Creators of PECS Release PECS Phase III App for iPad®

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Need help teaching picture discrimination in Phase III of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)? The PECS Phase III app designed exclusively for use on iPad® now available!

The PECS Phase III app is an invaluable tool for teaching picture discrimination.

Pyramid Educational Consultants, the company that is home to the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS™) and the Pyramid Approach to Education™, have released their first app designed exclusively for use on iPad®. The developers of PECS, Dr. Andy Bondy and Lori Frost, have integrated many teaching strategies for Phase III of PECS into this new app. The PECS Phase III app, named for its use in conjunction with Phase III of PECS, is an invaluable tool for teaching picture discrimination. The PECS protocol teaches the functional use of pictures for expressive communication and is internationally recognized as an evidence-based and effective augmentative and alternative communication system. While this app is not intended to serve as a stand-alone communication system, it does provide a novel approach to providing new opportunities for learners to practice picture discrimination.

Designed to look just like a PECS communication book, PECS Phase III, permits a teacher to practice picture discrimination with one or several learners within a single lesson. Touching the correct icon results in immediate visual and auditory feedback in a manner far quicker than a teacher could react and results in access to a desired item or activity. If the learner touches an incorrect icon, there is no significant feedback. To teach simple discrimination, the learner selects from an array involving the target picture versus a distracter picture. For conditional discrimination strategies, a Correspondence Check™ verifies that the learner is indeed requesting the correct icon. Both options allow one to move the pictures around on the page between trials and the number of pictures per trial can be varied from two (2) to as many as twelve (12).

Established in 1992 by Andy Bondy, PhD and Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP, Pyramid Educational Consultants is the home of PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education. Pyramid Educational Consultants strives to enhance communication rights and skills for those with autism and other related communication challenges. With 12 offices worldwide, it serves as a hub for parents, teachers, and a variety of caretakers to access information, training and support about PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education. Pyramid's products, workshops, and consulting services have proven invaluable in educating and caring for individuals with developmental disabilities and/or medical issues that interfere with the normal course of communication development.

PECS Phase III is now available for iPad® devices. To purchase the new PECS Phase III app, go to the Apple iTunes App Store® and search for “Phase III.” Submit feedback about PECS Phase III by sending an email to apps(at)pecs(dot)com. For more details about Pyramid Educational Consultants and the PECS Phase III app, visit

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