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Teaching communication skills to your learner may seem to be an overwhelming task. Pyramid consultants can make the process much easier. Our consultants are available to meet with you, your learner and/or the educational team within the home setting. Consultation generally focuses on establishing an effective communicative environment and teaching your learner the necessary skills to become a functional communicator. The learner’s PECS level will be assessed and probes for continued training will be conducted during each consult visit. Consultation services are appropriate for learners of any skill level. Home-based services are also appropriate for adolescents and adults living in home-based or residential settings.

PECS Start-Up™:

The PECS Start-Up is appropriate for learners with no prior training in PECS. Our consultants will begin with a brief overview of the PECS protocol, which includes relevant information for establishing effective communicative environments. Family and/or professionals will have a chance to practice each of the early phases of PECS implementation within a structured training session. A reinforcer assessment will be conducted, as the first lesson will be to teach the learner to request a preferred/reinforcing item. Next, Phase I trials will be conducted with the learner, with family/professionals participating in active training. Additional phases will be implemented as appropriate. The Nine Critical Communication Skills will also be assessed. Detailed recommendations will be discussed with all team members prior to the end of the session. A comprehensive report will be delivered within two weeks of the consultation.

PECS Check-Up™:

Is your learner experiencing difficulty progressing through the phases of the protocol? Would you like assistance in problem solving trouble areas? The PECS Check-Up may be the perfect solution. It is appropriate for learners with some background training in PECS. A Pyramid consultant will observe parents/staff implement PECS with the learner and will fine-tune current implementation practices. The consultant will discuss and demonstrate the next phase(s) of PECS. Additionally, the Nine Critical Communication Skills will be assessed and discussed. Activities are tailored to the learner’s particular needs but could include lecture, videos, role-playing and question and answer. A detailed report will follow within two weeks with recommendations for the next steps in the learner’s PECS training.

Home Consultation:

Would you like ongoing assistance in teaching communication skills to your learner? Or would you like assistance in creating and/or fine-tuning an effective educational environment within the home setting? Ongoing PECS and/or Pyramid consultation will be extremely beneficial. Arrangements can be made for re-occurring visits based upon the learner’s needs. A variety of options are available ranging from weekly to monthly to yearly visits. Our exceptional staff will work with you to find the perfect option for you and your learner.

PECS Intensive Summer Program:

The PECS Intensive Summer Program focuses on the implementation of PECS for learners ages 2-6 years. The program is appropriate for learners that have never used PECS, as well as those learners who are currently struggling with progression through the phases. The program generally runs for a period of 2 weeks, with learners attending the program for six hours each day for a total of 10 days. Your learner will work on communication skills across settings, with different communication partners to make a variety of comments and requests. It is not uncommon for the learner to engage in over 200 communicative exchanges per day at the program. Parents are encouraged to attend the PECS Basic Training and parent conferences.

Distance Consultation:

Do you live in a rural area? Or are you located far from any of our local consultants? No problem! Distance Consultation is available for families who are interested in receiving consultation on PECS and the Pyramid Approach via live remote service, video, web and telephone. For more information regarding Distance Consultation, please contact Pyramid.

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