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PECS Australia Trading hours over holiday season 2016/2017

19/12/2016

Dear valued Pyramid Global supporter, The team at Pyramid Global Australia would like to wish you and your family and safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for your support in 2016. We look forward to seeing you again in the new year. In 2017 we will be launching our new company logo, website and online certification program. Stay tuned to our mailing list and social media for updates. FB@PECS-PyramidAustralia; Twitter @pecsau Please note that our business office will be closed from Wednesday the 21st December 2016 through until Tuesday the 3rd of January 2017. Our online store and training registrations systems will be uninterrupted throughout the festive season. Please feel free to place orders and book in your trainings via our website http://www.pecsaustralia.com/ Unsure if a product is right for your purposes? See product demonstrations on our PECS Global Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT1hC4yykuk For clinical support please contact your consultant Sophie on skerr@pecs.com; Komala on kkyme@pecs.com; Rachel on rjellett@pecs.com; And consider joining our PECS User Support on FB, this is a great forum for asking questions regarding all things Pyramid and PECS. For all other enquiries contact Vicki 03 9097 1655 or vgrandison@pecs.com We will respond to all enquiries as soon as possible from the 4th January 2016. With warm wishes, Sophie, Vicki, Komala, Rachel and Jan Pyramid Global Australia

 

Autism Awareness Month Specials

31/03/2016

We are also offering Autism Awareness Specials! Our PECS IV+, PECS Phase III, iHear PECS: Animals, Wait4it & Working4 apps will be offered at reduced prices throughout the month of April! Go to the Apple App Store to purchase. For more information about our apps go to www.pecs.com/apps

PECS® IV+ Current Price $159.99 Special Price $124.99

PECS® Phase III Current Price $12.99 Special Price $5.99

iHear PECS®: Animals™ Current Price $2.99 Special Price $1.49

Wait4it™ Current Price $2.99 Special Price $1.49

Working4™ Current Price $2.99 Special Price $1.49
 

 

Changed office hours 03/11/2014 - 07/11/2014

02/11/2014

A reminder to all of our interstate and international clients, Tuesday the 4th of November 2014 is a public holiday in Victoria.  Our office will be closed. 

In addition, due to unforeseen circumstances, our office will have limited opening times for the rest of the week of the 3rd-7th of November 2014.  Please note that while every attempt will be made to ship product orders as quickly as possible during this time, there may be some delays.  Please contact Sophie Kerr on skerr@pecs.com or 0409338033 with any queries.  

 

Competition winners SEPLA 2014

09/06/2014

Congratulations to Clay Starr who won the 'A Picture's Worth' competition with his sentence created on the fly with blank cards and sharpie. To see photographs of all of the entries Like us on FaceBook PECS - Pyramid Australia. Charmaine Mirigliani was one of 23 people who requested for her SEPLA passport stamp using PECS. She has won a free place to either a PECS Level 1 OR Level 2 training. Look out for our competitions at our trade stall at the Aspect, AASE, VAC :)

 

New Interview with Dr. Andy Bondy and Lori Frost

11/06/2013

Join the developers of PECS© and the founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Andy Bondy, PhD, and Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP, as they discuss PECS©, the Pyramid Approach to Education©, products and the establishment and expansion of Pyramid Educational Consultants. Go to www.pecsaustralia.com/videos.php or our official YouTube channel, PECSGlobal, at www.youtube.com/user/PECSGlobal to view this new four part interview.  

 

PECS Level 2 (Advanced) Training Testimonial

01/04/2013

If you have been considering completing the PECS Level 2 (Advanced) Training but are unsure what it will add to your current knowledge, this testimonial from a recent participant may help. 

"I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated the training this week, I really learned how to better my PECS understanding!  I got back to work yesterday and had a new plan for my trouble kiddo, he truly just needed the next level.  He was ready, and I wasn't, since I didn't know what "to do next." 

What a day yesterday!  He was amazing!  I definitely had to back step for some error correction with him, since he seems to struggle with wanting something, and then asking for the wrong thing.  So glad we practiced, now I feel like a pro!  Even with just 10 minutes of working with him!  He's in phase IV, doing really well even within the little time I spent with him.  He struggled with pointing to the symbols and showed some behavior, but seriously after the first time of me guiding him thru what was expected, he was a pro too!!! 

Oh man, he used his PECS book to his advantage for sure too!!!  He had a full belly, since that is all I could get him to request.  He has no interest in anything other than food. He loves my dehydrated food & granola. 

This kiddo even beats the prompt "What do ....." and then he is already putting on his labels.  He is amazing.  You'd really enjoy working with him! It made me remember why I went into SPED!  I love those Autistic kiddos!  Amazing!  Can't wait to move on and grow with him!"   

-Coree, Special Education Teacher
 

 

PECS: A Short Tutorial for Healthcare Professionals

20/03/2013

A new publication about PECS intended for healthcare professionals has been published in the Polish journal, Postepy Nauk Medycznych (English translation: Progress of Medical Sciences). In the article titled Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS): "Przewodnik" dla lekarzy (English translation: Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS): A Short "tutorial" for the doctors), the effectiveness and characteristics of PECS along with some common misconceptions about PECS are explored. Click here to view the complete article in English. To view the article in its original Polish or for more information about Postepy Nauk Medycznych go to http://www.czytelniamedyczna.pl/show.php?ktory=4313.

The full citation for this new article is listed below:

Suchowierska, M., Rupinska, M, and Bondy, A. (2013). Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Postepy Nauk Medycznych, t. XXVI, nr 1, 85-90.

 

New Shipping and Handling Policy

07/12/2012

New Shipping and Handling Policy

As of November 19th our shipping and handling policy has changed.  Check out our updated shipping and handling policy at http://www.pecsaustralia.com/shippinganddelivery.php

 

PECS Phase III App-Now Available for iPad!

12/09/2012

 Need help teaching picture discrimination in Phase III of PECS?  Download the PECS Phase III App for your iPad today!

The PECS Phase III App is an invaluable tool for teaching picture discrimination!  The app, designed to look just like a PECS Communication Book permits a teacher to practice picture discrimination with one or several learners within a single session.  Touching the correct icon results in immediate visual and auditory feedback from the device in a manner far quicker than a teacher is able to react.  If  the learner touches an incorrect icon, there is no significant feedback.  A correct picture selection results in access to a desired item or activity!

This fantastic app comes loaded with 100 Pics for PECS images, male and female voices that include on/off options, and a customisable library that may be loaded with an individual's own pictures from their computer or iPad.

To purchae the PECS Phase III App for the low price of $10.49, visit the Apple iTunes App Store and search for "PECS Phase III."  If you are interested in finding out more about other apps created by Pyramid Educational Consultants, click here!

Are you a professional looking to purchase Pyramid's apps for your facility in bulk?  Take advantage of Apple's App Store Volume Purchase Program!  The App Store Volume Purchase Program allows educational institutions to purchase iOS apps in volume and distribute the apps to their users.  For more information visit http://www.apple.com/itunes/education.  

 

Sujit & Megan - Fiji Times Article

17/02/2012

 

Article From Fiji Times Online (February 17th, 2012) - read the full article online here

 

Sujit's Fight

Frederica Elbourne And Iva Danford


FROM the chicken shed to a home full of passion, Sujit Kumar is gaining his own independence and making great progress through communication methods that are reportedly successful in Australia.

This month, he is being trained by an Australian specialist to communicate through images and pictures with a record improvement noted during the first week of the program.

His trainer, Picture Exchange Communication System certified implementer Megan Clarke, said the program would enhance Mr Kumar's communication skills with those he came into contact with. The PECS program aimed at developing communication methods within the disabled persons community has also improved Mr Kumar's manners and life skills, Ms Clarke said yesterday.

"He can't speak because he's been through so much trauma. His mouth doesn't work properly. This (PECS) will lessen his frustration," she said.

Elizabeth Clayton, Mr Kumar's caregiver remains emotional when it comes to his development.

"I love what I do and it's a ministry of one," Ms Clayton said.

Ms Clarke said Mr Kumar was smart but did not flaunt it.

"He is very quick in grabbing anything he wants and throws his plate, but now we have taught him to ask for what he wants through PECS" she said.

With help of the trainers, Ms Clarke has a special data that records Mr Kumar's daily development.

But the program is by no means a walk in the park, she said.

Ms Clarke who arrived through her own volition to train Mr Kumar and his carers has called on the need to raise the profile of caregivers in Fiji.

She said she would return in the months ahead to hold discussions with stakeholders.

"People with disabilities in Australia are revered and respected a lot more than what the local community offers here," Ms Clarke said.

 

 

 

 

Andy Bondy Receives 2012 SABA Award

13/02/2012

 

 

Andy Bondy Receives 2012 SABA Award

On May 26th, Andy Bondy, PhD, co-creator of the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS™) and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, will become the recipient of one of the 2012 SABA Awards at the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Convention in Seattle, Washington. The Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) has been responsible for providing funds to the field of behavior analysis through its awards, grants, and fellowship programs since 1980.
The purpose of the SABA Awards is to recognize distinguished leaders who have developed programs or accomplishments in the field of behavior analysis and promote their achievements. Each year, five different SABA Awards are presented at the annual conventions.
An award for Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis is given to those who contribute significant teachings, research, or practices. A group of behavior analysts, whether they are part of an agency, department, or organization, is the typical recipient of the Enduring Programmatic Contributions to Behavior Analysis based on the importance of the contributions and growth to the field made by the group. The Impact of Science on Application Award has always been attributed to innovations in behavior analysis, of either experimental or theoretical origin, that have shown significant influence on application. Those who have successfully integrated behavioral principles with socially prominent issues are deserving of the Public Service in Behavior Analysis Award. The last two have been combined in 2010 to become one single award known as the Award for Scientific Translation.
Dr. Bondy will be presented the award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis, which is given to an individual who has demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to the international dissemination/development of behavior analysis outside of the United States. This honor is due to his continued dedication to expand and distribute the growth of behavior analysis internationally.
Congratulations to Dr. Andy Bondy for this high achievement. He consistently works to provide research and insight to the field of behavior analysis and his dedication has proved to change the way many people live. It is because of his wit and intellect that people all over the world are communicating in ways they never have before.

 

 

 

 

Pyramid Australia's 10th Birthday - February Goodies

13/02/2012

Pyramid Australia - Celebrating 10 years!

Come and download our free set of birthday themed pictures & start helping us celebrate 10 years in Australia!

Visit our 10th Birthday page by clicking here

 

 

 

 

New PECS Programs Available

06/02/2012

 

 

As part of our 10th Birthday celebrations, Pyramid Australia are offering two new PECS consultation services:

PECS Start-Up & PECS Check-Up Programs

You can find out more about these programs by visiting us at http://www.pecsaustralia.com/startupcheckup.php

If you would like further information, please email us by clicking here, or call us on 03 9314 5374 to discuss how we can help you.

 

 

 

 

Help us celebrate 10 years in Australia!

06/02/2012

 

celebrating 10 years in Australia

Get ready to help celebrate Pyramid Australia's 10th Birthday!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page, Twitter, our website or our RSS Feed
Goodies and events will be posted soon!

 

 

 

 

Cairns Autism Spectrum Forum

31/01/2012

 

 

Pyramid's Clinical Director & Consultant, Sophie Kerr will be attending the Cairns Autism Spectrum Forum as part of the expert panel on Saturday 18th February, 2012.  The forum will be held at James Cook University, Smithfield.

