The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is designed to aid communication and speech development in children with autism, learning difficulties or speech delay.
My PECS cards are different to the usual PECS cards that you will find, as I have used photos rather than clip-art style images, as I have found from experience that children with autism respond much better to photographic images. I have spent many long hours putting together this collection of photo cards and hope they will be put to good use by many.
The ideas behind the PDF version of these PECS is that you can make your own PECS cards at home and easily replace any that become damaged with lots of use. Ideally, the cards would be printed, laminated and velcroed, before being placed somewhere that the child would have easy access to communication at all times.
This listing is for a PDF file with 64 PHOTO PECS cards from the 'Out and About' collection.These PECS cards are also available as an editable .DOC file (Microsoft Office Word) or as a folder of individual .JPEG images. Email me at the address below if you would prefer either of these options.
The last image is for illustration purposes only, to give an example of these PECS cards in use. The image shows a page from a food folder I made at home. This is brilliant for keeping in the kitchen and allows the child to easily communicate what they would like to eat or drink.
I have other listings for PDFs of cards from other subjects (listed below) in the photo PECS collection. The simple visual nature of these cards make them ideal for use as part of a learning in situations other than speech/communication development. I have found them very useful in games such as picture matching, counting, reading, singing and many others.
- Body Parts
- Everyday Objects
- Musical Instruments
- Out and About Objects
- Places to Go
- School Lessons
- Seasons and Weather
- Special Occasions
- Special Subjects
- Verbs and Actions
All of my items are learning aids that I have created myself based on autistic children being visual learners. Most children learn and practice skills through play, but a child with autism will need practice and prompting to do so. All of the games that I design are meant for the child to use with the help of an adult. There are lots of wonderful resources to help children develop but children with autism can find the colors and quantity of objects too overwhelming and many do not know what to do with it all, for this reason the games are kept simple and information is presented clearly and visually.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
SENtoys Photo PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) by Gemma and Kerry Hutchinson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License