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PECS Level 1 Workshop

What could be more valuable than giving your student/child the ability to communicate? PECS is a tried-and-tested approach that uses pictures to develop communication skills in children and adults with a wide range of learning difficulties. Easy to access, affordable to implement and scientifically supported as one of the most effective interventions, PECS is an opportunity to open the door to spontaneous communication.

This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech.  PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training.  Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting.  An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech.  Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities.  Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills. 

This workshop is the basic accredited training in PECS and recommended for parents as well as professionals.

Benefits of PECS training:


  • increases skills and independence with a functional communication system
  • reduces inappropriate behaviours by reinforcing requests and positive communication
  • teach your student/child to initiate communication and develop social communication skills
  • see how it works with live demonstrations, video examples and opportunity for practice
  • parents: become a leader in your child’s education
  • professionals: gain valuable skills and learn how to implement PECS effectively in your environment
  • learn the ‘whys’ behind the practice to enable problem-solving
  • gain inspiration – learn practical tips and have questions answered from our specialist consultants

   What you will learn:

  • everything you need to know to begin successfully implementing PECS
  • the theoretical background, including how to develop effective educational environments
  • a review of visual strategies useful for communication
  • the six phases of PECS, where to start and when to move on
  • strategies for motivating your child/student to communicate
  • how to move from a single picture exchange to sentences
  • how to teach picture discrimination with two or more pictures
  • the criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities
  • The key Pyramid components to designing effective educational environments
  • Strategies to create an abundance of opportunities for communication
  • The relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches

Training is essential: Learning first-hand will teach you how to move through this structured approach and avoid misunderstandings which can prevent progress. This workshop is also a basic requirement for further training in PECS, such as the certification process and advanced PECS training.
Pyramid Educational Consultants UK, the only official training provider of PECS in the UK, has trained over 50,000 people. We offer training, customised consultancy and resources to support PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education.  

Agenda: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM both days

Registration Time: 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Tuition includes: The Second Edition PECS Training Manual with Data Forms CD (a £49.800 value) - Detailed Handouts with space for note taking - Certificate of Attendance - lunch and refreshments both days

Who to contact

Contact Name
Pyramid Educational Consultants UK Ltd
01273 609555

Where to go

Various other locations throughout the UK
Unit 4 Westergate Business Centre
Westergate Street

Time / Date Details

When is it on
various dates 9.00am - 4.30pm

Other Details


Additional Charges
£330 for professionals / £185 for parents


Referral required

Local Offer

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Who is your service for?
Local Offer Age Bands
4-11 (Primary School)
11-16 (Secondary School)
16-18 (Transitions into Adulthood)
18-25 (Young Adults)
0-4 (Birth to Pre-School)
Have any members of you/your team had experience of working with children and young people with the following disabilities/additional needs?
a) young people with autistic spectrum disorders
b) young people who use alternative communication methods


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