In the early stages, the student learns to initiate communication by giving a single picture to an adult in exchange for something they really want, such as an item of food or a toy. Over time the student chooses from an increasing number of pictures or symbols to receive different items, and stores the pictures in a communication book. The student progresses from using single pictures to joining them together and so learns to construct sentences to communicate with others.
It has been reported that both pre-school and older students have begun to develop speech when using PECS. The system has been successful with adolescents and adults who have a wide array of communicative, cognitive and physical difficulties.
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