update: We may be taking down the “bath” PECS card, Emily suddenly wants to take a bath 15 times a day.
We have spent the last couple of years figuring out ways to help Emily communicate with us. We know that she will talk one day [the average for a C17 child to talk is about 6/7]…. but until that day we use a combination of sign language & PECS cards. We will also continue to use words. Emily understands words, she just can’t speak them.
My first post about PECS can be found, here.
Emily was introduced to PECS by her speech therapist about 2 years ago. If you have ever seen standard PECS cards, they are very small and were difficult for Emily to understand. She knows what the pictures are, but doesn’t really understand how to associate them with herself.
That is when I decided to take “real” pictures of things she was familiar with around our house. We started with some food items & her sippy cup.
Recently, I updated her PECS cards to include things like going outside, taking a bath, or going downstairs to the playroom. Normally she would just grab our hands and pull us where she wants….but…. I think it’s time to step up the communication. She is ready.
We keep one set in the playroom, one set on the kitchen fridge & we keep a set in her tote bag. I was going to make our PECS set available for you to download, but I think it’s a better idea if you take pictures of things your own child is familiar with around your house.
I attached small magnets to the ones on the fridge. For the playroom, I just bought one of those cute memo boards they make for kids rooms. The cards slip on and off easily. [Emily has a difficult time with Velcro.]