Don't miss the opportunity to see Sophie and other experts in Cairns.

Click here for the Cairns Autism Spectrum Forum flyer.

 

 

 

 

Autism & Communication: EBP & PECS - Linda Oggel, M.A., CCC-SLP

31/01/2012

 

Virginia Commonwealth University website:  Autism & Communication: EBP and PECS article - Linda Oggel, M.A., CCC-SLP

Click here to read the full article

 

 

 

 

Product Shipping Rates

21/12/2011

 

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia P/L
product shipping rates (as at 1st January, 2012).

Shipping to Australia - $AUD10.00 flat rate, and FREE shipping when order over $AUD250

Shipping to New Zealand - $NZD20.00 flat rate, and FREE shipping when order over $NZD300

Shipping to Asia - $AUD20.00 flat rate, and FREE shipping when order over $AUD300

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas with a 15% Online Store Discount

19/12/2011

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

15% DISCOUNT WHEN YOU ORDER ONLINE IN DECEMBER!

 

We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas by offering you a 15% discount 

on all products (including sale items) when you order through our online store 

before 31st December, 2011

 

Just enter your christmas coupon code in the online store checkout to receive 15% discount.

MERRYCMAS11

 

Product orders placed after 20th December will be despatched when the Pyramid Office re-opens on January 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

Pyramid Office Christmas Closures

15/12/2011

 

 

 

Pyramid Australia Christmas Closures

Pyramid Australia will close for Christmas on Friday 23rd December and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January.

Pyramid Australia's Products department will close for Christmas on Wednesday 21st December. Any orders received after 21st December will not be processed until the Pyramid Australia office re-opens on Tuesday 3rd January.

 

 

 

 

Employment Opportunity at Pyramid Australia

11/12/2011

 

 

Employment Opportunity at Pyramid Australia

We’re currently looking for a part time Office Assistant/Conference Coordinator to begin on 16th January, 2012.
You can send your resume or request a job description from Erin Hobbin - ehobbin@pecs.com

 

 

 

 

Kelly & James' PECS Success Story

29/11/2011

 

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants first opened its doors for business in 1992. Known for the Picture Communication Exchange System, or PECS, the company branched out into several countries, covering communication barriers for not only those with autism, but many other forms of developmental disabilities. The following is a success story from a woman in West Ireland on her experience with PECS.

 

I'm a foster parent living in Galway (West Ireland). Last year I took this course (PECS Basic Training) along with teachers at our foster child’s new school – He (James, my foster son) is coming on fantastically with it, words cannot describe the incredible positive difference PECS has brought to his and our lives.

 I could never find the words to explain the difference PECS made to our wee man and our family - he joined our family in April last year coming from an extremely neglected start in life. He was 6yrs, deaf, diagnosed with severe autism. As well as being left with no communication at all, he had also been forced to wear nappies all his entire life and feed only on crisps, custard creams and yogurts so he was just 4% on growth chart and had a disjointed hip (which actually turned out to be James twisting his leg around the other leg so he could hold in from soiling on himself). He was in such a cocoon of pain and frustration he had no eye contact and as mentioned absolutely no way to communicate: we were told that maybe he would never learn communication. I took the PECS course and taught him this last summer, he was unbelievably quick.

 The first time he ran into the house, opened his book, gave me the PEC for 'sausage', took my hand and led me to the stove I cried and cried, I would have made him a bucket of sausages! - I'm still crying now when I think about that moment.  Using PECS had brought such motivation, confidence, sense of self empowerment and calmness to James that his eye contact had gone from approx 10% to now almost 100% at home and maybe 70% at his new school (what a fight it was to get him accepted into a school here!)

James not only gave me purpose but also taught me not to compare present life to the past; he has taught me so much about my own self being and brought so much to our family. In having to find the strength and courage to stand up and fight for what I knew was right for him, I had to find my own voice (another gift James has given me)! 

PECS was the foundation of so many things that has helped us bring James to where he is now. He was once also diagnosed with Attachment Disorder and would hit himself or others if they came near him. Now he stands very strong, funny, playful, aware, connected and loves to be held, touched, snuggled, tickled and loved.

The power of positivity goes a lot further than negativity.

Thank you once more - I'll never stop thanking you!

 Kelly

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants - Brazil

18/11/2011

Pyramid Educational Consultants is proud to announce the upcoming opening of our newest office in Brazil!  Pyramid Educational Consultants-Brazil is set to open in February 2012 and already has multiple PECS Basic Trainings scheduled throughout the country. 

For more information, please visit www.pecs-brazil.com

 

 

Pre-Order your 2012 PECS-Pyramid Calendar Online

04/10/2011

 

2012 PECS-Pyramid Calendar Now Available for Pre-Order Online!

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia held the “Show Us Your PECS” Photograph Competition in August and September, 2011. Photographs from this competition will be showcased in our 2012 calendar which includes important dates, as well as comments and handy hints from our clinical staff.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the "Show Us Your PECS" Photograph Competition, it was a great success!

See more at: http://www.pecsaustralia.com/showusyourPECS.php

 

 

October is AAC Awareness Month

29/09/2011

 

October is AAC Awareness Month.

How would you communicate if you could not talk?
Try using pictures to order your coffee today!

 

Join us in raising awareness by downloading our pictures to take to your local coffee shop.

An AAC is an Augmentative/Alternative Communication System. For individuals who are unable to speak, they provide a way to get the messgae across. Join us in raising awareness of AAC by participating in our Coffee Shop Communication Challenge.

visit www.pecsaustralia.com/aac.php for more information

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney & Adelaide Consultations Available

28/09/2011

 

Consultations Available - Sydney & Adelaide Areas

Pyramid Consultant Sophie Kerr will be available for in-home and educational setting consultations during October in the Sydney and Adelaide areas.


Sydney:  17th & 18th October, 2011
Adelaide: 29th & 30th October, 2011


To make an appointment, please contact the office on 03 93145374 or email Erin at ehobbin@pecs.com

 

 

 

2012 Workshops Listing Now Online

27/09/2011

 

2012 Workshops Listing Now Online!

We have added our 2012 workshops to our website at www.pecsaustralia.com/training.php 

 

You can now register for any of our 2012 workshops online (payment via PayPal only), or by downloading a registration form from our "Forms & Applications" page.

 

 

Better Start Initiative

27/09/2011

FaHCSIA Provider Information - Australian Clients
Better Start Initiative

As of 1 July 2011, children who are aged under 6 years and have been diagnosed with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Fragile X syndrome, or a moderate or
greater vision or hearing impairment, including deafblindness, can be registered to access early intervention funding. The categories of disability identified in 
the announcement were determined based on evidence that intensive early intervention in the pre-school years is effective in preparing this cohort of 
children for school.

Children with one of the listed disabilities will also be able to access new Medicare items under the Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative.
The Better Start initiative includes the following components:
- Funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children
- Additional assistance for eligible children who live in outer-regional, rural or remote locations to help with the costs   of accessing services
- A Medicare item for the development of a treatment and management plan for eligible children up to the age of 13
- Medicare items for up to four allied health diagnostic services, the results of which contribute to the development of   the treatment and management plan, and
- Medicare items for up to 20 relevant allied health services in total for each eligible child up to the age of 15 provided the treatment and management 
   plan is in place before the age of 13.

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants offers the following services through the Better Start Initiative:

- Consultation (In-Home, Newport or Highett Clinics)
- Outreach Consultation
- PECS Intensive Program

Please visit our FaHCSIA provider information page at www.pecsaustralia.com/fahcsia.php for more information.

 

 

 

Pyramid Australia Newsletter - Issue 7: September, 2011

12/09/2011

 


Issue 7 of the Pyramid Australia Newsletter is now available for download.

Click here to read our September issue.

 

National Child Protection Week - SoSAFE! Training Discount

06/09/2011

 

 

In recognition of this week being “National Child Protection Week” we are offering discounted places to our SoSAFE! workshop in Sydney to be held on 19th October 2011.

We believe that people with disabilities deserve the same rights and respect as everyone else and in order for this to happen we need to supply them with appropriate tools to help them to protect themselves.

The SoSAFE! program is a set of visual and conceptual tools designed to promote social safety for people with moderate to severe intellectual disability (MSID) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). SoSAFE! provides teachers, counsellors, and other professionals with simple visual tools to enhance the social, social-sexual and social safety training of these individuals.

The SoSAFE! program uses a standardised framework of concepts, symbols and visual lesson materials to teach the type and degree of communicative and physical intimacy appropriate with different groups of people in an individual’s life. The program also teaches strategies for moving into intimate relationships in a safe and measured manner. The standardised and integrated framework of SoSAFE! facilitates the consistency of instruction, terminology and materials; all of which are essential for the acquisition and maintenance of skills in people with a moderate to severe intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder.

Places usually start at $405.00 per person for professionals and $200.00 for parents/students but for this week places will be set at the parent/student rate of $200.00 for professionals and $100.00 for parents/students. Should you wish to attend please fill out a registration form (download a copy from our "forms & applications" page under the downloads tab) and return via email or fax at your earliest convenience.

 

 

 

 

Product Specials for December

30/08/2011

 

Visit our Product Specials page in our online store to see the latest products on sale

 

A Picture's Worth (Second Edition): Now Available

29/08/2011

 

A Picture's Worth (Second Edition)

Now Available

Written by Andy Bondy, Ph.D., and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP, 2011, 160 pages

A Picture's Worth, the PECS primer written by the developers of the Picture Exchange Communication System, is now available in a second edition. This user-friendly guide introduces PECS, a simple and empowering communication tool in which partners exchange cards with photos or line drawings representing objects, attributes, and actions. A child or adult who has delayed or no speech can easily express his basic desires (e.g., “ice cream”) or needs using a PECS card without prompting from another. And as a person’s PECS usage progresses, he or she learns to put pictures together in sentences to express desires (e.g., “I want chocolate ice cream.”), to comment, and to ask questions.

A Picture’s Worth examines verbal communication development and how autism affects these skills, and shows how a child's poor communication skills can lead to problem behaviors. Providing communication options—PECS and the other augmentative and alternative communication strategies (AAC)—described in the book—reduces frustration and enhances learning.

This new edition cites research that proves PECS (and other AAC strategies) doesn't interfere with the development of speaking skills, and actually can provide a boost to the acquisition of these skills. There's also expanded information on:

- Deciding whether a child needs AAC and could benefit from PECS
- Who is an appropriate candidate for PECS
- Error correction strategies during the initial stages of PECS
- How to choose challenging behaviors to try to eliminate
- What to do when a child does not look at pictures

Thousands of people with autism and other disabilities have benefited from using PECS. The book's complete set of introductory lessons makes it easy for parents and therapists to get started using this low-tech strategy to help young children through adults develop effective communication skills!

Visit our online for further information

 

 

 

 

Thank you - from Every Australian Counts!

10/08/2011

 

 

Thank you form Every Australian Counts

 

We did it!

The Government has just announced that they share the vision for a National Disability Insurance Scheme and will begin laying the foundations for its introduction.

They also released the final report by the Productivity Commission into the NDIS.

See the Government's announcement here and the Productivity Commission's report here.

We're trawling through the detail of the announcement and the report, but first we wanted to say a huge thank you.

You made this happen. By coming together, supporting the campaign and taking action, you showed our politicians that Every Australian Counts.

