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*Pending VCF Approval

**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901404

2 Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Picture Exchange Communication System – Level 1 (Basic)

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is an initial language-training package that is used to teach communication skills rapidly to those with limited functional speech. PECS is a unique training program that does not require lengthy prerequisite training, and promotes communication in a social context that the user initiates. Rather than building to spontaneity, as promoted by many other systems, PECS begins with spontaneous actions. The sequence of PECS phases incorporates an individual’s lack of sensitivity to socially-based reinforcers. 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 pre-school children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech after using PECS for a year or more.

Dates:27 and 28 May 2024 (Mon and Tue)
Time:8:30am - 5:00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Sophie Kerr

Sophie Kerr, BAppSci. (Disability Studies) (Honours) BEd, has worked in the field of disability in various capacities for the past 10 years with both children and adults whose disabilities rang from cerebral palsy to traumatic brain injury.Sophie's major focus over this time has been working with children on the autism spectrum aged between 2 and 14 years within Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programs both in Australia and the UK. She has worked on an eclectic range of programs which have incorporated various interventions including picture communication, social skills development, speech and language development, motor skill development and sensory integration. Sophie joined Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia in 2008. She has implemented PECS in her clinical work with numerous individuals with autism and related disabilities.

Course Outline
  1. Overview of Pyramid Approach to Education
    1. Functional activities
    2. Reinforcement systems
    3. Functional communication
    4. Behaviour management
    5. Prompting strategies and error correction
    6. Understands that neuroplasticity is a life-long process
  2. Traditional Approaches to Communication Training
    1. Speech initiation
    2. Sign language
    3. Picture-point
  3. Picture Exchange Communication Systems
    1. PECS and its relation to typical language development
    2. PECS and applied behavior analysis
    3. Specific/Rationale for each phase
    4. Discrimination training techniques
  4. Additional Functional Communication Skills
    1. Picture direction following
    2. Wait, help, Yes/No, break
  5. PECS and Its Relationship to the Pyramid Approach to Education
    1. Schedule following
    2. Reinforcement systems
    3. Behaviour management
Course Objectives
  1. Identify key Pyramid components to design effective educational environments
  2. Discuss an historical and theoretical overview of language training programs used with non-verbal individuals
  3. Describe in detail the Picture Exchange Communication System and its relationship to “traditional” training programs
  4. Apply the procedures and instructional techniques related to a behaviour analytic orientation involved in implementing PECS
Who Can Benefit?

Speech pathologists, psychologists, parents/carers, occupational therapists, support staff, behavior analysts, program administrators, supervisors who have experience in implementing PECS and are familiar with training protocol, teachers in special education or mainstream setting working with children, adolescents and adults with limited communication skills (including autism)

Course Fees & Closing Dates

*Pending VCF Approval

**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901404

  1. UTAP funding is only applicable to NTUC union members who will enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 or $500 (aged 40 years old and above; this will apply from 9 January 2024 to 31 March 2025) each year when they sign up for courses supported under UTAP. This excludes SkillsFuture Credit utilisation and other government subsidies.
  2. Union Members Eligibility for UTAP Application (https://www.ntuc.org.sg/skillsupgrade)
    1. Union member must commence the course within UTAP approved period.
    2. Union member must achieve minimum attendance (75%) for the course based on existing Government regulations and sit for all prescribed examination(s) if any.
    3. Union member must submit claims via UTAP system within 6 months after course completion.
    4. Union member must not claim full funding through company sponsorship or other types of funding.
    5. Union member must have paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout the entire course duration and at the point of claim.
  3. Should trainees have queries on the UTAP funding scheme, they can email to UTAP@e2i.com.sg or use the Live Chat function to enquire on membership matters
Registration Type Closing Date Fees w/o PCG (S$) / pax
27 Mar 2024 800
Normal Till Full 850