavior or even an existing behavior. Each tone is activated on a randomized, variable schedule (the 3-minute tones sounds on average every 3 minutes). R+ Remind™ allows the user to choose from 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 15-minute intervals and includes a countdown, allowing the user to glance at the screen to know when the next tone will sound.

R+ Remind™ is now available and can be purchased through Apple® iTunes App Stores worldwide for download on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch! For more information about R+ Remind™, please visit the Apple iTunes App Store and search for “R+ Remind” or contact us at apps@pecs.com.
 

 

A Special Thank You from Overseas!

01/13/2011

Pyramid Educational Consultants is always thrilled to hear feedback from our clients. We are happy to share this wonderful letter of appreciation from a professional working with individuals with special needs in Central Asia.

PECS Overseas: A Special Thank You to Pyramid Educational Consultants:

"My husband was presenting a medical seminar on Down Syndrome in a remote village in Central Asia, and luckily I too was able to attend. Thank you (Pyramid Educational Consultants) for sending me the materials. I felt like a traveler with camel on the old Silk Road bringing rare treasures like PECS, switches, a computer interface, and splinting materials out of my suitcase in a distant land. While there, I had the pleasure of meeting a therapist who had knowledge on the implementation of PECS. We were able to visit and spend time at special needs centers with mothers and their children of whom had Down Syndrome. During our visit, we met a 16 year old girl who was non-verbal. She was intrigued with the PECS pictures and we worked together to introduce her mother to the system. I was amazed at how quickly the girl caught on to the basic idea. We also had the privilege of visiting another center in a much larger city. This center has been using the PECS system for quite some time and has had great success within their classrooms. I am grateful the PECS system is helping children around the world".

Joyce H.

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants is Pleased to Announce the Launch of our Newest Webcast, I am the Master of My Emotions!

01/13/2011


Pyramid Educational Consultants is pleased to announce the launch of our newest webcast, I am the Master of My Emotions! This webcast was developed and presented by Andy Bondy, Ph.D., the co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, creator of the Pyramid Approach to Education™ and co-creator of the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS).
Join Andy as he discusses how effective lessons regarding emotions can be designed and implemented, as well as why these lessons are difficult to teach. The information presented is an overview of our full day talk, The Language of Emotions. Andy presents the information in a simple and conversational manner, enabling even the novice to grasp the concepts discussed.


Go to
http://www.pecs.com/webcasts/language.php to download the I am the Master of My Emotions webcast for FREE!

This webcast is appropriate for all members of the educational team, including speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, behavior analysts, psychologists, social workers and/or other professionals providing services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

What You Will Begin To Learn:
• To describe how children typically learn to comment about “private events”
• The type of information adults respond to when teaching children to tell us about their emotions, and what may be missing for children with autism
• Why traditional approaches to teaching “the language of emotions” may not be effective and how they can be improved
• How to take advantage of existing emotional displays and how to create situations that are likely to induce such feelings
• Why it is not really easy to teach “really”

Interested in more information about the I am the Master of My Emotions webcast? Contact Alexis Bondy, Marketing Manager, at alexisb@pecs.com. More webcast titles are set to launch in April 2011. Future webcast titles include The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals and A Clear Picture: The Use & Benefits of PECS.

Interested in learning more about the Language of Emotions? Attend or host our one day talk, The Language of Emotions! Go to www.pecs.com for more information.

 

Information for the Talks Being Presented at the ASHA Convention 2010!

11/10/2010

We had mentioned that a number of Pyramid's consultants will be speaking at the 2010 ASHA Convention on November 18-20, 2010. Listed below are the talks being presented, who is presenting them, and where they will be located!

Session #0939- Transitioning From PECS to SGD: A Protocol for Success

The Picture Exchange Communication System systematically teaches functional communication via an evidence-based protocol. When transitioning from PECS to SGDs, this protocol can be used to teach successful SGD if devices are chosen that match a PECS user's current communication skills and that will allow for continued communication growth.

This session will be on Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. This session will be presented by Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP, Amanda Reed BAppSC,MA,  and Joy McGowan.

 

Session #0313- Teaching Picture Discrimination Within the PECS Protocol

Picture Discrimination is a skill that is necessary for independence. Typical match to sample lessons have not been effective for all of our students. The PECS protocol has reinforcing strategies to teach picture discrimination to those struggling with this skill.

This session will be on Friday, November 19, 2010 from 9:30 am until 10:30 am in room 201B. This will be presented by Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP,  Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP, Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP and Jill Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP.

