ChildServe is excited to host a two-part training series regarding the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

The series, lead by Jill M. Waegenaere, M.A., CCC-SLP, will cover a Level One PECS Training and Level Two — (Transitioning from PECS to Speech Generating Devices (SGDs). Please carefully review the flyers below  and registration page to consider your course options. 

Intended Audience:
Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, BCBAs and Registered Behavior Technicians, Childcare & Medical Childcare providers, teachers, and other direct support supervisors or professionals that use PECS in their daily job.


  • Level One: Friday -Saturday, January 27 – 28, 2023
  • Level Two: Sunday, January 29, 2023 


From 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration –  7:30 – 8 a.m)

The Training Center at ChildServe in Johnston: 5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa 50131. Enter our building through Entrance A.

About the Level One Course:

Picture Exchange Communication System

This intensive 13-hour interactive workshop is designed to teach educational and caregiver teams the theory and protocol for the Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS®). PECS® is an evidence-based practice based on Applied Behavior Analysis, typical language development and B.F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior.

About the Level Two Course:

Transitioning from PECS to Speech Generating Devices

You must complete Level One to attend Level Two. This 6-hour interactive workshop is appropriate for teams/professionals supporting children or young adults who may be ready to transition from PECS to Speech Generating Devices or who are not currently using their devices effectively.

Level One | Learning Objectives

1. Identify children/young adults who will benefit from PECS

2. Describe the nine key components of creative effective learning environments using the Pyramid Approach to Education

3. Explain the differences between prerequisites, long-term outcomes for PECS and other modalities such as speech, sign language, picture pointing or speech generating devices

4. Identify strategies to create communication opportunities during routines and functional daily activities

5. Implement six phases of the PECS protocol

6. Name strategies for successfully saying, “No!”

7. Discuss the evidence for PECS and speech development

8. Examine the criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities

Level Two | Learning Objectives

Recall the PECS protocol

2. Identify the challenges faced by children/young adults with complex communication needs

3. Understand the procedures for analyzing current PECS skills

4. Identify whether or not child/young adult is ready to transition from PECS to SGDs

5. List the five criteria for appropriate device selection

6. Ability to prepare the child/young adult for the transition

7. Use elements of the PECS protocol to teach functional SGD use

8. Problem-solve SGD use


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