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PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) is a communication tool in which pictures/symbols  are exchanged for desired objects or experiences in order to motivate students to communicate.

Adults work with students to develop skills, using the student’s own PECS book (a folder with detachable Velcro symbols), to initiate requests, recognise an increasing vocabulary of symbols and, over time, respond to questions.

PECS is used with young people with Autism Spectrum Conditions and other communication difficulties in order to teach intentional, functional communication and to allow users to communicate their wants and needs.

Students using PECS will have access to other communication methods in addition to PECS but will be supported to use this tool to communicate in different contexts and with a range of people

PECS becomes the user’s voice, and pupils should have access to the system at all times. 

PECS can be used at home, school, and during community activities.

PECS books are made portable so that they can be used frequently in a range of settings.

Our ambition for PECS-users is that they leave us equipped with a robust and effective communication tool that enriches their life and enhances their social interactions.