The Government's announcement today shows that when we speak up, they are prepared to listen.

But as the Government has made clear, there is more to do.

We are waiting for the Opposition to come out in strong support of the Productivity Commission's recommendations.

And over the coming weeks and months we will all want to work to ensure the government gets the details right.

But first let's take some time to celebrate this colossal win for people with disabilities, their families and carers.

After that, let's roll up our sleeves and work to make the NDIS the best it can be.

John Della Bosca
and the Every Australian Counts team
www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au

 

The Adam Scott Foundation Autism Grants Program

01/08/2011

 

 

Autism Queensland
The Adam Scott Foundation Autism Grants Program

The Adam Scott Foundation was formed in 2005 and aims to support disadvantaged and underprivileged youth by providing opportunities to fulfill potential or overcome difficulties throughout life’s journey.

The Adam Scott Foundation Autism Grants Program has been designed to provide young people living with autism, the access to Apple iPads and their innovative Autism specialised applications.

The Adam Scott Foundation Autism Grants Program is available to young people, aged 6-16 as of 16 November 2010, with an Autism Diagnosis across Australia. To be eligible you must be a permanent Australian resident.

For more information about Autism Queensland’s Adam Scott Foundation Autism Grants Program, please visit http://www.autismqld.com.au/index.php?page_id=310
 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Brisbane Workshops

20/07/2011

 

 

Pyramid Australia is coming to Brisbane!

If you are interested in attending any of the following workshops, please email ncullen@pecs.com for a flyer, or visit our Training page at www.pecsaustralia.com/training.php

 

SoSAFE! Training Workshop - 15th August, 2011
PECS Basic Training Workshop -
17th & 18th August, 2011
Teaching Critical Communication Skills Training Workshop -
19th August, 2011
PECS Advanced Training Workshop -
22nd & 23rd August, 2011

 

Remember that FaHCSIA funding may be used most of Pyramid Australia's workshops.

 

 

 

Mackay - Upcoming PECS Basic Training Workshops

18/07/2011

 

Hurry to register for our regional workshops before it is too late!


Mackay - 25th & 26th August, 2011 (registrations close 1st August)


If you are interested in attending our regional PECS Basic Training Workshops, please register early to avoid missing out.

These workshops will only go ahead if enough participants register before the closing date.

 

 


 

 

Pyramid Apps

18/07/2011

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants' Apps
are now available through the iTunes store and the Android Market.

Visit www.pecsaustralia.com/apps.php for more information and links

 

 

 

Show us your PECS Photo Competition

17/07/2011

 

 

Show us your PECS! - Facebook Photo Competition
 

We are looking for 12 photos to feature in our 2012 PECS Calendar. The top 3 photos, as judged by public vote, will also receive prizes. Just upload a maximum of 2 photos of your child using PECS to our Facebook page, and get as many of your friends and family to vote for your photo/s as you can. To vote, simply log on to Facebook and comment 'vote' under the photo.

Voting starts on Monday 1st August 2011 at 8:30am EST, any votes before this date do not count. Voting ends Friday 30th September 2011, and the winners will be announced on Monday 3rd October 2011. Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize: Free workshop place of your choice & free products to the value of $150

2nd Prize: Free workshop place of your choice

3rd Prize: Free products to the value of $150

* Please ensure photos are uploaded in high resolution for use in the calendar. Any photos uploaded may be used by Pyramid as advertising material. This competition is for Australia and New Zealand only.

 

 

 

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) What Do the Data Say? - A SAGE 2010 Most Downloaded Article

17/07/2011

 

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) What Do the Data Say?
A SAGE Online Most Downloaded Article - 2010


Click here
to read the article in full


 

Sulzer-Azaroff, B., Hoffman, A., Horton, C., Bondy, A., & Frost, L. (2009).
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS): What Do the Data Say? Focus on Autism, 24, 89-103.


Abstract: Originally designed to enable young children with autism lacking functional communication to initiate requests and to describe what they observed, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) has been the subject of an ever-expanding body of research and development. Thirty-four peer-reviewed published reports on PECS are analyzed in this article with documentation of research questions, methodology, and results. Findings suggest that PECS is providing people around the globe who have no or impaired speech with a functional means of communication. Refinements in methodology and additional questions that might be addressed in future research are discussed.

 



 

 

DisabiliTEA - August 2nd

13/07/2011

 

Join Pyramid Australia is holding a

DisabiliTEA

Tuesday August 2nd, 2011

The Odd Spot Cafe - 302 Melbourne Road, Newport VIC

 


The Disabilitea is to raise awareness and bring campaigners together to spread the word about the need for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

Every Australian Counts is the campaign for the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme. The NDIS will revolutionise the way people with a disability, their families and carers are supported in this country. The NDIS will be a new support system for people with a disability, their families and carers. It will transform the way services are funded and delivered, ensuring people are better supported and enabling them to have greater choice and control.
Over the next few months the Productivity Commission will report to the Government on the findings of its inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme.
We need every Australian to stand up and say that people with a disability, their families and carers in this country deserve better and that it’s time for change. We need every Australian to say that people with a disability, their families and carers are Australians too, and that their hopes and dreams count. That they are part of our community, and that they count. We need to show the government that there is widespread community support for change – and that the time for action has come.
For more information about the NDIS please visit
www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au

 

For information on Pyramid Australia's DisabiliTEA on August 2nd, please visit our DisabiliTEA webpage at:  www.pecsaustralia.com/disabiliTEA.php

 

If you are not able to make it to the Disabilitea but would still like to contribute please download the ndis signup form from Pyramid Australia's Disabilitea website and try to get as many names as possible.

Please feel free to distribute our Disabilitea invitation to those you know may be interesed in attending.  You can download this invite from our Disabilitea webpage.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming PECS Basic Training in Darwin

10/07/2011

PECS Basic Training Workshop in Darwin
October 3 & 4, 2011
 

Autism NT is sponsoring a PECS Basic Training Workshop in Darwin on October 3rd and 4th, 2011

For further information you can contact Autism NT directly on 08 89484424, or at autismnt@autismnt.org.au
or you can click here to download their workshop flyer

Or you can visit our sponsored workshops page by clicking here to see other organisations holding training workshops in your area.

 

 

 

 

Pyramid Australia is now on Twitter

10/07/2011

 

 

Pyramid Australia is now on Twitter!

follow us @pecsau

 

 

 

NDIS Support - DisabiliTea in Newport

09/07/2011

 

 


You are invited to join Pyramid Educational Consultants for a

DisabiliTea


on 2nd August at 10:00am

to raise awareness of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the campaign to make Every Australian Count.

The Odd Spot Cafe - Melbourne Road, Newport.
Please RSVP to Erin at ehobbin@pecs.com by July 29th

 

For more information on the NDIS, please click this link
or visit the Every Australian Counts website:  www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au

If you would like to support the NDIS, and Every Australian Counts, you can download a sign up form by clicking here

 

 

 

NDIS Support Campaign

21/06/2011

 

Help support the the NDIS Campaign at Every Australian Counts website:

“To make sure the Federal Government accepts the recommendations of the Productivity Commission and commits to introducing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)”

http://everyaustraliancounts.com.au

 

 

 

Revised PECS Related Publications

17/06/2011

 

The PECS Related Publications list has now been updated.

The PECS Related Publications listing now contains 100 PECS related articles/publications, with 14 listings being added in this revised edition.

To view the entire list, please visit
www.pecsaustralia.com/research.php, or click here for a printable version.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming PECS Basic Training in Bangkok

17/06/2011

 

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia will be presenting a

PECS Basic Training Workshop

at the North Light Center, Bangkok
on the 10th and 11th November, 2011


Please visit
www.pecsaustralia.com/sponsored.php for further information

If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact North Light Center directly:
Darat Setchaibodee - darat@intimeexhearing.com

 

 

 

 

PECS Intensive Programs 2011/2012

17/06/2011

 

Upcoming PECS Intensive Programs

Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia will be holding several PECS Intensive Programs over the coming months.
If you would like information about the PECS Intensive Program, or if you would like to download a printable brochure, please visit
www.pecsaustralia.com/intensive.php

As always, Erin is available for any questions you may have relating to the PECS Intensive Programs.
You can contact Erin at the office on 03 9314 5374, or you can email her directly at ehobbin@pecs.com

 

Darwin, NT
Nemarluk School
July 11th to July 15th, 2011

Mornington, Victoria
Contact Erin for venue details
October 3rd to October 7th, 2011

Adelaide, SA
Contact Erin for Venue details
October 10th to October 14th, 2011

Thornlands, Queensland
Redlands District Special School
January 23rd to January 27th, 2012

 

 

 

Parlerai: Harnessing the power of the internet for children with special needs

17/06/2011

 

 

Parlerai
Harnessing the power of the internet for children with special needs.

 

Parlerai creates a secure network of family, friends and caregivers surrounding a child with special needs using innovative and highly personalised tools to enhance collaboration and provide a safe means of communicating via the Internet.
  

About Parlerai

"Jon and I founded Parlerai in January 2008. Struggling with communication issues surrounding Karly, our seven-year-old daughter with special needs, we took advantage of Jon’s vast experience with Internet communication and collaboration tools to make our life easier. Even Grant, our eleven-year-old son, came up with some simple ideas that were brilliant. As we explored these ideas for Karly, we realized we could make a huge difference for all families with children with special needs. As Jon’s mother put it, “It would be cruel for you not to do this.”

For children who need special services, the task of sharing information among the people involved with the child falls primarily on a parent. Parents deal with photocopying documents, relaying information, advocating for their child, scheduling tutoring, therapy sessions, doctor’s appointments, etc. The list goes on and on. It occurred to us that managing a child or any person with special needs is a full time job. If corporations, businesses, and institutions have sophisticated tools to manage their businesses, parents with a child with special needs should have the SAME types of tools.

Managing a child with a non-verbal learning disability heightens the importance of communication and collaboration among caregivers. The name Parlerai, the French word for “shall speak”, captures our desire to help these children have a voice. We’ve taken the world of communicating through pictures and symbols to the next level, making this media personal, accessible and adaptable through Internet, mobile device and touch screen technology.

As we brainstormed our idea with friends and family, we added more features to our service such as a calendaring function, a secure messaging system and a daily reporting system tracking and recording information for use in managing a child’s needs. When we found that every parent has a need for some aspect of our service - we knew we were on to something big. We call it Augmentative Collaboration™.

Now, using Parlerai, we are in touch with Karly’s team of caregivers and we can communicate with Karly using pictures and symbols anywhere, anytime, with any device accessing the Internet. Information essential to the quality of Karly’s life is in one place, safe and secure and accessible to those who matter"

Kristin Erickson
President & Co-Founder

 

If you think this service can help your family, Parlerai welcomes you to try it for 30 days at no cost. If it is missing a feature that would make a difference for you or your child, please tell Kristin & Jon about your idea at support@parlerai.com.

Visit www. parlerai.com to view demo networks and videos, or click here to download the Parlerai brochure.

 

 


 

 

Hobart - Upcoming PECS Basic Training Workshop

05/06/2011

 

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants will be holding a PECS Basic Training Workshop in

Hobart on the 21st & 22nd July, 2011.
 

If you would like to attend the PECS Basic Training Workshop, please register and pay online (using PayPal),
or by sending us a registration form
(download a registration form from our "
Forms & Applications" page.)

 

Registrations should be returned to Pyramid by Friday June 24th.

