Explore and understand effective communication within the Special Education Needs sector and the importance of using The Picture Exchange Communication System where required.

What is PECS and why do I need to learn it?

The Picture Exchange Communication System, or PECS, allows people with little or no communication abilities to communicate using pictures. People using PECS are taught to approach another person and give them a picture of a desired item in exchange for the item. By doing so, the person is able to initiate communication. A child with autism can use PECS to communicate a request, a thought, or anything that can be reasonably be displayed or symbolised on a picture card. It is important as an Educator or Teacher to understand the picture exchange system to allow for every child, with every ability, the right to communicate with their teacher and classmates.

Download our Special Educational Needs -Communication Guide for further resources and print-outs on the Picture Exchange Communication System.