PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism
Written by Andy Bondy, Ph.D., and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP, 2002, 150 pages, 25 photos.
A Picture’s Worth: PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism examines the value of nonverbal communication strategies for children with autism, and describes the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). After a thorough review of verbal communication development, A Picture’s Worth explains how autism affects the acquisition and progression of those skills. Without the ability to express themselves, children with autism experience a high level of frustration, which is the root cause of many undesirable behaviors. The book explores the relationship between behavior and communication, teaching parents how to recognize patterns in their own child’s behavior and when to begin a visual communication program such as PECS. Bondy and Frost describe the six phases of training in PECS and provide many real-life case studies, along with a complete series of lessons, from beginner to more advanced PECS techniques.