Autism Awareness Month
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
"Show Us Your PECS" Contest!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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!
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.
New Download Available!
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.
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 http://www.pecsusa.com/Brochures/PECStoSGD-GuidelinesRecommendations-USA.pdf 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 email@example.com or 888-732-7462.
ACEing Autism Partnership
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!
Countries Served by Pyramid
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our services.
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 http://www.pecsproducts.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=176
The Second Edition PECS Training Manual is also available in Spanish. For more information please visit http://www.pecsproducts.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=28 and select "Spanish" in the drop down menu.
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