Teddie has had another review with his speech and language therapist who has said he can move onto phase 3 of pecs, although in my opinion he’s more liking to be working at phase 4 level now.
There are six phases of PECS:
- Phase One- The Physical Exchange: Upon seeing a “highly preferred” item, the student will pick up a picture of the item, reach toward the trainer, and release the picture into the trainer’s hand.
- Phase Two- Expanding Spontaneity: The student goes to his/her communication board, pulls the picture off, goes to the adult, and releases the picture into the adult’s hand.
- Phase Three- Picture Discrimination: The student will request desired items by going to a communication board, selecting the appropriate picture from an array, going to a communication partner and giving the picture.
- Phase Four- Sentence Structure: The student requests present and non present items using a multi word phrase by going to the book, picking up a picture of “I want,” putting it on a sentence strip, picking out the picture of what is wanted, putting it on the sentence strip, removing the strip from the communication board, approaching the communicative partner, and giving the sentence strip to him/her.
- Phase Five- Responding to “What do you want?” The student can spontaneously request a variety of items and can answer the question, “What do you want?”
- Phase Six- Responsive and Spontaneous Commenting: The student appropriately answers “What do you want?” “What do you see?” “What do you have?” and similar questions.
We have everything he needs in regards to pecs images but it was felt it needed to be more consistent with what he has at home and preschool. Again I think everything we are currently doing is working but I take everything on board and was told we needed a more mobile pecs board, so I ordered another board and added a “I want” and “please” to the front.
Pecs is not instead of talking but it is hard to use the correct way when Teddie says certain words rather then get a image of it.
During snack time at preschool the offered snack it laid out with a card showing how many of each snack the children can take. From now on instead of Teddie just taking what is on the card he has to get his PECS card and use them to basically ask for what he wants.
I can see why it’s important for him to do this but when the snack is help yourself, using Pecs may become difficult if there’s know one there to oversee it.
We had a break through this week, I managed to send Teddie to preschool without a thick jumper one, it’s been really warm outside and incredibly warm inside school but Teddie was still insisting on wearing his school jumper!! I set up a reinforcer which came in the form of a ice pop, I would have given him the whole box if needed, luckily It worked after one and for the last 3 days he has gone in without it, but know one is even allowed to whisper the word “jumper”!