 

Session #1984- Teaching the Language of Emotions

This workshop will describe best practice considerations for teaching the language of emotions to learners with autism spectrum disorders and/or related disabilities. Possible explanations for difficulties with expressing emotions, as well as review of common current practices, will be explored. The presentation will conclude with practical information for strategy implementation.

This session will take place Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm in room 114. It will be presented by Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP, Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP, Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP and Jill Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP.

If you have any questions about any of these sessions, please feel free to contact Amanda Hunter at ahunter@pecs.com.

 

 

Pyramid has released our first app for use on Apple® iPhone and iPad, iPraiseU™!

11/09/2010

Pyramid Educational Consultants is thrilled to announce the release of our first app for use on Apple® iPhone and iPad, iPraiseU™! This app is perfect for instructors and parents who often struggle to think of praise beyond, "Good job!" or "Well done!" The iPraiseU™ app is a quick and easy way to praise your learners with multiple phrases, by multiple voices! Simply open the app and tap or shake your device to generate one of 100 praise statements. All are general statements appropriate for any positive behavior at home, school and/or within the community.
iPraiseU™ is now available for purchase through the Apple® iTunes App Store for download on your iPhone or iPad.

To purchase iPraiseU™, please visit the Apple® iTunes App Store and search for “iPraiseU”. For more information about iPraiseU™ or Pyramid Educational Consultants, please contact Alexis Bondy at alexisb@pecs.com or 302-525-4106.


* Pyramid Educational Consultants is not responsible for broken devices due to excessive shaking.

 

New Webcast Series!

10/18/2010

We are proud to annouce our new webcast series:

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants is thrilled to announce the launch of our new webcast series, PECS and Skinner's Verbal Behavior!

10/18/2010

Pyramid Educational Consultants is thrilled to announce the launch of our new webcast series! PECS and Skinner's Verbal Behavior, the first of the series is now available to view on www.pecs.com

 

This webcast was developed and presented by the co-founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants and co-creators of the Pyramid Approach to Education™ and the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS), Andy Bondy, Ph.D and Lori Frost M.S., CCC-SLP! 

Join Andy and Lori as they explore how the work of B.F. Skinner, specifically Verbal Behavior can help everyone better understand how language can be viewed from a behavioral perspective, one that leads to practical applications and improved lessons. Andy and Lori present the information in a simple and conversational manner, enabling even the novice to grasp the concepts discussed.

Go to http://www.pecs.com/webcasts.php to download the
PECS & Skinner’s Verbal Behavior webcast for FREE!

This webcast is appropriate for all members of the educational team who want to learn more about Skinner's Verbal Behavior, including speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, behavior analysts, psychologists, social workers and/or other professionals providing services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

What You Will Learn:
• Define “verbal behavior” and “vocal” behavior
• Name the three antecedent and conditions for Verbal Behavior
• List three primary verbal operants
• Analyze pure versus multiply controlled verbal operants

Interested in more information about the PECS & Skinner's Verbal Behavior webcast? Contact Alexis Bondy, Marketing Manager at alexisb@pecs.com. More webcast titles are set to launch starting April 2011. Future webcast titles include The Language of Emotions, The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals, and PECS: Myths and Misconceptions.

Interested in learning more about Verbal Behavior? Attend or host our one day talk, Analyzing and Fine Tuning Communication! Go to www.pecs.com for more information.

 

 

Skinner Discussion Panel and PECS- USA Facebook page!

10/11/2010

Skinner Quote Discussion Panel now available at PECS -USA Facebook fan page! Visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newark-DE/PECS-USA/85640329444?v=app_2373072738#!/topic.php?uid=85640329444&topic=15102 to read Skinner's quotes and Dr. Andy Bondy's comments. Have your own comments and/or questions? Post them today!

 

Don't Miss This Rare Opportunity...

10/05/2010

Don't miss this rare opportunity to attend the PECS Basic Training being presented by our Co-Founders,  Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP!!!

The PECS Basic Training will be held on October 25 & 26, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Historic District in Philadelphia, PA!!!

For additional information about this training, please contact Amanda Hunter at ahunter@pecs.com.

 

Parents and Teachers learn about PECS!

10/05/2010

Parents and teachers learn about PECS with Pyramid consultant Jamie Wedel.

Visit www.wlfi.com/dpp/news/local/Parents-and-teachers-learn-PECS-system to view the article.

 

See Lori Frost at the ASHA Convention!

10/04/2010

Come see Pyramid Consultants, Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP, Jill Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP, Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP, and Co-Founder, Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP present at the 2010 ASHA Convention on November 18-20, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. 