 

 

 

Upcoming PECS Advanced Training

05/06/2011

 

 

Upcoming PECS Advanced Training Workshops


Perth - 25th & 26th July, 2011

registrations to be received by Pyramid by Monday 27th June

Melbourne - 4th & 5th August, 2011
registrations to be received by Pyramid by Monday 11th July
 

Should you wish to attend either of these workshops, please register your interest early, as these workshops will only go ahead if enough participants have registered before the closing date.

To register, please download a registration form from our "Forms & Applications" page, or register and pay online using PayPal.

 

 

 

Free Webcast - The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals

04/06/2011

 

Free Webcast Series
The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants is pleased to announce the launch of our newest webcast, The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals, presented by Dr. Andy Bondy.


The Pyramid Approach to Education™ is a comprehensive framework for establishing effective learning environments. Through the use of applied behaviour analysis, this approach provides the foundation for a positive environment for growth. The Pyramid emphasises how to teach, rather than simply what to teach, in order to maximise an individual's learning outcomes.  Go to
http://www.pecs.com/webcasts/approach.php to download The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals Webcast for FREE!

The Pyramid Approach for Parents and Professionals webcast will review how to establish effective teaching environments for learners with autism and related disabilities. Dr. Andy Bondy begins by briefly discussing the base of the Pyramid including functional activities, reinforcement systems, communication/social skills, and contextually inappropriate behaviours and alternatives. A description of the top elements of the Pyramid, including generalisation, creating effective lessons, specific teaching strategies, minimising and correcting errors, and data collection and analysis, follows.

What You Will Begin To Learn:
• How to successfully implement the Pyramid Approach to Education™
• The importance of teaching functional communication skills
• How to create opportunities for teaching

This webcast is appropriate for all members of the educational team who would like to learn about the Pyramid Approach to Education™, including speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, behaviour analysts, psychologists, social workers and other professionals who are providing services for or living with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Interested in learning more about the Pyramid Approach to Education™?
You can attend our two-day workshop, The Pyramid Approach - Functional ABA Basic Training.
Click here for additional information about this training and a complete workshop schedule.

 

 


 

 

Pyramid Australia Newsletter - Issue 6: June, 2011

25/05/2011

 


Issue 6 of the Pyramid Australia Newsletter is now available for download.

Click here to read our June issue.

 

 

 

 

Free PECS Overview Seminar - LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER

24/05/2011

 

Last Chance to register for our Free PECS Overview Seminar in Melbourne
Registrations close at 1:00PM Friday 27th May

 

Free PECS Overview Seminar
28th May, 2011 - Jacana, Melbourne

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia will be presenting a FREE PECS Overview on 28th May at Northern School for Autism (Jacana Campus). This free PECS overview is appropriate for anyone who would like to learn about the Picture Exchange Communication System including a summary of all six phases, some visuals of PECS in action and how it becomes a functional communication system for the user. This is a three hour overview on PECS. This is not a training seminar, but a brief introduction to PECS. This talk begins with a brief overview of the Pyramid Approach to Education. A description of traditional approaches to communication and an overview of PECS will follow. The consultant will briefly discuss the phases of PECS and outcome data, as well as PECS’ relationship to reinforcement systems, schedules, and behaviour management.

If you would like to come along please visit this link to register. But be quick as places are limited.

 

 

 

Product Giveaway - Discrimination Training DVD Sets

18/05/2011

 

FREE Discrimination Training Alternatives 3 DVD Set

When you spend $300 or more through our online store

for a limited time only

www.pecsaustralia.com/products.php

 

 

 

 

END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE - NOW ON!

17/05/2011

 

 

Pyramid Australia's
END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE!

Log on to our Australian & New Zealand online stores to check out our end of financial year sale!
Sale items for limited time only - The prices below are in Australian Dollars, and include GST

 

Lesson Plans for Young Children (Hard Copy only):  Normally $72 - NOW $50.40  

An Introduction to PECS DVD:  Normally $72 - NOW $50.40

The Pyramid Approach to Education in Autism:  Normally $97 - NOW $82.45

Mini Set (Mini Help, Break and Wait cards):  Normally $20 - NOW $18.00

Show and Go School Pack:  Normally $31 - NOW $26.35

 

 

 

 

 

SoSAFE! Workshop - Melbourne - 6th June

17/05/2011

 

 

Our Melbourne SoSAFE! Workshop will still go ahead on the 6th June, 2011

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register to avoid missing out.
Registrations will be accepted until Monday 30th May, 2011

 

Upcoming PECS Advanced Training - Sydney - 18 & 19 July

17/05/2011

 

PECS Advanced Training - St Lucy's School - Sydney
18th & 19th July, 2011

If you missed out on registering for the PECS Advanced Training in Sydney, now is your chance to attend!
 

Please contact St Lucy's School directly for information and registration.

Rebecca Welsh:  rebeccaw@stlucys.nsw.edu.au

 

 Click here for further information & registration form

 

Victorian Autism Conference 2012 - Have your say!

12/05/2011

 

 

Victorian Autism Conference 2012
Knowledge, Understanding and Awareness Across the Spectrum

Owing to the overwhelming success of the Victorian Autism Conference 2010, Autism Victoria has begun making preparations for the Victorian Autism Conference 2012 (VAC 2012) to be held on the 9th and 10th of August 2012.
VAC 2012 promises to be an exciting event with keynote speakers Prof. Tony Attwood, Carol Gray, and Sue Larkey already confirmed.
In preparation for VAC 2012, Autism Victoria would like to seek some feedback from you regarding proposed topics for the sessional speakers in each of the four age streams. Autism Victoria would also love to hear your suggestions as a means of ensuring the conference will meet the broadest range of interests possible.


We ask that you take a few minutes to complete the Autism Victoria survey (see below link) and return to Autism Victoria via email to
events@autismvictoria.org.au , post or fax. To ensure Autism Victoria have sufficient time to plan this event we ask that we have your responses by Monday 30th May 2011.

 

Please visit www.pecsaustralia.com/documents/Autvicsurvey.pdf to veiw topics that were valuable suggestions from delegates who attended VAC 2010, and to take the survey.

 

 

 

PECS Basic Training in Sydney (May) Filling Quickly

05/05/2011

 

The PECS Basic Training Workshop to be held in Sydney on 30th & 31st May is filling quickly.

If you would like to attend, please register as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Registrations will be accepted until Friday 13th May, or while places in the workshop are still available.

 

Free PECS Overview Seminar - Melbourne

03/05/2011

 

Free PECS Overview Seminar
28th May, 2011 - Jacana, Melbourne

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia will be presenting a FREE PECS Overview on 28th May at Northern School for Autism (Jacana Campus). This free PECS overview is appropriate for anyone who would like to learn about the Picture Exchange Communication System including a summary of all six phases, some visuals of PECS in action and how it becomes a functional communication system for the user. This is a three hour overview on PECS. This is not a training seminar, but a brief introduction to PECS. This talk begins with a brief overview of the Pyramid Approach to Education. A description of traditional approaches to communication and an overview of PECS will follow. The consultant will briefly discuss the phases of PECS and outcome data, as well as PECS’ relationship to reinforcement systems, schedules, and behaviour management.

If you would like to come along please visit this link to register. But be quick as places are limited.
 

 

 

 

New Product: Audio, Visual and Tactile Toy Packs

13/04/2011

 

Our new Toy Packs are ready for purchase!

Our Toy Packs are back by popular demand.  We now have Audio, Visual and Tactile Toy Packs available.  Each Toy Pack includes 10 fantastic toys, two sizes of corresponding pictures, an Activity Board, Large Sentence Strip and all the Velcro and Velcoins you will need.

You can view all three Toy Packs at our Australian and our New Zealand online stores.
 

And don't forget you can use your FaHCSIA funding to purchase Pyramid Australia products, just visit our "FaHCSIA Info" page at www.pecs.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

The Australian Story – ABC1

12/04/2011

 

 

On 7th April Sophie Kerr and Rebecca Wright met Elizabeth Clayton. Elizabeth is the founder of the Happy Home Trust in Fiji - to protect the interests of Sujit Kumar and at-risk boys in Fiji.

Sujit Kumar was confined with chickens from early in his life, and this continued until he was brought into Samabula Old People's Home in Suva. Whilst in the old people’s home Sujit was tied to a bed for the next 22 years, before being released in 2003, and put into therapy. Elizabeth then became Sujit’s legal guardian. You can read more about Sujit and Elizabeth at http://www.happyhometrust.org/ or watch the Australian Story on ABC1 on Monday 18th April at 8:00pm.

Pyramid Educational Consultants has recently become involved in Sujit’s communication intervention. To view videos of Rebecca and Sophie working with Sujit please click here.

Sujit still has a long journey ahead of him in learning communication and self care skills. Donations can be made to the Happy Home Trust via their website http://www.happyhometrust.org/donations
 

 

 

 

Whyalla Special School is hosting a PECS Basic Workshop

05/04/2011

 

 

 

Whyalla Special School is hosting a PECS Basic Training Workshop to be held at the
Long Street Primary School in Whyalla Norrie on the 19th and 20th May, 2011.

 

All those interested in attending a PECS Basic Training Workshop in South Australia are welcome to attend.

Please contact Whyalla Special School Principal, Anthony Deane-Shaw for further information:

Email:  info@whyallasp.sa.edu.au
Phone:  08 86457261

 

 

 

 

World Autism Awareness Day - St Kilda, Melbourne

31/03/2011

 

 

World Autism Awareness Day – Saturday 2nd April 2011
St Kilda - Melbourne


Come and join me (Erin Hobbin, Operations Director) on Saturday 2nd April to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders by walking along the St Kilda Lower Esplanade with balloons.
To celebrate the individuality of people on the autism spectrum, Autism Victoria will hold an Autism Awareness March through the streets of St Kilda. Every person will be given a coloured balloon to march with, and at the end of the walk the balloons will be released into the sky. After the balloon release you, your families and friends are invited to stay on for a barbecue, and don't forget your buckets and spades so you can participate in building sand castles and sculptures along the beach. All are invited to this free event to help raise awareness and celebrate the uniqueness of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
 

The walk will culminate with a Balloon Release at the Beachcomber Cafe at 11:00am followed by a sausage sizzle and beach fun.
• Meet at Peanut Farm Reserve, St Kilda ready to walk at 10.30am (tea/coffee available)
• Walk along Lower Esplanade to Beachcomber Cafe - balloon release will be at 11:00am
• If you are unable to walk with us, meet us at the Beachcomber Cafe at 10.30am
• Bring your buckets and spades for sandcastle building!

 

 


 

 

World Autism Awareness Day - Worldwide Events

31/03/2011



The fourth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2011

Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with
unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.

How will you celebrate?

 

 

Click here for more information about World Autism Awareness Day, and what is happening near you!

 

 

 

 

Pyramid Australia Newsletter - Issue 5: March, 2011

19/03/2011

 

 

 

Issue 5 of the Pyramid Australia Newsletter is now available for download.

Click here to read our March issue.

 

 

 

 

Pyramid's Newest App - Working4

19/03/2011

 

 

Make a Deal using Working4™ - Pyramid's newest app!


