postheadericon How to Create a PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Chart

PECS is a way to communicate with nonverbal or partially verbal autistic people. It helps them express their needs, and acts as a stepping stone towards more advanced communication (e.g. typing, sign language, and speech). Each PECS package is as individual as people are, so make it fun!

How to Create a PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Chart

1 Take pictures of various foods, games, and activities pertaining to the child. Print out the pictures (with or without corresponding words). Print them in a size that is reasonable, based on how advanced the autistic person’s motor skills are. Clip art can also work.

How to Create a PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Chart

2 Protect the pictures. They will undergo frequent use, so it’s a good idea to reinforce them so they don’t get bent, wet, or ripped. Laminate them. Cut out pieces of cardboard or old cereal boxes. Tape the cards to the pieces, and then cover the entire thing with clear tape.

How to Create a PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Chart

3 Place one side of velcro on the back of the pictures. Put the other side of the velcro on a piece of construction paper or cardboard.

How to Create a PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Chart

4 Staple the construction paper near the various activities in the house. Pictures of food can go into a binder in the kitchen.

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