For more information about these presentations, please contact Amanda Hunter at ahunter@pecs.com.

 

A fond farewell to Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas

08/30/2010

 

Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas
1927-2010

Everyone in Pyramid mourns the passing of a great pioneer in the field of autism; O. Ivar Lovaas, PhD. Dr. Lovaas led the way for all of us to see the true range of possibilities in the education of children with autism. Pyramid is proud of the work we did together in 1999, bringing Dr. Lovaas, his wife Nina, Lori Frost and Andy Bondy to over 800 people in Chicago. We in the field of behavior analysis learned a great deal from Dr. Lovaas and he will be truly missed!

"Lori (Frost) and I enjoyed many friendly days with Ivar, including a delightful dinner at his home in California. We both were honored when he asked us to write a chapter about PECS and related visual issues for his recent major guide to working with children with autism and other disabilities, Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Basic Intervention Techniques (Bondy, A. & Frost, L. (2003). Communication strategies for visual learners. In O.I. Lovaas (Ed.). (pp. 291-303). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.)", Andrew Bondy, Ph.D.

For the complete obituary from the New York Times please click the link: www.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/health/23lovaas.html

 

Newly Revised and Updated PECS 151 Pictures!

06/07/2010

The PECS 151 Picture Collection
For Those with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

*Click the image to link directly to the Pyramid Products page

Pyramid Educational Consultants (www.pecs.com) is pleased to announce the update and re-release of its most popular picture collection to help those with autism and other developmental disabilities communicate with those around them.

PECS 151-Revised, a highly colorful collection of pictures and symbols for visual communication for use as part of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), is available in two image sizes:

• 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” (large size) and

• 1” x 1” (small size) 

Both picture sets include some of the most commonly used pictures for PECS. The list of images was compiled over several years by tracking the picture vocabulary development of a significant number of new PECS users and includes a total of 151 pictures.

Each PECS 151-Revised picture is generic and non-specific and is perfect for combining with attributes for precise requests or comments. The illustrations are in full-color, explicit, and versatile. Each set contains six Sentence Starter icons and twenty beginning attribute icons. The pictures come printed on rigid paper and are laminated, for added durability. Loop Velcoins© are included to apply to the back of the pictures, which allows them to be used with communication books, schedules, activity boards, and visual reinforcement systems – anywhere you use visual strategies!

Each set has been updated to reflect more current and commonly used pictures. Some of the new images include: “DVD,” “sensory table,” “sand play,” and “squishy toys” among others.

The PECS 151-Revised picture sets were created by Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP, the co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants and co-creator of PECS. The sets are illustrated by Rayna Bondy, Brad Almond and Karen Kaler.

 

 

In a world of high and low tech gadgets, where does PECS (now categorized as 'no-tech') fit in?

06/03/2010

High-tech, Lo-tech or No-tech?
Sophie Kerr, Clinical Director, Pyramid Australia

The world of Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems is in a constant state of flux. The most recent additions to this ever expanding set of tools are the iPod/iPhone apps. Some apps focus on building sentences to be shown to a listener, others function as speech generating devices (SGDs). The question for parents then becomes “What is the best option for my child?” And some of you may be asking “In a world of high and low tech gadgets, where does PECS, now categorized as a ‘no-tech’ system, fit in?”

The development of PECS began in 1985. In the 25 years since this time, numerous research papers have concluded that PECS and the protocols used to teach it are effective. PECS truly is an evidence-based system, with proven outcomes. Using PECS has improved communication skills, increased independence and decreased inappropriate behaviors in students of all ages across the world. Many students who use PECS eventually transition to using speech as their primary mode of communication. When this is the case, investment in a high-tech device may not be warranted until other options have been explored.

Those considering use of high and low tech devices must consider, weight, size, transportability, battery life, button size, voice output options, vocabulary size, communicative functions, cost and more. The beauty of the iPod/iPhone system is that it provides a light weight, transportable, low-cost option. With the development of applications like Grace App, it is clear that personalizing the system is possible with some technical know-how. However, as with any communication system, there are a range of other issues to consider.

One of the clear advantages of PECS is that with no batteries or microchips, charging and breakdowns are not a consideration. It is often recommended that PECS is the starting point for students who will eventually transition to using an SGD. Beginning with PECS allows students to learn about communication more quickly, as the pre-requisite skills are far fewer. When this is the case, students will have the ability to develop functional communication more quickly. For students who have learned PECS prior to SGD use, they also have ready access to a communication system if their high-tech device breaks down or runs out of charge.