Everyone enjoys being rewarded and, for many students with special needs, visual reinforcement systems are conducive to successful lessons. For those using PECS, or using speech or other means of communication, the addition of visual supports can lead to significant improvements in many aspects of their lives.
Pyramid Educational Consultants is thrilled to announce the launch of Working4™! This app lets students know what they are working for, how much they need to do, and how close they are to earning a reward for their work. This app can be used for lessons in school, chores at home, getting children to eat their veggies, and much more!
Start the app by selecting the number of tokens (1-5) your student must earn. Then set up your student's reinforcer choice board by selecting 1-6 items from our pre-loaded symbol library or your own photo library. Show the choice board to your student to select what to work for and then begin your lesson. Each time a student earns a token, slide a token to the empty dot. Once the student has earned all of his tokens, he can press the "cash in" button, which will highlight the reinforcing item indicating he may now have access to his reward! After the student has cashed in, the token board will reset to start the next deal or you can create a new choice board to allow your student to select a new reinforcer.
Now parents and professionals have the ease of accessing their reinforcement boards through their iPhones, iPads or iPod Touches, and no longer have to worry if they have enough tokens or have remember their student’s reinforcement boards.


Working4™ is now available and can be purchased through Apple® iTunes App Stores worldwide for download on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch! For more information about Working4™, please visit the Apple iTunes App Store and search for “Working4” or contact us at
apps@pecs.com.


*Are you a professional looking to purchase Pyramid’s apps for your facility in bulk? Take advantage of Apple’s App Store Volume Purchase Program! The App Store Volume Purchase Program allows educational institutions to purchase iOS apps in volume and distribute the apps to their users. Go to http://www.apple.com/itunes/education/ for more information on this special program.

 

 

 

 

Pyramid in Poland

19/03/2011

Pyramid Educational Consultants is proud to announce the opening of our newest office in Poland!
Pyramid Educational Consultants of Poland is now open for business and already has multiple PECS Basic Trainings scheduled throughout the country.

For further information, visit www.pecs.com and choose Poland from the menu

 

 

 

 

Adelaide PECS Intensive Program - April, 2011

01/03/2011

 

 

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants are holding a PECS Intensive Program in Adelaide from April 17th to 21st, 2011.
This Intensive Program will be conducted by Sophie Kerr.

For more information, please visit our PECS Intensive Program page under the Consultation & Services tab at www.pecs.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Sponsored Workshops

20/02/2011

 

2011 Sponsored Workshops

In addition to our own scheduled workhops for 2011, Pyramid Educational Consultants will be training with other organisations throughout the year.  Everyone is welcome to attend the workshops listed below.  Please contact the organisation directly to register for sponsored workshops.

You can always check our "Sponsored Workshops" page for any additional upcoming workshops conducted through other organisations.

 

Victoria

Northern School for Autism
PECS Basic Training Workshop

19th March and 9th April, 2011

If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact Northern School for Autism directly:
Anastasia Hueston - Hueston.Anastasia.A@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

 

Northern Territory

Alice Springs
PECS Basic Training Workshop

27th and 28th June, 2011

If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact Autism NT directly:
Tracey Myles - antservices@autismnt.org.au
Phone: 08 8948 4424

Darwin
PECS Basic Training Workshop

3rd and 4th October, 2011

If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact Autism NT directly:
Tracey Myles - antservices@autismnt.org.au
Phone: 08 8948 4424

 

 

 

 

 

Discrimination Training DVD Sets on sale

20/02/2011


 

Now 50% off

Discrimination Training Alternatives 3 DVD Set
Includes Modules 1, 2 and 3

This set is a must have for any professional or personal resource library. Picture discrimination is necessary to increase independence in any environment. This DVD series will provide instructors and parents with a truly valuable tool to achieve this goal! Phase III of the Picture Exchange Communication System teaches picture discrimination. This skill has typically been taught using “match to sample” type lessons. While successful for a few students, this lesson format is difficult for many students because it is not associated with a functional outcome. Phase III of PECS teaches picture discrimination within a very functional and reinforcing context. This three module DVD series targets numerous alternative picture discrimination strategies to utilise if your student has not mastered Phase IIIA. The series briefly reviews the teaching protocol for Phase IIIA and the 4-step error correction procedure. Throughout the three DVDs, instructors and parents learn alterative strategies that are easy to implement and require very little preparation. We discuss and demonstrate three “orientation” strategies to help students who are not looking at the pictures. We provide examples of ways to visually modify the symbols and we discuss successful strategies to be utilised with individuals with visual impairment.
All DVDs are in PAL format.

Discrimination Training DVD Sets can be purchased through our Australian or New Zealand online stores,
or by contacting us at
ncullen@pecs.com

 

 

 

B.F Skinner's

15/02/2011

 

 

B.F. Skinner's "Verbal Behavior" Books Now Available

 

Written by B.F. Skinner, 1958, Soft Cover, 478 pages.

This book laid the foundation for the development of the PECS Training protocol. The book presents a systematic functional analysis of language based on the principles of learning. Skinner proposes that verbal behaviour requires an analysis seperate from other behaviour because it does not operate on the environment directly, but rather through other people in a verbal community. He describes several parts of communication defined by their relationship to specific antecedents and consequences, from the simplest features of lanuages to its most complicated aspects. He also stresses that verbal behaviour is defined by its function, not by its form-thus, for example, PECS permits any user to engage in verbal behaviour. Read the chapter by Andy Bondy in the PECS Training Manual, Second Edition (page 4) for a thorough discussion on PECS and Verbal Behavior.
 

 

Andy Bondy Presents PECS Basic Training in Korea

03/02/2011

 

 

Andy Bondy, Ph.D. presents the PECS Basic Training in Korea!


This December Dr. Andy Bondy had the privilege of hosting Korea's first PECS Basic Training!
Annie Yoon, General Director of Pyramid Educational Consultants of Korea was quoted in a local Korean online news journal describing PECS, "PECS is an AAC (augmentative/ alternative communication) system based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that is used to develop functional communication for individuals with autism, developmental delays and other related disabilities. The system is very effective in increasing vocal communication." Annie Yoon is looking forward to the opening of Pyramid-Korea later this year! The training was attended by over 70 participants, including Professor Jhin hea kyung from Seoul National Mental Hospital and two professionals from the Korean Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis.
Pyramid is looking forward to our newest entity flourishing and offering a range of services to Korea's special needs population.

 


 

 

High-tech, Lo-tech or No-tech?

02/02/2011

 

 


High-tech, Lo-tech or No-tech?

Sophie Kerr
Clinical Director - Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia


The world of Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems is in a constant state of flux. The most recent additions to this ever expanding set of tools are the iPod/iPhone apps. Some apps focus on building sentences to be shown to a listener, others function as speech generating devices (SGD). The question for parents then becomes ‘What is the best option for my child?’ And some of you may be asking ‘In a world of high and low tech gadgets, where does PECS, now categorised as a ‘no-tech’ system, fit in?’

The development of PECS began in 1985. In the 25 years since this time, numerous research papers have concluded that PECS and the protocols used to teach it are effective. PECS truly is an evidence-based system, with proven outcomes. Using PECS has improved communication skills, increased independence and decreased inappropriate behaviours in students of all ages across the world. Many students who use PECS eventually transition to using speech as their primary mode of communication. When this is the case, investment in a high-tech device may not be warranted until other options have been explored.

For those considering use of high and low tech devices individuals must consider, weight, size, transportability, battery life, button size, voice output options, vocabulary size, communicative functions, cost and more. The beauty of the iPod/iPhone system is that it provides a light weight, transportable, low-cost option. With the development of applications like Grace App, it is clear that personalising the system is possible with some technical know-how. However, as with any communication system, there are a range of other issues to consider.

One of the clear advantages of PECS is that with no batteries or microchips, charging and breakdowns are not a consideration. It is often recommended that PECS is the starting point for students who will eventually transition to using a SGD. Beginning with PECS allows students to learn about communication more quickly, as the pre-requisite skills are far fewer. When this is the case students will have the ability to develop a functional communication more quickly. For students who have learned PECS prior to SGD use, they also have ready access to a communication system if their high-tech device breaks down or runs out of charge.

Setting up a no-tech communication system like PECS is often far easier than setting up a high-tech device. One of the most important considerations when providing a communication system is how quickly the student will be able to use it. If the lead in includes having to program or modify a device, the student may have an extended period without a functional communication system. In addition, a pre-requisite to using this type of picture point system, is that the student can discriminate pictures. This again increases the time until the student is able to functionally communicate.

When considering a communication system always think back to the definition of communication. Communication involves approaching a communication partner and delivering a message. While it is possible to teach both of these skills using high-tech devices (most effectively done through the use of techniques from the PECS protocol), it is often easier to teach these skills using a no-tech system like PECS. With no voice output, the PECS user must approach their communication partner to deliver their message, thus ensuring the skill of social approach is required.

On the whole, whether choosing a no-tech, low-tech or high-tech communication system, it is essential that communication systems are customised to best suit the individual student. When doing so, always consider what is being taught and how it will be taught. The Pyramid Approach to Education and PECS protocol provide a strong base for teaching any communication system. A focus on no-tech systems can provide a functional communication system with very little lead in. Consider starting with a no-tech system and transitioning to a high-tech system if the individual does not develop speech. This will also allow time for the newest editions to high-tech communicaiton systems to be further developed and made more user friendly.
 

 

 

 

 

February Workshops Filling Fast

31/01/2011

 

Once again, our February workshops are filling quickly.  If you would like to attend one of the following workshops, please register as soon as possible to avoid missing out on a place.

- Melbourne: PECS Basic Training Workshop, 17th & 18th February 2011

- Brisbane: PECS Basic Training Workshop, 21st & 22nd February 2011

 

We also expect our Sydney PECS Basic Training Workshop (March) to fill soon.

 

 

 

 

Pics for PECS™ 2011© CDs Have Arrived!

27/01/2011

 


Pics for PECS™ 2011© CDs Have Arrived

 

Pics for PECS™ 2011©, the 10th version in Pyramid’s Pics for PECS™ CD collection is now available for purchase!

This year’s CD has more than 300 new images for a total of over 2,800 pictures! In addition to making pictures for PECS Communication Books, Pics for PECS™ can be used to create printed communication boards, schedules, literacy activities, visual supports and overlays for speech generating devices. The high resolution jpg images can be enlarged to a full page with no loss of clarity and can be used in any software that supports jpg images. New images this year include “chimpanzee,” “smart phone,” “lei,” “bun,” and “thank you” and pictures for your calendars and more images for
health-related activities. The Pics for PECS™ 2011© CD includes a comprehensive picture dictionary for all images, directions for use and grids for using the pictures in Microsoft Word© format. Pics for PECS™ images support both expressive and receptive AAC systems and are appropriate for all ages.

For further information, or to view the 2011 wordlist and a sample page from the Pics for PECS™ 2011© CD, please visit the Pyramid website at www.pecsaustralia.com and choose the Products menu.

For availability of the Pics for PECS™ 2011© CD in other countries and languages, please visit www.pecs.com and select the Pyramid office located closest to you!

 


 

 

Bulk Rolls of Velcro Dots and Velcro Strips Now Available

27/01/2011

 

16mm Velcro® Dots and 1cm wide Velcro® strips can now be ordered by the roll.

- Velcro® Dots are available in rolls of 23 metres (1200 dots per roll)

- Velcro® strips are availabe in rolls of 45 metres, and rolls of 90 metres


For further information, please visit www.pecs.com and click on the Products tab.
 

