2017 AOTA Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration
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!
PECS Level 2 Certified Implementer now available!
Want to validate your PECS knowledge and skills? Enroll in our PECS Certification Program today! PECS Level 2 Certified Implementer now available! Go to www.pecsusa.com/certification.php for more information.
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.
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 www.pecsusa.com/certification.php
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.
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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