Creating Your Own PECS Images

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  • November 2, 2011
  • by Christine
  • PECS, Picture Exchange Communication System,
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As a lot of autistic children have difficulty expressing their needs, thoughts and feelings, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) provides them a simple way to communicate with others. It is a well-established system which helps your autistic child to communicate with others. The popularity of this system is largely due to the relative ease by which it is implemented. It is very easy to learn the system and this is true not only for the parent but also for the autistic child as well.

PECS uses images which represents objects as well as concepts. There are official PECS images which you can purchase and you can also choose to create your own images.

To create your own PECS images, the first thing you need to do is to collect some pictures and images of common items that your child will need in communicating with others. You can get these images from magazines, newspapers or even from the internet.

Cut these pictures out and make sure that you provide a border around the image to make it easier for your child to handle them. Place these pictures on a self-laminating sheet and and seal the laminate. Make sure that you provide enough room between the pictures so you will have enough space to cut between the pictures. When sealing the pictures, always remember to work slowly as want to avoid having some air bubbles trapped in your pictures.

Once you have sealed and cut the images, you need to stick a hook and loop fastener at the back of the laminated image. Always opt to stick the hook fastener to the back of your image instead of the loop fastener so that it is able to stick not only on your PECS board but to other surfaces as well.

Before sticking the loop fastener to your PECS board, always measure the images first and make sure that your rows of loop fastener are not too close to each other. You do not want the images to overlap as this will make it difficult for your child to move the pictures on the board. You want to have sufficient spacing in between your photos.

When everything is all done, you need to find a location where you can hang the board with the pictures. Choose a place that is convenient for your child to access. This way, he will be encouraged to use it.

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