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How to Make a PECS Book for Communication

I was first introduced to the Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) system as a special education teacher working with autistic children who were functionally non-verbal. When one of my children had a language delay, I used the same system to teach him to communicate. He was later diagnosed with autism. Another one of my children is […]

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4 Steps to Prepare an Autistic Child for a Blood Draw

Periodically throughout a child’s life, their doctor may order blood work to get more information about their health. This medical procedure may be scary for any child. The following steps and materials can be used to help an autistic child, or any child who may experience anxiety with the unknown, prepare for the medical procedure […]

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Visual Schedules for Autistic Individuals

Visual schedules are lists of activities in sequence. Schedules can be printed, consist of pictorial representations of activities, or even make use of objects (Quill, 2002). Schedules can help a child know what to expect within a specific time period. Children with autism, seem to greatly benefit from a visual representation of what is going […]

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