Autism is a disability that impacts communication, socialization and behavior. Symbols and symbolic languages can be used as an alternative method of communication.
PCS are picture communication symbols
PECS is a formalized program for using symbol supports for communication.
Picture communication symbols (PCS) are designed to convey a particular meaning, not just an object. Messages can be presented and generated through different types of media such as individual cards, paper charts and communication boards, computer display programs and voice output devices. Using these tools can allow an individual to express themselves with more complex types of communication and can allow them to interact easily.
This is a large collection of downloadable visual supports that can be printed and used for receptive and expressive communication in any environment. It has a searchable database of picture communication supports for all different areas of life; school, home and community. The two photos above are pictures of materials I downloaded from this site. The mood thermometer can be used to help a child to express how they are feeling. This may help teach them to express their moods in a more socially appropriate way, to teach self regulatory behavior or to help them understand the moods of others.
The other picture shows a folder game that I printed to teach a child to categorize common items such as food and clothing. Many good ideas and examples on this site!
This is the “official” Boardmaker share site. Access to Boardmaker software needed to print many of these. Hundreds of topics are available.
To try Boardmaker free for 30 days, it can be downloaded from: http://www.mayer-johnson.com/downloads/trials/
Many free downloadable resources that can be used to build language and skills. Sample drills and information on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program are also on this sight.
QuickPics is a FREE software program to develop communication and language boards for your child at home. This allows you to make communication boards and activities that meet the specific needs of your child. The program has colorful and engaging graphics included. Other Pictures may also be imported making it easy to customize for your child.
Visual Aids for Learning
This site provides many free printable visual resources. The files are all in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) File format and can be printed from MAC or Windows computers.
There are complete files sets for school, toileting, home and adolescents