Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 Training: Basic **2 Day Course**

September 12, 2014 8:00am - 4:00pm

THIS IS A 2 DAY COURSE. Class is Friday, September 12th, 2014 AND Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 8:00AM-4:00PM each day.

This course is  approved for 13 CEUs from TOTA and TSHA.

*While CEUs will only be available for OT/COTA/SLP/SLPA, other professionals and parents are also welcome to attend.

Please contact kate.rosas@t2000.com with any questions.

*Please note: payment is not accepted at the door, advance payment required


Anne K. Overcash, M.Ed. and Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP

Course Location:

Therapy 2000
2535 Lone Star Dr.
Dallas, TX

Course Description:

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.

About Our Presenters:

Anne K. Overcash, M.Ed. has an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Education. She began working with children with autism in 1991 and started her working relationship with Andrew S. Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP in the summer of 1992 at the Delaware Autistic Program. Anne has extensive expertise in PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education and is a Senior PECS Trainer and Supervisor.  As an international consultant and presenter she continues to interact with families and professional worldwide. She has been involved in the Supervised PECS Summer Camp, the PECS Implementer Certification process, and the mentoring of national and international Pyramid Consultants. While at the Delaware Autistic Program she was a parent training coordinator for preschool students. This experience provided her with a better understanding of the family dynamic when it involves a child with autism. She worked closely with a group of Psychologists on development of and implementation of a parent-training curriculum. In addition she collaborated on the development of several research projects. As a consultant for Pyramid, she has developed specific talks for schools and in-home programs on data collection, lesson planning, reinforcement strategies across the day and behavior. Anne has contributed to the development of many of the Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. workshops and services and plays an enormous role in the revisions process. More recently she has worked on the development of a program that will allow people to gain Hands-On PECS Experiences (Project HOPE) under the direct supervision of a Pyramid consultant. Her diverse experiences combined with on-going service delivery to people with autism and related disabilities enable Anne to present dynamic workshops from a realistic perspective.

Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP is a speech language pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine (Orono) with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She went on to earn a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire (Durham). While at UNH, Catherine participated in a grant (Project TEAM), which focused on specialized training in working with individuals with autism using a transdisciplinary team model. Prior to her employment with Pyramid Educational Consultants, Catherine worked as a speech language pathologist for The Spurwink School and worked with children with a variety of developmental, emotional and behavioral disabilities. Catherine has earned both her Implementer and Supervisory PECS Certifications. She has experience implementing PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education in a variety of settings including residential, day treatment and hospital settings.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will identify:

1. The key Pyramid components to designing effective educational environments

2. Strategies to create an abundance of opportunities for communication

3. The relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches

4. How to implement all six phases of PECS with target individuals using a behavior analytic orientation


The fee for this course is $299.

Class is 8:00 am – 4:00pm each day. Breakfast and lunch are provided on day one. Breakfast and snacks are provided on day two. Lunch is not provided on day two.

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