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Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) Training for Young Children: Does Training Transfer at School to Home?

Authored by Carre, AJM, Le Grice B., Blampied NM, and Walker D. in Behavior Change, Volume 26, Issue 1, p. 54-65, (2009).

Article summary (posted Jul 13, 2010):


Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) may be easily taught to children with autism, but it may be hard to teach the children to generalize PECS requests outside of therapy sessions and into school and home.

This study focused on the extent to which PECS training transfers to the classroom and home. The three children in the study (5-6 years old) learned PECS quickly. The children did not make many PECS requests outside of the therapy session. The child who had the most PECS training was also the child who made the most PECS requests in school. The authors suggest that it may be important to have trained PECS communication partners in the school and home in order to get the child to use PECS in different settings.


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