+ Autism Training in Columbus OH April 16+17 2009

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From an email brochure:

A PECS Basic Training will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn  Columbus / Polaris,  8535 Lyra Drive, Columbus OH 43240.  For more information about PECS, visit   http://www.pecs.com .

PECS is the Picture Exchange Communication System.

The course offers 1.3 ASHA CEUs or 7.0 BACB CEUs.

What follows is from the brochure:

The workshop is appropriate for any parent or professional working with learners with autism, related developmental disabilities and/or limited communication skills.

All participants will leave with practical knowledge that can immediately be implemented into any setting.

The cost: $395 for professionals and $295 for parents.  Group discounts are also available.  Contact chorton@pecs.com, or phone 302-355-5979.

About the training (from the brochure):

This two-day training begins with an overview of the Pyramid Approach to Education.  It includes factors related to establishing learning  / communicative environment. 

Specific topics include functional activities, powerful reinforcers, functional communication, identification and replacement of Contextually Inappropriate Behaviors, generalization, lesson formats, teaching strategies, error correction and data collection/analysis.

The training will describe the six phases of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) protocol.  PECS begins by teaching an individual to request desired items, by exchanging a picture with a communication partner.

It then teaches discrimination of pictures and sentence structure.  In the more advanced phases, individuals are taught to use attributes, answer questions and comment.

PECS is an evidence-based strategy,they tell us,with supportive research from countries around the world. 

source: this material is provided by Pyramid Educational Consultants, home of PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and the Pyramid Approach to Education. 

I don’t know enough to recommend this, so do your own confirmation.

tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021   or email  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com  

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