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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 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

Important notes:  Your access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in.  Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech no longer offers extensions for CE courses; if you do not finish your course and need to repurchase, please contact us.  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.


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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)