Working with PECS

Video Summary

PECS, the picture exchange communication system, uses pictures to help nonverbal children request their wants and needs without the use of language. In this clip a therapist attempts to teach Sajid to use a PECS system. In addition to lacking speech, Sajid displays deficits in communication. He lacks not only the ability to speak, but also the motivation to communicate and understand that pictures or words can be used to represent different objects. Such pervasive communication deficits, as opposed to delayed language alone, are important indicators of ASD.


    • Nonverbal Behaviors Used in Social Interaction
    • lack of eye contact
    • Nonverbal Communicative Skills
    • picture exchange system (PECS)
    • lack of pointing
    • Therapies
    • therapy strategies
    • working with autism
    • reinforcement
    • Verbal Communicative Skills
    • lack of receptive language
    • lack of expressive language

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