PECs – Picture Exchange Communication System (Phase One)

PECs cards

My son is almost four years old and I would class him as non-verbal. Unfortunately we have seen a number of regressions in relation to speech, we have periods where he has used a few single words but generally there is no speech.  At 2.5 he was diagnosed with autism but it was aged 2 that we started to engage with speech and language as it was clear he was delayed.

Our speech and language therapist was great (we were lucky), she explained that our son needed an alternative method of communication as it may be some time before his speech develops (assuming he will eventually speak).  The two most commonly used methods for children with autism are PECs and Makaton: Continue reading “PECs – Picture Exchange Communication System (Phase One)”