1. What does your service do?
PECS is a unique alternative/augmentative communication system developed in the USA in 1985 by Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S. CCC/SLP. PECS was first implemented with pre‐school students diagnosed with Autism at the Delaware Autism Program. The findings from the program were that 76% of children placed on PECS acquired speech as either their sole communication system or augmented by a picture based system. Since then PECS has been implemented worldwide with a variety of learners of all ages who have various cognitive, physical and communication challenges.
PECS consist of six phases. It begins by teaching an individual to give a single picture of a desired item to a “communicative partner”, who immediately honours the exchange as a request. The system goes on to teach discrimination of pictures and how to put them together in sentences. In the more advanced phases, individuals are taught to use modifiers, answer questions and comment.
We run approximately 95 PECS workshops per year, plus we also offer training in behaviour management, sexual and social safety for those with additional needs plus the highly acclaimed ‘Language of Emotions’ and more.
We also offer consultancy in the form of in-school support, in-home support, in-community support. 1:1 consultation and remote support via interactive technology (skype or sightspeed).
Post training we offer support in the form of a very active yahoo group. Our facebook page and twitter feed also offer help and tips. PECS users can call/email the office for help or advice.
2. Where is the service located, and what areas does it cover?
Pyramid Educational consultants UK Ltd work across the whole of the UK, Ireland and beyond. Our office is located in Brighton on the south coast but we deliver training and consultancy all over the UK.
3. Who does your service provide for?
We cover ages 18 months to 100 years! There are no eligibility criteria to use PECS. PECS is appropriate for people of all ages with a wide range of learning difficulties. Originally developed for pre-school children with autism, PECS is now successfully being used with adults and children with a range of communication difficulties. It is never too late to start PECS which can be used in conjunction with other approached such as TEACCH, portage and ABA.
4. How can I start using the service?
You do not need a referral to use PECS. Look at http://www.pecs-unitedkingdom.com/attendworkshop.php for a list of current training workshops. This link also gives current prices. If you need help with funding it is possible that you could be eligible for financial assistance from the Pyramid Educational Trust www.pyramideducationaltrust.org
There are no waiting lists for our services or to attend one of our workshops.
5. How are decisions made about who can use your service?
PECS workshops and consultancy services are open to everyone, parents and professionals alike.
6. How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?
At the end of every workshop we ask for feedback from the delegates to assess that we have fulfilled the needs of all delegates.
There are 2 leaflets available from our office, you can also download these via our website http://www.pecs-unitedkingdom.com/brochure.php One details all the training workshops that we are holding in the year ahead plus all the resources we sell. The second leaflet is a short introduction to PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education.
The PECs manual is available in English and Arabic from the UK office. Other languages are available from Pyramid companies around the world. All workshops are conducted in English.
You will be able to see for yourself how your child is progressing or you can request some in-home support or in-school support.
All of our workshops are open to parents.
7. Is your service fully accessible?
All of our training workshops are held in hotels and conference venues and therefore should be fully accessible. We use audio visual equipment (including microphones) at all of our workshops.
Children do not attend our workshops they are intended for adults only.
8. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
All of the Pyramid consultants are highly trained professionals. You can read more about the consultants here: http://www.pecs-unitedkingdom.com/staff.php
9. Who can I contact for further information?
All enquiries/questions should be directed to our office in the first instance on 01273 609555 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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