Setting up a no-tech communication system like PECS is often far easier than setting up a high-tech device. One of the most important considerations when providing a communication system is how quickly the student will be able to use it. If the lead-in includes having to program or modify a device, the student may have an extended period without a functional communication system. In addition, a pre-requisite to using this type of picture point system is that the student can discriminate pictures. This again increases the time until the student is able to functionally communicate.

When considering a communication system, always think back to the definition of communication. Communication involves approaching a communication partner and delivering a message. While it is possible to teach both of these skills using high-tech devices (most effectively done through the use of techniques from the PECS protocol), it is often easier to teach these skills using a no-tech system like PECS. With no voice output, the PECS user must approach their communication partner to deliver their message, thus ensuring the skill of social approach is required.

On the whole, whether choosing a no-tech, low-tech or high-tech communication system, it is essential that communication systems are customized to best suit the individual student. When doing so, always consider what is being taught and how it will be taught. The Pyramid Approach to Education and PECS protocol provide a strong base for teaching any communication system. A focus on no-tech systems can provide a functional communication system with very little lead in.

Consider starting with a no-tech system and transitioning to a high-tech system if the individual does not develop speech. This will also allow time for the newest editions to high-tech communication systems to be further developed and made more user friendly.

 

PECS Related Research Available!

05/28/2010

Our Research page has been updated to include 19 NEW research publications related to PECS. The complete list of new publications is listed below.

For more information or to view the full list of PECS Related Research, please click here- www.pecsusa.com/research.php
 

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. is proud to be a sponsor of the 4th Annual Delaware Walk for Autism!

03/30/2010

Come one, come all and visit Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington for Autism Delware's Fourth Annual Walk for Autism!

Please visit: www.delautism.org/Events/WalkforAutism/walkforautism.html for more information.

 

PECS User Group Meeting in Skokie, Illinois

02/04/2010

PECS User Group Meeting-

Date: March 8th, 2010

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: North Shore University Pediatric Rehab Serives, STE-H-190

9811 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077

Contact: Jill Waegenaere- jwaegenaere@pecs.com

 

 

A Gracious Thank You

01/14/2010

7th January 2010

Dear Lori (Frost) and Andy (Bondy),

I’m writing to say a very appreciative thank you for all the resources you have donated to the Special Needs Project here in Jinja Uganda.

I, Uganda teachers, children and parents are over joyed at the generosity you have shown.

I have been working out in Uganda now since September 2008 setting up primary education and an outreach service for children aged 0 -18 years with a variety of disabilities.

The special needs unit is a residential facility attached to a government run primary school. Soft Power Education (SPE) refurbished 2 dorms, 2 bathrooms, 2 classrooms and created a fabulous physiotherapy/soft play room.

The unit caters for 36 children with physical and intellectual disabilities with a high percentage displaying communication difficulties. This is where my training in PECS (I have attended all of your courses over the years whilst being a SEN teacher/Assistant Head in the UK over the past 12 years) and your resources have made a major impact on many children’s lives.

The resources have been used to train the Uganda teachers and Uganda outreach staff to implement with the children in the school and on the outreach.

We have registered just over 200 children in the rural villages with disabilities who have never been to school. So initially we are targeting 50 of these twice a week on the outreach and 36 in the school.

Over time we will be running community workshops for the parents and extended families in the use of PECS.

It’s a fantastic project (a bit biased as I set it up)!! But it would not be flourishing the way it is if it wasn’t for people like you donating resources and funds. So thank you very much for your continued support.

Best Wishes and Many Thanks,

Sarah Louise
 

 

 

2010 Pics for PECS Upgrade Now Available

01/14/2010

 

Do you already own the 2009 Pics for PECS CD©? Are you interested in purchasing the newest 250+ pictures available on the 2010 CD©? Well now you can!! Click the image above to download the newest pictures in ultra high resolution!

 

Pics for PECS 2010-Now Available!

01/06/2010

Our 9th version of Pics for PECS™. This year's CD has over 200 new images for a total of over 2400! The images are all high -resolution jpg images for use in communication books, schedules, activity boards, visual reinforcement systems or wherever you use visual strategies. New images this year include more personal care items, community workers, reinforcers for older students and foods. Look for "craisins", "video game system", "muesli"," It hurts" and "I'm bleeding". We include a comprehensive picture dictionary of every symbol on the CD and grids for using the pictures in Microsoft Word® format.

Click here to place your order today!

Click here to view the 2010 Pics for PECS© wordlist

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants is on Facebook!

12/09/2009

Are you a fan of PECS and a Facebook member? Now you can be both! Support PECS –USA on Facebook. Log into Facebook and search for PECS –USA to become a fan!

