New course: PECS and Social Stories

Trainer: Lorraine Carter

The Picture Exchange Communication System is designed to teach communication skills to people who have limited functional speech. It provides a structured approach to teaching individuals how to communicate their needs and wants. Learners will learn how to implement the 6 stages of PECS through demonstration and experiential exercises. They will also learn how Social Stories can support people with communication and social ‘disorders’ to navigate their way through every day activities with less anxiety and confusion. Learners will leave with a clear plan about how to implement both communication tools with the people they support.

This one day course is designed for support staff working at all levels.
It provides some knowledge for:
Care Certificate: Standards 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 7.5, 7.6
Diploma in Health and Social Care: Level 2 & 3: HSC 3029, HSC 31, HSC 3013, HSC 3058

The learning outcomes:

By the end of this course learners should understand:

  • Social cognition and common shared perspectives
  • How Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other social and communication disorders affect understanding of social situations
  • Theory of Mind
  • The use of questioning to elicit information from others
  • The origins and development of PECS and Social Stories
  • How to write Social Stories in response to individual needs
  • Using Social Stories to understand how others might behave or respond
  • Using Social Stories to cope with changes to routine and reduce anxiety
  • The differences between descriptive and directive Social Stories
  • How to helpfully use illustrations or photographs
  • The structured and systematic nature of PECS
  • The interactive nature of PECS and how it encourages the individual to initiate communication
  • The 6 phases of PECS
  • Benefits of PECS and how it increases the possibility of increased social approach and acquisition of speech
  • How to put PECS into practice with people using services

Training methods utilised include theoretical presentation with experiential methods. Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Chalk & talk, Small and larger Group work, Pairs work, Handouts, Feedback, Ideas shower.