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Fourth International Conference; Australia, 2007

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Symposium #82
CE Offered: BACB
Advances in PECS Research and Use
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
2:00 PM–3:20 PM
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Andy Bondy (Pyramid Educational Consultants)
CE Instructor: Andy Bondy, Ph.D.

The effective use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) continues to expand worldwide, as indicated by descriptive and research-based publications regarding autism as well as other developmental disabilities. This symposium will review recent extensions of PECS regarding Occupational Therapy, behavior management, and transitional issues to other communication modalities. We also will review some recent research findings as well as point out a number of myths often associated with PECS.

Using PECS and Visual Supports within Occupational Therapy.
RACHEL VAN DER LINDEN (Pyramid Education Consultants, Australia)
Abstract: The World Federation of Occupational Therapists has stated that its primary goal is to "enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life." This goal is wholly consistent with the functional orientation of behavior analysis and the Pyramid Approach to Education. This talk will focus on how the use of PECS and other visual strategies can help achieve this broad outcome that Occupational Therapists seek to achieve.
Transitioning from The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to Alternative Modalities.
AMANDA REED (Pyramid Educational Consultants), Lori Frost (Pyramid Educational Consultants)
Abstract: This paper will outline issues related to transitioning from PECS to speech, picture point systems and/or voice output communication aides (VOCAs). Specific areas of discussion regarding the transition to speech-based communication will include: speech intelligibility, delayed versus disordered speech development, utterance length, initiation of communication, and vocabulary expansion. In addition, issues related to transitioning from PECS to a picture point system and/or voice output communication aides (VOCAs) will be discussed. The application of a picture point system as an intermediate step prior to device selection will be considered. Finally, the use of PECS as a communication repair strategy following the transition to speech, picture point communication or a VOCA will be described. The content of the paper will be compiled through a review of the current literature, in addition to anecdotal reports.
Myths Associated with PECS: Facts vs. Fiction.
LORI FROST (Pyramid Educational Consultants), Andy Bondy (Pyramid Educational Consultants)
Abstract: PECS has substantially grown in popularity around the world, as has its empirical support. With that growth has come many misunderstanding, misinterpretations and myths associated with PECS and its use. This paper will review many of the common myths, some of which have the form "You can do PECS with X," and discuss how these perspective may be inconsistent with established protocol, behavior analytic theory, as well as empirical evidence from recent research.
How PECS Can Help with Challenging Behaviors.
ANDY BONDY (Pyramid Educational Consultants), Lori Frost (Pyramid Educational Consultants)
Abstract: The hallmark of behavior analysis is its emphasis function over form. This orientation is critical when planning to deal with contextually inappropriate behaviors (CIBs). The function of some CIBs appears to be communicative and this talk will discuss practical application and research findings associated with the use of PECS with intervention packages. Included will be reactive and preventive strategies.



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