Using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), learners with little or no form of communication will be taught to communicate using a picture card. The learner will be taught to attend to a communication partner and give them the picture of a desired item or activity. The focus of these sessions will be on Phase I: The Exchange with a blank card (and then potential a picture card) where the learner will learn to pick up, reach and give it to the communication partner to gain access to a desired item or activity.

Benefits:
A picture exchange system is a researched based method designed to introduce a leaner to early functional communication skills. PECS teaches learners how to engage in an effective communication exchange and how to efficiently request preferred items or activities. The communication partner is always modeling appropriate language for each request, therefore the learner is constantly exposed to the vocal language corresponding to what they want or need.

Duration: 1.5 hours per week for 8 weeks

Start as early as July 13, 2020.

To be scheduled with Therapist based on Caregiver availability. Sessions to be scheduled between July and September.

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* 1. Child & Community Resources is offering a wide range of services to support children, youth and families. 

It is not clinically recommended to be engaged in more than one consultative-type service at a time.  Being actively involved in another consultative-type service may impact clinical integrity and negatively affect outcomes for your child or youth.

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* 2. Eligibility Requirements:
 
Parents with a child aged 4 or younger with a confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, who do not have a clear form of communication.

Must have a reliable Internet connection and a device with webcam and audio capabilities. An adult facilitator must be present to help guide the intervention.

By checking the box below, you are confirming that you have reviewed eligibility requirements for this session.

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* 3. Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

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* 4. Child & Community Resources has a limited amount of tablets, which we can loan to families who require them.

Do you require a tablet? 

Your information will be sent to Child & Community Resources' Administrative Support Team, as well as to the session facilitator.  We will contact you prior to the event to answer any questions you may have, and to discuss technical requirements for attending the virtual session.

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