Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS®)

  I’m sure many of you might be thinking what exactly is PECS? PECS is a form of augmentative and alternation communication that is used to help individuals, who have limited or no functional communication skills, to learn in a systematic and evidenced based manner. PECS can help with the development of speech, and most likely achieve a reduction in behavior issues. Below is a flow chart to decide if your child is a good candidate for PECS (click on the flowchart for a clearer view): Cop...
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How to Communicate With Your Child’s Teacher

It’s that time of year again -- school is officially in session! The beginning of the school year comes with all sorts of novel things: new clothes and school supplies, new classroom rules, and new teachers. Meeting a new teacher can be intimidating to both you and your child; therefore it is crucial to begin this relationship off on the right foot. As the parent, you are the expert on your child, and it is very important that you are aware of what goes on during those seven school day hours. Th...
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PECS- Picture Exchange Communication System

PECS Picture Exchange Communication System, referred to as PECS, is a system of visuals designed and proven to teach children who cannot speak how to communicate through pictures and eventually how to vocally communicate with others.  In addition to selecting a desired picture, the child is taught to verbally say what he wants as well, as he is selecting the picture.         PHASE I Children learn to exchange just one picture to receive an item or activ...
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What are the Indicators that Someone has an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Who does this include and what are the indicators that someone has an autism spectrum disorder? Read on as we will go into further depth about Autism Spectrum Disorders and answer these questions and more. Please contact us with any questions or future posts you would like to see on this topic.   Autism Spectrum Disorders include: Autism Asperger Syndrome - typical cognitive and language development Rett’s Disorder – occurs in females and i...
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What Autism Looks Like

Overview The essential features of Autism are impaired development of language and social skills. A severe insistence on sameness and routine is another classic marker. Sensory processing deficits, including self-stimulatory behavior, are also inherent in Autism Spectrum Disorders. These can vary greatly from child to child, that is why Autism is a spectrum disorder. Socially Social aspects of Autism include lack of eye contact, facial expressions, theory of mind/perspective taking, and...
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What are the Puzzle Pieces of Autism?

Join us as we go in depth into the topic of Autism over the next few blog posts. Please feel free to send in any follow up questions or comments that you would like to see addressed. AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER DSM-IV-TR definition of Autism: qualitative impairment in social interaction qualitative impairment in communication restricted, repetitive and stereotypical patterns of behavior, interests and activities onset in delays is very early, prior to age three. According to DSM,...
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Increasing Language Seminar

Does your toddler just reach for what he wants? Is he trying to tell you what he wants but you just can't figure it out? Does your child have more "tantrums" when you can't figure out what he wants? Come learn strategies to promote language that will help your child better communicate what he wants and reduce those tantrums! Sarah Steinberg, MS, BCBA is once again presenting for Kids First Pediatrics.   Space is limited, so please RSVP to info@kidsfirstpediatricpartners.com Hope to ...
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