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2016 ASHA Convention


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


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.


Teaching Critical Communication Skills - Online Workshop


Our one day workshop Teaching Critical Communication Skills is now available as an online workshop in English! ASHA and BACB CEUs available! Introductory rate of $99.00 USD. For more information or to enroll in the workshop, click here.


Sussex Consortium


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!


New Office Address


Please note that as of March 21st, 2016, Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. has moved to a new location. Our new address is below.

Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
350 Churchmans Road, Suite B
New Castle, DE 19720


New PECS Certification Program


Pyramid is excited to announce the launch of our newly revised PECS Certification Program! To learn more about the new PECS Certification Program go to


PECS to SGDs - Guidelines & Recommendations


We’ve just released a document outlining our position, guidelines and recommendations for a successful transition from PECS to a speech generating device (SGD)! Go to to read the document. For more information about transitioning from PECS to SGDs attend our new full day talk, Transitioning from PECS to SGDs.

For more information or to host this training contact us at or 888-732-7462.


PECS Success Story


In honor of Autism Awareness Month, a "PECS Success Story Contest" was held during the month of April. We received many submissions from parents and professionals who have found success implementing the PECS protocol. We would like to thank those who participated. The winning submission can be found below.

Nerds - When I first met “Chris,” he was three years old. He walked into our Child Find screening day shepherded by his mother; her look of exhaustion and apprehension spoke volumes about their time together leading up to this day. It was obvious that Chris showed the classic signs of Autism. His “communication” consisted mainly of screaming, jumping, and crawling under furniture. At times he would erupt into “fits” that had no readily-apparent trigger. He was using no words and did not appear to be responding to the words of others. He had self-stimulatory behaviors and obsessive interests. We conducted our screening as best we could, referred him to an audiologist to rule out hearing loss, and began paperwork to test him for special education eligibility. Within weeks he was enrolled in our pre-school special education classroom and I started him on the PECS program; excited to try this new-to-me method of therapy.

Chris moved quickly through Phase 1, seemingly hungry for the effective interactions that these colorful little pictures opened up for him. His motivation, at that time, was highest when working for “Nerds” candy. Like so many children with Autism, Chris craved the sensory pop of sour or tangy tastes. As the days went by we moved through the program and he would occasionally attempt to say what sounded like a word. Then, words began to emerge, clearly formed and related to the items at hand. We began Phase IV: Sentence Formation. Chris initially stumbled a bit as the expectations of the task changed, but he recovered quickly and quickly grasped the idea. Within a session or two he was arranging the little icons on his orange plastic sentence strip and handing over his message, like a relay runner handing off his baton. Still though, he would only say one word each time; sometimes not even that. Nevertheless he was communicating and we were making progress. Then came “The Day:” We began our Speech session and I got out a small box of strawberry-flavored “Nerds” candy. Chris’s eyes lit up as he reached for his blue PECS book. Deftly selecting and affixing his icons, he handed over his sentence strip. But before I could look at the icons, Chris clearly spoke words which still echo in my memory to this day: “I WANT NERDS.” After I recovered from my shock I fumbled to open the tiny candy box and reward him for his efforts. I may have emptied the whole box into his hand I was so excited. To this day, five years later, I still have that little empty “Nerds” box tucked into my desk; a reminder of Chris’s victory, and mine.

Submission by: Gordon Dalton - Lovingston, Virginia


PECS Products Now Available in Spanish!


We are pleased to announce that we are now offering the PECS 151 in Spanish!

This set of pictures is a collection of some of the most commonly used pictures for PECS. We compiled this list over several years by tracking the picture vocabulary development of hundreds of new PECS users. Our generic, non-specific pictures are perfect for combining with attributes for precise requests or comments. To save you valuable time, these full color pictures are printed on rigid paper and are laminated for added durability! VELCRO® Brand loop VELCOINS® are included to apply to the back of your pictures. "Imágenes de color para la comunicación visual."

To order, or for more information, please visit

The Second Edition PECS Training Manual is also available in Spanish. For more information please visit and select "Spanish" in the drop down menu.


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