The PECS –USA Facebook page will offer open forums for discussion about augmentative communication and allow you to post your thoughts on PECS. Our Facebook page will provide announcements about exciting and rare upcoming events and product updates. This page will also have a direct link to our webpage www.pecs.com.

Join the discussion!


 

 

Andy Bondy Invited to Present in Los Angeles

11/12/2009

 

Pyramid Approach Basic Training

10/28/2009

No matter what, where or who you are teaching, the Pyramid Approach can help you do it better!


Pyramid is proud to announce the launch of our newest workshop, the Pyramid Approach Basic Training!  Don't miss the opportunity to attend this dynamic training!  2010 Dates & Locations are listed below:

September 9 & 10, 2010 (Chicago, Illinois)

December 6 & 7, 2010 (Piscataway, New Jersey)

General Description: The Pyramid Approach to Education is a comprehensive frameword for establishing effective learning environments.  Through the use of applied behavior analysis, this approach provides the foundation for a positive environment for growth.  The Pyramid emphasizes how to teach, rather than simply what to teach, in order to maximize an individual's learning outcomes. 

To register for this training or for more information, click here

This course is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level, Professional Area).

 

Large & Small Insert Page Sets

10/27/2009

NOW AVAILABLE!

Large & Small Insert Page Sets

Does your learner need extra insert pages for their Large or Small PECS Communication Book to house more PECS pictures?

Order a Large or Small Insert Page Set today!

Large and Small Insert Pages are now available in sets of six.  Insert Pages are made of thick, durable polyvinyl and have been redesigned to include color-coded tabs for easy page turning.  Each set includes an assortment of colors and have uniquely located color-coded tabs.  Hook (rough) Velcro strips are included for self assembly so you can customize your pages.  Large Pages measure 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" and fit all Large PECS Communication Books.  Small Pages measure 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" and fit all Small PECS Communication Books.

Click here to order the Large Insert Page Set

Click here to order the Small Insert Page Set

 

PECS Training in Spanish

10/26/2009

Interested in hosting a PECS Training in Spanish?

Don't miss out on the opportunity to bring PECS Training in Spanish to your staff and/or community!  PECS Basic Training and PECS Advanced Training now available in Spanish!  Schedule your training today! 

Please contact Katya Hazelden at khazelden@pecs.com to find out how to bring Spanish training to your location. 
 

For information regarding Pyramid and PECS in Spanish, please visit www.pecs-spain.com.

 

 

Earn 2.4 ASHA CEUs at Your Own Pace

10/25/2009

Do you want to earn 2.4 ASHA CEUs while working at your own pace?  Enroll in our Self-Study Course, Study Guide: Creating Effective Learning Environments, today!

Study Guide: Creating Effective Learning Environments

General Description:  The creators of PECS are now offering you an opportunity to learn all you ever wanted to know about teaching students with developmental disabilities.  This Self-Study allows you to work at your own pace to read the Pyramid Approach to Education in Autism book and complete the study guide filled with pratical questions.

Participants will focus on the review of essential elements in creating an effective educational environment for learners with developmental disabilities.  Specific topics include functional activities, reinforcement, communication, contextually inappropriate behaviors, generalization, lesson formats, error correction, teaching strategies and data collection/analysis.  Completion of the study guide allows reflection and implementation of all concepts highlighted within the text.

To enroll in this Self-Study or for more information, please click here

 

This course is offered for 2.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Area, Professional Area).

 

2010 Workshop/Product Catalog

10/24/2009

The 2010 Workshop and Product Catalog has arrived!  To view the newest catalog, click here

 

BACB CEUs

10/23/2009

Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. is pleased to announce that we now offer BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) CEUs at our workshops!

Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. is an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Provider and is able to arrange and oversee Type 2 Continuing Education Events for BACB Certification.  Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts are eligible to receive 7.0 BACB CEUs for the PECS Basic Training and 12.5 BACB CEUs for the PECS Advanced Training.  Credits are availble for many of our other workshops, as well. 

 

2010 Pyramid Workshop Schedule

10/22/2009

The 2010 Pyramid Workshop Dates have been added to our list page. To view the 2010 Pyramid Workshop Schedule, click here.

 

Pyramid-PECS Message Board

10/20/2009

Join thousands of other members on the Pyramid-PECS Message Board!

Our online message board is a great way to connect with the worldwide PECS community.  Share success stories, post PECS implementaton questions, learn about the newest PECS strategies and offer assistance to other PECS users.

Join today at http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/pyramid-pecs

 

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