When ordering more than two rolls, please allow up to three weeks for delivery.
If you would like to enquire about buying Velcro in bulk, or you would like an estimated delivery date, please contact
ncullen@pecs.com

 


 

 

R+ Remindâ„¢ - iPhone & iPad App

20/01/2011

 

 

R+ Remind™

Interested in an app that helps you remember to reinforce good behavior?

Pyramid Educational Consultants is thrilled to announce the release of our newest app for use on Apple® iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, R+ Remind™! This app is perfect for use in busy classrooms to remind all staff to catch your learners "being good!" It was created using research in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and from extensive input from busy educators. R+ Remind™ is a quick and easy way to help educators remember to reinforce good behavior!

To use R+ Remind™, simply open the app, select the average interval time desired and tap “start.” A tone unique to each interval sounds at a variable rate so that you can pause what you’re doing and reinforce a new behavior, the lack of a targeted behavior or even an existing behavior. Each tone is activated on a randomized, variable schedule (the 3-minute tones sounds on average every 3 minutes). R+ Remind™ allows the user to choose from 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 15-minute intervals and includes a countdown, allowing the user to glance at the screen to know when the next tone will sound.
 

R+ Remind™ is now available and can be purchased through Apple® iTunes App Stores worldwide for download on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch! For more information about R+ Remind™, please visit the Apple iTunes App Store and search for “R+ Remind” or contact us at ncullen@pecs.com.

 

 

PECS Overseas: A Special Thank You to Pyramid Educational Consultants

20/01/2011

 

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants is always thrilled to hear feedback from our clients.
We are happy to share this wonderful letter of appreciation from a professional working with individuals with special needs in Central Asia.

 

PECS Overseas: A Special Thank You to
Pyramid Educational Consultants:

"My husband was presenting a medical seminar on Down Syndrome in a remote village in Central Asia, and luckily I too was able to attend. Thank you (Pyramid Educational Consultants) for sending me the materials. I felt like a traveler with camel on the old Silk Road bringing rare treasures like PECS, switches, a computer interface, and splinting materials out of my suitcase in a distant land. While there, I had the pleasure of meeting a therapist who had knowledge on the implementation of PECS. We were able to visit and spend time at special needs centers with mothers and their children of whom had Down Syndrome. During our visit, we met a 16 year old girl who was non-verbal. She was intrigued with the PECS pictures and we worked together to introduce her mother to the system. I was amazed at how quickly the girl caught on to the basic idea. We also had the privilege of visiting another center in a much larger city. This center has been using the PECS system for quite some time and has had great success within their classrooms. I am grateful the PECS system is helping children around the world".

Joyce H.

 

 

 

 

 

Pics for PECS™ 2011 Upgrade© Now Available

10/01/2011

 

Pics for PECS™ 2011 Upgrade© Now Available

Do you have the Pics for PECS™ 2010© CD and want access to the latest pictures included on the Pics for PECS™ 2011© CD? Now you can get the newest Pics for PECS™ images for a fraction of the price in just a matter of minutes!

The Pics for PECS™ 2011 Upgrade© is available for download at www.pecs.com and includes more than 300 NEW images to complete your Pics for PECS™ collection. All images are ultra high-resolution jpg images for use in communication books, printed communication boards, schedules, activity boards, literacy activities, visual supports, overlays for speech generating devices or wherever you use visual strategies. New images in the 2011 upgrade package include calendar months and days, more images for health-related activities, holidays, clothing, songs, stories, foods and much more! Look for “please,” “thanks,” “swallow,” “smart phone,” “noisy,” and “reflection.” The Pics for PECS™ 2011 Upgrade© package includes the new 2011 images, a comprehensive picture dictionary and wordlist. Pics for PECS images support both expressive activities and receptive AAC systems and are appropriate for all ages.
This product is available for download only. The Pics for PECS™ 2011 Upgrade© is intended for customers who currently own the Pics for PECS™ 2010© CD and wish to purchase only the newest 300+ ultra high resolution images included on the Pics for PECS™ 2011© CD. If you own an earlier version of the Pics for PECS™ CD, you may still purchase the Pics for PECS™ 2011 Upgrade©. However, the upgrade will include only new images that have been added to the 2011 edition of our CD.

For more information about the Pics for PECS™ 2011 Upgrade©, or to view the Upgrade Wordlist,  go to
www.pecsaustralia.com and select the Products tab.

For availability of the Pics for PECS™ 2011 Upgrade©, in other countries and languages, please visit www.pecs.com and select the Pyramid office located closest to you!
 

 

Pyramid Australia Newsletter - Issue 4: December

30/11/2010

 

 

Issue 4 of the Pyramid Australia Newsletter is now available for download. 

Click here to read our December issue.

 

 

 

 

 

Pyramid Australia has Moved!!

18/11/2010

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia
has Moved!

Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia has moved to new offices.

After December 17th please contact us at:

413 Blackshaws Road, Altona North, Victoria, 3025
Phone: +61 3 9314 5374 - Fax: +61 3 9314 8692

 

.... and a reminder of our Christmas Closures:

Pyramid Office Closures:
December 24th, 2010, and will reopen on January 4th, 2011

Pyramid Products Department Closures:
December 17th, 2010, and will reopen on January 4th, 2011.
Please see our products page for more information.

 

 

 

iPraiseUâ„¢ - iPhone and iPad app

09/11/2010

 

 

iPraiseU
Pyramid's first iPhone and iPad app.  Available now through iTunes

Pyramid Educational Consultants is thrilled to announce the release of our first app for use on Apple® iPhone and iPad, iPraiseU™! This app is perfect for instructors and parents who often struggle to think of praise beyond, "Good job!" or "Well done!" The iPraiseU™ app is a quick and easy way to praise your learners with multiple phrases, by multiple voices! Simply open the app and tap or shake your device to generate one of 100 praise statements. All are general statements appropriate for any positive behaviour at home, school and/or within the community.
iPraiseU™ is now available for purchase through the Apple® iTunes App Store for download on your iPhone or iPad.
 

Praise statements include:
• How clever!
• Bingo!
• I knew you could do it!
• What an effort!
• You're almost there!
• I’m so proud of you!

Upon user interaction, iPraiseU™ will randomly select a positive praise from its built-in list of one hundred different praise statements. The use of 5 different voices, both male and female, ensures better generalisation as the learner does not become accustomed to hearing praise only from a primary instructor or parent. The recorded voices include those of the co-founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants and the co-creators of the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS), Andy Bondy, Ph.D., and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP.
While the user can select the audio option, it is also possible to turn off the sound and read the praise statements directly from the screen. As an extra feature, an image is displayed on the screen with each praise statement. A girl dances in the middle of a star and, if the audio is turned on, she dances in time to the statement itself. For those learners who find visual stimulation reinforcing, this can add an extra dimension to the praise being delivered verbally.
User interaction includes either tapping lightly on the screen or selecting the shake option to have the app generate a new praise statement every time the user gently shakes the device*.

Feedback for the iPraiseU™ app can be submitted through the About screen within the app.
To purchase iPraiseU™, please visit the Apple® iTunes App Store and search for “iPraiseU”. For more information about iPraiseU™ or Pyramid Educational Consultants, please contact Narelle Cullen at
ncullen@pecs.com.

* Pyramid Educational Consultants is not responsible for broken devices due to excessive shaking.
 

 

 

 

Christmas Closures

27/10/2010

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants - Christmas Closures


Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia's offices will be closed for the Christmas break from
December 24th, 2010 and will reopen on January 4th, 2011


Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia's products department will be closed for the Christmas break from
December 17th, 2010
, and will reopen on January 4th, 2011.

All orders received after December 17th, 2010 will be charged at 2011 prices

Please see our
products page for more information.

 

 

 

 

Hurry! Take advantage of our 2010 product pricing.

27/10/2010

 

 

 

The Pyramid Educational Consultants Product Department will be closing for Christmas Holidays on
Friday, December 17th, 2010 and reopening on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011.

Unfortunately, we have had to raise some of our product prices for 2011,
so take advantage of our 2010 product pricing by placing your orders before December 17th, 2010.


All orders received after December 17th, 2010 will not be processed until after the product department
reopens on January 4th, 2011.
All orders received after December 17th, 2010 will be charged at 2011 prices.

Please be patient!
As Christmas draws nearer, the Pyramid Product Department and the Australian Postal Service
experience a higher than normal volume of mail and orders.
Please be patient at this time, as your order may take more than two weeks to arrive.

Please see our website (www.pecs.com) for full details on
Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia’s Christmas Closures.
 

 

 

 

Darwin PECS Intensive Program - July, 2011

27/10/2010

 

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants are holding a PECS Intensive Program in Darwin on July 11th to 15th, 2011.
This Intensive Program will be conducted by Lori Frost and Sophie Kerr.

For more information, please visit our PECS Intensive Program page under the Consultation & Services tab at www.pecs.com

 

 

 

 

NEW PRODUCT - PECS 151 - Revised

27/10/2010

 

 

Newly Revised and Updated for Australia!

PECS 151™ - Revised Picture Sets


Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia is pleased to announce the update and re-release of it’s popular picture collection to help those with autism and other developmental disabilities communicate with those around them.

The PECS 151™ - Revised Picture Set is a highly colourful collection of pictures and symbols for visual communication for use as part of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). The picture set includes some of the most commonly used pictures for PECS. The list of images was compiled over several years by tracking picture vocabulary development of a significant number of new PECS users and include a total of 151 pictures.

Each PECS 151™ - Revised picture is generic and non-specific and is perfect for combining with attributes for precise requests or comments. The illustrations are in full colour, explicit and versatile. Each set contains six Sentence Starter™ icons and twenty beginning attribute icons. The pictures are 2.5cm in size, come printed on rigid paper and are laminated, for added durability. Loop Velcoins© are included to apply to the back of the pictures, which allows them to be used with communication books, schedules, activity boards, and visual reinforcement systems – anywhere you use visual strategies.

Each set has been updated to reflect more current and commonly used pictures. Some of the new images include: “DVD”, “sensory table”, “sand play” and “squishy toys” among others. The revised set now also includes localised images, such as “biscuit”, “sauce”, “backpack” and “sultanas”.

The PECS 151™ - Revised picture sets were created by Lori Frost, M.S., CCP/SLP, the co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants and co-creator of PECS. The sets are illustrated by Rayna Bondy, Brad Almond and Karen Kaler.

To download the complete Australian Vocabulary list of the re-released PECS 151™ picture set, visit www.pecs.com and click on the “downloads” tab.

To purchase the PECS 151 – Revised Picture Set, please visit our online store

Pyramid Educational Consultants is a leader in training and products that focus on the initiation of communication and design of effective educational environments. Pyramid’s goal is to provide products that will enable learners to communicate throughout their lives.
 

 

 

 

Pics for PECS 2010 CDs - 15% OFF!

27/10/2010

 

Pics for PECS 2010 CDs
On Sale!

Log into the online store and receive 15% off your Pics for PECS 2010 CD
(while stocks last)

 

Communication Shut Down Fundraiser

14/10/2010

 

 

Can you get by without social networks, just for 1 day?

Join us on Nov 1 to help people with autism.

