What to do when the language barrier becomes insurmountable? Experts advise - it is best to introduce a new way of communication. An alternative to classic speech can be a well-structured pictorial writing that both children and adults will understand. To make it easier for you to communicate, we provide ready-to-download and tested by our specialists sign boards. These are the so-called PCSs.
What is it?
PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) is an alternative communication system for developing communication skills. It is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. It can be used by people of all ages and nationalities. The system makes it easier for children who, for a variety of reasons, can't or don't express themselves, to communicate what is going on at the moment, what they feel, what their needs are. At the same time, it develops active and passive speech.
Why is it worth it?
The system is so simple and intuitive that it can be used by children, teenagers, adults and the elderly without any obstacles. The system consists of dozens of specially formulated signs. Each of them contains two basic elements. The first is a pictogram, or graphic icon, such as a drawing of a sandwich. The second is two words of different languages. In this case, they will be, respectively: in Polish "sandwich", in Ukrainian "сендвіч".
A word from the expert
Children on the autism spectrum, especially those who have lost their sense of security these days (change of residence, other languages around) have a need to speak out - their opinion, their emotions, that they are happy, afraid or angry.
With the symbols PCS has prepared, I hope they can communicate their feelings and needs. The symbols can also be used when preparing a daily schedule, which will enable children to function better and also increase their sense of security.
Text prepared in collaboration with Agnieszka Kabzinskaya,
neurologist, alternative communication therapist,