Bryce's Instructional Plan: Part 1

Bryce's Instructional Plan: Part 1

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  • Bryce is a 5-year old who is non-verbal and exhibits aggressive behavior. How can we give Bryce a "voice"? The AT Team met and decided to implement a PECS to support Bryce's communication deficits. By using a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Bryce will develop the ability to communicate his needs, wants, and ideas about academic content.
  • Before implementing PECS, the speech and language pathologist needs to assess current communication skills and needs. Prepare pictures/symbols and books based on the pre-assessment.  
  • Complete reinforcer sampling to determine how to best reinforce Bryce for using PECS.
  • Prepare formative assessments to administer during each of the six phases of the PECS implementation. Also prepare a summative assessment to evaluate whether Bryce's learning objectives have been met after learning the six phases of PECS.
  • Implement Phase 1: Teaching the Physically Assisted Exchange. When Bryce reaches for a high-interest item, picks up the picture card, hands the card to the communicative partner, and acquires the high-interest item, he is ready for Phase 2. 
  • Implement Phase 2: Expanding Spontaneity. Bryce will  increase spontaneity and generalization of the picture exchange. When Bryce is traveling to the communicative partner and the communication book, he is ready for Phase 3. 
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