Find out how at http://communicationshutdown.org

 

Picture Your Students Communicating with PECS - Autism Classroom Article

13/10/2010

 

 

Picture your students communicating with PECS

By, Dr. Andy Bondy

Want to help your student’s acquire the power of functional communication? Then you should consider using the Picture Exchange Communication System™ (PECS), an evidence-based alternative/augmentative communication system that is used around the world. It can be used with children under the age of 2 and has been effectively used with adults as well. PECS is very helpful in getting functional communication going with very young children who may have no means of communication and has also served to improve the complexity of language skills in those who have some speech. The protocol of PECS is based upon the work of BF Skinner in his account of language called Verbal Behavior. This approach looks at particular units of language and how they are functionally related to events in the student's life. This analysis can help everyone in the classroom - the SLP, the teacher, the paraprofessionals and other professionals as well- do what they’d like most to do- create more effective language lessons. The PECS protocol has been demonstrated to be readily learned and accurately implemented by all staff.

How to initiate communication is a major difficulty for young children with autism, and thus PECS begins by first addressing this challenge. This is done in part by taking advantage of teaching them to request things or events they like. Two trainers are used for a short time to assure that the child does not become prompt dependent. After this initial phase the child is taught to use the system with different people- including peers!, in different locations, about different items and to persist through common issues such as the teacher being far away or paying attention to someone else. They become persistent communicators over varying distances and various situations. Then the child is taught to discriminate between pictures- often at first between an item that is highly rewarding versus something that is non-preferred. (To be honest, discrimination may be difficult for some children so we have developed a number of distinct but highly effective teaching strategies.) Next, children are taught to create simple sentences, (i.e., “I want pencil!”) and expand vocabulary by adding various attributes- “I want blue pencil.” In this way, many children learn to request by color, size, or shape before even learning to respond to “Give me the big pencil.” Learning to request to get something desired is usually more motivating than learning to respond to an instruction. Children then learn to respond to simple questions before learning how to comment on things and events around them. Research also has shown that children can use their current set of pictures to improvise in order to ask for things even when they don’t have the specific picture for that item.

Children who learn to communicate via PECS demonstrate many additional benefits. Many children almost immediately display fewer behavior management problems. Many show improvements of social approach and interaction, including with peers. There is mounting evidence that PECS helps in the acquisition and use of speech and has never been shown to interfere with speech development or use. Of course, no person or system can guarantee that a child who has no speech will acquire functional speech but PECS has been shown to help in this area for most children.

The effectiveness of PECS is attested to by over 85 publications from over 15 countries- most of these within the past 5 years. Pyramid Educational Consultants, with offices in nine different countries, is currently the only providers of certified training and provides the only means by which staff can become Certified PECS Implementers or PECS Supervisors. Pyramid also provides a variety of workshops about PECS and effective educational strategies, including behavior management, how to set up a functionally oriented classroom, as well as providing direct consultation to classrooms and programs. Pyramid also has created a wide array of materials that make life within the classroom easier for everyone- from durable PECS communication books, the CDs filled with pictures, to schedules that can be put up anywhere, to materials to help commenting and language expansion lessons. The consultants within Pyramid represent various areas including behavior analysis, psychology, special education, speech/language pathology and other areas that directly relate to classroom involvement.

Pyramid Educational Consultants is a company with heart, on a global mission to improve the lives of those with autism, other related developmental disabilities, and the families and professionals who work with these individuals. In a very short time, Pyramid Educational Consultants has helped thousands of families, professionals and learners of all ages. It is looking forward to continued growth in the coming years and the opportunity to help even more people worldwide.
 

You can read Dr. Bondy's article at the Autism Classroom Magazine website by visiting our links page at www.pecs.com
or by
clicking here

 

 

 

 

 

Pyramid-PECS Message Board

13/10/2010

 

Join thousands of other members on the Pyramid-PECS Message Board!

Our online message board is a great way to connect with the worldwide PECS community. Share success stories, post PECS implementaton questions, learn about the newest PECS strategies and offer assistance to other PECS users.

Join today at http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/pyramid-pecs

 

 

Pyramid Newsletter: Issue 3 - Septemeber 2010

30/09/2010

 

 

Pyramid Australia Newsletter - Issue 3: September, 2010

 

We hope you enjoy Pyramid Australia's third newsletter for 2010!

In order to keep high quality content in our newsletters, we will now be issuing the newsletter quarterly.
Our final newsletter for 2010 will be our bumper Christmas issue, which will include the first of
Sophie's answers to our readers' questions.

If you would like to submit a question for Sophie, or would like to subscribe to the newsletter distribution,
please email Narelle at ncullen@pecs.com

 

Visit www.pecs.com and click on the Support & News tab to read Issue 3

 

 

 

 

 

Find It Beanbags Now Available!

18/09/2010

 

 

Our Find It Beanbag Activities Are Back!
 

Find It Beanbag Activities are available in both a Food and Animal theme.
 

     
 

Our theme-based beanbags designed for students to hold and explore. Each bag contains several hidden objects that encourage fine-motor manipulation and commenting. With the help from the teacher, students can poke, prod and shake the bags, and as the pellets shift, new objects are revealed in the see-through window. With each ever-changing glimpse, students can use the included Activity Board and pictures to comment on what they see. Each kit contains a beanbag made of soft velour, 15 different items in each beanbag, an Activity Board with hook Velcro® to use with the corresponding vocabulary, Sentence Starters, a large Sentence Strip™ and a detailed activity plan with expansion activities.

Please click the below link for more information on our Find It Beanbag Activities:

Australian Online Store - PECS Activities
New Zealand Online Store - PECS Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Workshop Information Now Online

08/09/2010

 

 

Pyramid 2011 Workshop Information Now Online

You can now register and pay for Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia's 2011 workshops online

It is as easy as choosing the workshop you wish to attend and filling in your registration and billing details. You will then be directed to PayPal where you can pay your workshop fees.

Click here to visit our Workshops Listing page
 


You can also print a registration form and send it in to us,
or just fill out the registration form online and click the submit button.

Click here for our registration forms

 

 

 

 

 

Purchasing Products Using FaHCSIA Funding

25/08/2010

 

 

 

Purchasing Products Using Your FaHCSIA Funding
 

Products which are required for a child's intervention program may be purchased using FaHCSIA funding. These products must be used directly by the child as part of an intervention program currently being accessed under the
Helping Children with Autism package.
Up to 35% of FaHCSIA funding can be used on appropriate resources to a maximum of $4200.00 in total

 

For information on how to order products using your funding,
please click on the below link and scroll down to the Products section

FaHCSIA - Products

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshops Filling Fast!

18/08/2010

 

 

 

Our October PECS Basic Training Workshops are filling quickly.

Please register early to avoid missing out!

 

Sydney - 18th & 19th October, 2010:  PECS Basic Training Workshop
Melbourne - 22st & 22nd October, 201: PECS Basic Training Workshop

 

To register and pay online using PayPal, please click on the appropriate link below:

Sydney PECS Basic Training Workshop - October, 2010
Melbourne PECS Basic Training Workshop - October, 2010

 

To register by fax, mail or email, please download a registration form by clicking this link

 

 

 

 

 

 

PECS Basic Training to be held in Cairns

16/08/2010

 

 

Hurry, registrations closing soon!

 

Good News for those in the Cairns region!

Pyramid Educational Consultants are sponsoring a

PECS Basic Training Workshop in Cairns
on September 2 & 3, 2010

The workshop will be held at
Wuchopperen Health Service
13 Moignard Street
Manoora, Cairns

Families with access to FaHCSIA funding may use this funding for their workshop fees.

If you would like further information, or would like to register for this workshop please click on the below link.
 

PECS BASIC TRAINING WORKSHOP - CAIRNS - SEPTEMBER, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PECS Newsletter - Issue 2: July, 2010

30/07/2010

 

Pyramid Australia Newsletter - Issue 2: July, 2010

Visit www.pecs.com and click on the Support & News tab to read the Pyramid Australia Newsletter.

You can subscribe to the newsletter by emailing SUBSCRIBE to ncullen@pecs.com

 

 

 

 

Pyramid Australia Newsletter - Issue 2: July, 2010

 

Victorian Autism Conference, 2010

29/07/2010

 

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia P/L

will be at the

 

VICTORIAN AUTISM CONFERENCE - 2010
Promoting Positive Practice Across The Spectrum

at Rydges Bell City Hotel in Preston

Thursday the 5th and Friday the 6th of August 2010.

www.victorianautismconference.com.au

 

The Victorian Autism Conference will attract 2000 participants; 500 in metropolitan Melbourne and 1500 across regional Victoria. In a first of its kind, this two day event will be streamed live across the state to a number of ‘satellite’ centres to facilitate the participation of these regional delegates. Targeted at families, individuals and professionals with an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), the conference aims to provide practical strategies and information to enhance the quality of life of families and individuals affected by ASD.


Pyramid Australia’s Clinical Director, Sophie Kerr will be presenting a PECS Overview at 3:30pm on Thursday 5th August, 2010 as part of the “Primary Age” category at the Victorian Autism Conference. If you are attending on Thursday, please download a program at the conference website for details.


Pyramid will also have a stall at the conference where we will be giving away PECS prize packs and will have some of our products on display. Sophie and Erin will be at our stall for the two days, so please pop in and say hello, they would love to see you there!
 

 

 

 

Lesson Plans now available as a download

06/07/2010

 

The Pyramid Approach: Lesson Plans for Young Children - Volume One

Now available as a download from our online stores.

You can purchase the download by visiting our online store, please click on the below link.
Download option only available when your purchase is made using PayPal
 

Lesson Plans Download - Australian Store - AUD$38.50 (inc GST)
Lesson Plans Download - New Zealand Store - NZD$49.00 (inc GST)

 

 

 

 

Woodbury School PECS Basic Training

09/06/2010

Woodbury School are holding a PECS Basic Training Workshop on the 3rd & 4th July, 2010.

 

This workshop is open to everyone, so if you missed out on the last PECS Basic Training held in Sydney, here is your chance to attend.

Please visit Woodbury School's PECS Training page for details on workshop costs, location and times at http://sites.google.com/site/woodburypecstraining/Home

To register, please download a registration form from the Woodbury School website (under the "PECS Workshop Information" tab), and email it to ncullen@pecs.com

Good news if you have FaHCSIA funding - you can attend this workshop using your HCWA funding. 
Please note that workshop fees will be deducted from your funding AFTER COMPLETION OF THE WORKSHOP.

 

PECS Newsletter - Issue 1: May 2010

13/05/2010

Pyramid Australia Newsletter

Visit www.pecs.com and click on the Support & News tab to read the first issue of the Pyramid Australia Newsletter.

You can subscribe to the newsletter by emailing SUBSCRIBE to ncullen@pecs.com

 

Pyramid Australia Newsletter - Issue 1: May 2010

 

 

Pyramid Educational Consultants Introduces Newest Addition to Pyramid Approach Series

14/04/2010

Pyramid Educational Consultants Introduces Newest Addition to
Pyramid Approach Series

Pyramid Educational Consultants (www.pecs.com), the world’s premier educational developmental training organisation, is pleased to announce the successful launch of its new Pyramid Approach Basic Training and the dates for future training sessions.

Developed by Pyramid’s co-founder, Andy Bondy, Ph.D., and associates Amanda Reed, B.App. Sc., M.A., Anthony Castrogiovanni, Ph.D., and Anne Overcash, M.Ed., the newest of the Pyramid Approach Series training programs – The Pyramid Approach Basic Training – was launched on January 25 and 26, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The program was an immediate success with participants.

