What is PECS Phase 2 The objective for phase 2 as set out by The Picture Exchange Communication System Training Manual (available from Pyramid Education) is: The student goes to his / her communication book, pulls the picture off, goes to the trainer, gets the trainer’s attention, and releases the picture into the trainers hand.
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Phase two – distance and persistence We can now move on to help a child to use their new communication skills in different places, and with different people. This will mean they will have to learn to travel to their ‘partner’ or to find their communication board.
Phase 2 can begin as soon as students have acquired the basic skills outlined in Phase 1 (e.g., reaching for the high-interest item, picking up the picture/symbol of the item, handing the picture/symbol to the communication partner, acquiring the high interest item). There will continue to be many opportunities for the learner to practice these skills in a variety of settings with highly desirable reinforcers.
PHASE III. Picture Discrimination Individuals learn to select from two or more pictures to ask for their favorite things. These are placed in a PECS Communication Book—a ringed binder with self-adhesive hook fastener strips where pictures are stored and easily removed for communication. PHASE IV . Sentence Structure Individuals learn to construct simple sentences on a detachable Sentence …
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Phase 2: Adding Distance and Persistence The student should go to his or her book and pull off the picture of the desired item. Then, he or she should go to the partner and hand them the picture. It’s important to note this stage might take longer.
Phase 2: Increasing Spontaneity. During this phase, the child will pick up the picture symbols without any prompting. Begin to increase the distance between the child’s communication book and/or Communication Partner. This will give the child the opportunity to learn to access the picture symbol, go to the Communication Partner, and gain their attention before making the request. As in Phase …
The Six Phases of PECS. PHASE I. How to Communicate. Students learn to exchange single pictures for items or activities they really want. PHASE II. Distance and Persistence. Still using single pictures, students learn to generalise this new skill by using it in different places, with different people and across distances.
Using the two person prompting means shouldn’t get any errors at this stage. Select one reinforcer and have that and the PECS card for it available. Place the card in front of the child either on the floor or table, choices will be introduced at a later phase.