On March 24 and 25, thirty-four teachers from MK schools received training on the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) by Pyramid Canada. PECS is an augmentative/alternative communication intervention package for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities. It teaches an individual to give a picture of an item to a “communicative partner” who honours the exchange. It teaches the discrimination of pictures and how to put them together in a sentence.
MK Student Services Consultant Janean Marshall says through this session, teachers have learned how to refine their practices.
“Teachers are interested in learning how they can use pictures within their lessons to increase attention spans, and develop both English and Mi’kmaw language skills.”
The PECS training, she says, allows educators to teach using prompting and reinforcement strategies that lead to independent communication.
For more information on this training, visit http://www.pecs-canada.com/