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BEHP1127: The Use & Benefits of the Picture Exchange Comm System (PECS) is a Course

BEHP1127: The Use & Benefits of the Picture Exchange Comm System (PECS)

Time limit: 60 days
3.5 credits

$45.50 Enroll

Full course description

Time: 3 hours, 9 minutes
Credit: 3.5 Learning (type-2) BACB CEs

Andy Bondy, Ph.D.

Course Description: The Picture exchange communication system (PECS) is an evidence-based strategy used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. This talk begins with a brief overview of the pyramid approach to education. Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions, using a variety of attributes, and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Relevant recent research regarding PECS and various outcome measures are presented and recent myths and misconceptions associated with PECS are reviewed. 


  • Understand how to implement all six phases of PECS with students, using a behavior analytic orientation
  • Learn strategies for creating opportunities for communication across the day
  • Describe the relationship between PECS and other communication training approaches
  • List criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities
  • Describe myths and misconceptions associated with PECS

Keywords: Language, PECS, autism, teaching, communication, pyramid approach to education

 This course is recommended for BCBAs and BCaBAs and those with background knowledge of behavior analysis working with children with autism.

Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Note: The 60-day access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in; purchasing multiple course subscriptions will not extend your access. 

Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech will no longer offer extensions for new purchases.  Purchases made prior to this date will be eligible for an extension per the previous policy:

Effective July 23, 2018, each ABA Learning (type-2) on-demand CE course may be extended a maximum of three times within six months of the original course purchase. After six months from the original date of purchase, the course will need to be purchased again. 


For more information, to request an extension, or if you experience problems when registering, please email us at

Important note:  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.

Refund Policy

No refunds are provided once the course is accessed.

These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023)