Training education professionals to use the PECS: A review of the literature (McCoy & McNaughton, 2018)

McCoy, A. & McNaughton, D. (2018). Training education professionals to use the Picture Exchange Communication System: A review of the literature. Behavior Analysis in Practice, early online. doi:10.1007/s40617-018-00296-4

Abstract: The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a popular augmentative and alternative communication strategy. Like many communication interventions, the successful use of PECS is dependent on the skills of the communication partner. This article provides a systematic review of the published research on teaching education professionals (EPs) to use PECS. Training of EPs was usually conducted during individual or small group sessions and included a description of the PECS strategy, practice on implementation of PECS, and feedback on performance. Instructional activities typically resulted in an immediate increase in the quality and/or quantity of PECS opportunities provided by the EP; however, mixed findings are reported for maintenance and generalization. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

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