Tailored for teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, paraprofessionals, and parents, caregivers, and others who work with individuals who have special learning needs, the new Pyramid Approach Basic Training that focuses on the Pyramid Approach to Education provides a comprehensive framework for establishing effective learning environments – anywhere and everywhere – and the foundation for a positive environment for growth. The Pyramid Approach Basic Training emphasises how to teach, rather than simply what to teach. The net result of this process is a high-level learning outcome that encourages independence and cooperation, improves behaviour, and reinforces communication in the home, school and the community.

The Pyramid Approach Basic Training is perfect for anyone who wants to better understand how individuals learn – and therefore how to teach them. Using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), the Pyramid Approach to Education emphasises the importance of functional objectives that directly address skills the learner needs to perform in his or her daily environment, and provides powerful reinforcement systems to promote learning and performance of those skills. In addition, the Pyramid Approach to Education focuses on the management of contextually inappropriate behaviours.

Participants that attend the Pyramid Approach Basic Training learn about:
• Using motivational strategies and powerful reinforcers
• Teaching functional communication skills
• Creating opportunities for learning
• Teaching techniques (prompts, shaping, correcting errors)
• Managing challenging behaviour
• Evaluating Progress

As part of the Pyramid Approach Basic Training, each participant receives a free copy of The Pyramid Approach to Education in Autism, by Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Beth Sulzer-Azaroff, Ph.D.

 


The Pyramid Approach Basic Training consists of thirteen contact hours spread across two-days. The schedule for the remainder of the year is now set for:

Melbourne, Victoria - 6th & 7th May, 2010
Sydney, New South Wales - 13th & 14th September, 2010
Brisbane, Queensland - 16th & 17th September, 2010
Auckland, New Zealand - 20th & 21st September, 2010

 

For more information or to sign up for any session, contact Erin Hobbin, at ehobbin@pecs.com or call +61 3 93916122. To host this training onsite, contact Erin Hobbin. To register and securely pay for a workshop online, visit www.pecs.com and click on the training tab

About Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia
Pyramid Educational Consultants is a leader in training and products that focus on the initiation of communication and design of effective educational environments. The Pyramid Approach Series includes Training and Seminars, Self-Study, Consultation, and Certification. The mission of Pyramid Educational Consultants is to provide exceptional behaviour analytic and communication consultation and training to support educators, professionals, families and caretakers in teaching and caring for individuals with learning difficulties. Functional and practical interventions using the full spectrum of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are used to teach individuals how to communicate, function independently, and be successful in their schools, homes, places of employment, and community.
 

 

New Product - Standard Insert Page Dividers

06/04/2010

We have added Standard Insert Page Dividers to our Australian and New Zealand online stores


Standard Insert Page Dividers – Set of six

The Standard Insert Page Dividers are made of thick, durable polyvinyl. Each page measures 21.5cm x 16.5cm.
The Pages are sold in a set of six. Each set includes an assortment of colours and have a uniquely located colour-coded tab for easy page turning.  Velcro® sold separately.


Also available are our original Standard Insert Pages (without tabs), which are sold in sets of five – please see Standard Insert Pages (LIPG)
 

 

 

PECS in Saudi Arabia

11/03/2010

PECS in Saudi Arabia

In mid February, Gary Dadd and Louise Malkin from Pyramid Educational Consultants UK presented a PECS Basic Training in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A news article about PECS and the training was printed in the Arab News on February 16th. Below are links to the news article in English and Arabic.


Article printed in the Arab News (16 Feb, 2010) - English

Article printed in the Arab News (16 Feb, 2010) - Arabic

 

 

Register Online for Workshops

10/03/2010

You can now register for our workshops online!

You can now register and pay for Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia's workshops ONLINE!

It is as easy as choosing the workshop you wish to attend and filling in your registration and billing details.  You will then be directed to PayPal where you can pay your workshop fees.

 

NEW-PECS Related Research

09/03/2010

NEW-PECS Related Research Available

Our Research page has been updated to include 19 NEW research publications related to PECS. The complete list of new publications is listed below.

For more information or to view the full list of PECS Related Research, please click here.

Carre A., Le Grice, B., Blampied, N., & Walker, D. (2009). Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) Training for young children: Does training transfer to school and to home? Behaviour Change, 26, 54-65.

Carre A., Le Grice, B., Blampied, N., & Walker, D. (2009). Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) Training for young children: Does training transfer to school and to home? Behaviour Change, 26, 54-65.

Chaabane, D., Alber-Morgan, S., & DeBar, R. (2009). The effects of parent-implemented PECS training on improvisation of mands by children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 671-677.
Conklin, C. & Mayer, G.R. (2010). Effects of implementing the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) with adults with developmental disabilities and severe communication deficits. Remedial and Special Education (Online First).
Dooley, P., Wilczenski, F. & Torem, C. (2009). Using an activity schedule to smooth school transitions. Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions, 3. 57-61.
Fillipin, M., Reszka, S. & Watson, L. (2010). Effectiveness of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) on communication and speech for children with autism spectrum disorders: A Metanalysis. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. (Online version).

Fujimoto, Y. & Isawa, S. (2007). The practical study on approach to secondary disorders in student with autistic disorder at school for children with mental retardation: Effect of individualized schedule and applied PECS, Hattatsu Shinri Rinsyo Kenkyu, 13, 129-135.
Ganz, J., Sigafoos, J., Simpson, R., & Cook, K. (2008). Generalization of a picture alternative communication system across instructors and distance. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 24, 89-99.
Hart, S. & Banda, D. (2009). Picture Exchange Communication System with individuals with developmental disabilities: A meta-analysis of single subject studies. Remedial and Special Education (Online First), XX, 1-13.

Isshiki, M., Ishiyama, A., Yoshida, S., Hisatake, Y., & Terada, S. (2008). A complex effect of PECS and cognition intervention for autism spectrum disorder, Bulletin of the Faculty of Education, Kochi University, 68, 73-82
Jurgens, A., Anderson, A. & Moore, D. (2009). The effect of teaching PECS to a child with autism verbal beahviour, play, and social functioning. Behavior Change, 26, 66-81.

Kuma, H., Takeuchi, Y., Hara, Y., Naoi, N., Yamamoto, J., Takahashi, K., Iijima, K., Saito, U., Watanabe, S., Haramaki, S., & Bondy, A. (2009). On Current Research and Practice on Autism and Communication in Japan, Japanese Journal of Behavior Analysis, 24, 82-101.
Kuramitsu, A. Tyou, K. & Sonoyama, S. (2008). Shaping Mand Behavior by Home-based Communication Training Using PECS for a Child with Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Japanese Journal of Disability Science, 32, 159-171.
Lerna, A., Esposito, D., Russo, L. & Massagli, A. (2009). The efficacy of the PECS for improving the communicative, relational and social skills in children with autistic disorder: Preliminary results. European Psychiatry, 24, Supplement 1.

Park, J.H. (2009). The effects of mother-implemented Picture Exchange Communication System training on spontaneous communicative behaviors of young children with autism spectrum disorders. (Doctoral Dissertation, Ohio State University).

Parker, A.T. (2009). Measuring an adapted form of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) for young children with visual impairments and developmental disabilities. Doctoral Dissertation, Texas Tech University. http://etd.lib.ttu.edu/theses/available/etd-06032009-203503

Preissler, M.A. (2008). Associative learning of pictures and words by low-functioning children with autism. Autism, 12, 231-248.
Preston, D, & Carter, M. (2009). A review of the efficacy of the Picture Exchange Communication System Intervention. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 39, 1471-1486.

Stahmer, A. & Ingersoll, B., (2004). Inclusive programming for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders: Outcomes from the Children’s Toddler School. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 6, 67-84.
 

 

Alice Springs Consults Available

18/02/2010

Pyramid Australia's consultant Sophie Kerr will be available for consultations in

Alice Springs from 13th May, 2010 through to 16th May, 2010.
 

To make an appointment with Sophie, you can either email us, or call us directly on 03 93916122.

Click here for more information on Sophie Kerr

 

 

 

NEW Mini Sets, Help and Break cards

17/02/2010

Our new and improved Mini Sets, Help cards and Break cards are now manufactured with a special
protective UV coating. 
The protective coating makes our cards more durable, enabling them to withstand constant handling for even longer.
 

If you would like to order any of our cards, or any other products online, please click one of the links below:

Australia & Asia Online Store
New Zealand Online Store

 

You can send us feedback about our new cards by emailing us

 

 

Pyramid Australia now on Facebook!

03/02/2010

 


Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia now have a page on Facebook.

We invite you all to become a friend, please click this link to visit our page.

 

 

 

 

February PECS Basic Training Workshops filling fast!

28/01/2010

The PECS Basic Training Workshops to be held in February are filling quickly! 
Register now to avoid missing out on a place in the following workshops:

- Melbourne PECS Basic Training Workshop to be held on the 15th & 16th February, 2010
- Brisbane PECS Basic Training Workshop to be held on the 18th & 19th February, 2010
 

Click this link to download a registration form

 

The NEW Pyramid Approach Basic Training Workshop

25/01/2010

Register now to receive an Early Bird Discount

Pyramid Approach Basic Training Workshop

The Pyramid Approach to Education is a comprehensive framework for establishing effective learning environments. Through the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), this approach provides the foundation for a positive environment for growth. The Pyramid emphasises how to teach, rather than simply what to teach, in order to maximise an individual's learning outcomes.....

click here for the full workshop description and workshop dates

 

Pics for PECS 2010 Upgrade now available for download

20/01/2010

Do you have the Pics for PECS™ 2009© CD and want access to the latest pictures included on the Pics for PECS™ 2010© CD? Now you can get the newest Pics for PECS™ pictures for a fraction of the price in just a matter of minutes!

The Pics for PECS™ 2010 Upgrade© is available for download and includes more than 250 NEW picture symbols to complete your Pics for PECS™ collection. All images are ultra high-resolution jpg images for use in communication books, schedules, activity boards, visual reinforcement systems, or wherever you use visual strategies. New images included in the 2010 upgrade package include personal care items, community workers, reinforcers for older learners and foods. Look for “craisins”, “video game system”, “muesli”, “it hurts”, and “I’m bleeding”. The Pics for PECS™ 2010 Upgrade© package includes the new 2010 images, a comprehensive picture dictionary and wordlist..

This product is available for download only! The Pics for PECS™ 2010 Upgrade© is intended for customers who currently own the Pics for PECS™ 2009© CD and wish to purchase only the newest 250+ ultra high resolution picture symbols included on the Pics for PECS™ 2010© CD. If you own an earlier version of the Pics for PECS™ CD, you may still purchase the Pics for PECS™ 2010 Upgrade© for download. However, the upgrade will include only new picture symbols that have been added for the 2010 edition of our CD.

Please Note:  Download available only with payment via PayPal
 

Click here to order from our Australia & Asia Shop
Click here to order from our New Zealand Shop

 

Pics for PECS 2010 now on Sale!

19/01/2010

Our 9th version of Pics for PECS™. This year's CD has over 200 new images for a total of over 2400! The images are all high -resolution jpg images for use in communication books, schedules, activity boards, visual reinforcement systems or wherever you use visual strategies. New images this year include more personal care items, community workers, reinforcers for older students and foods. Look for "craisins", "video game system", "muesli"," It hurts" and "I'm bleeding". We include a comprehensive picture dictionary of every symbol on the CD and grids for using the pictures in Microsoft Word® format.

Click here to order from our Australia & Asia Shop
Click here to order from our New Zealand Shop

 

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