Brief Report: Increasing Communication Skills for an Elementary-Aged Student with Autism Using the Picture Exchange Communication System

  • Tamara R. Kravits
  • Debra M. Kamps
  • Katie Kemmerer
  • Jessica Potucek


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) on the spontaneous communication skills of a 6-year-old girl with autism across her home and school environments. The effects of the PECS were also examined for social interaction. Results indicated increases in spontaneous language (i.e., requests and comments) including use of the icons and verbalizations across those settings in which PECS was implemented. Intelligible verbalizations increased in two of three settings, and changes in peer social interaction were noted in one of the two school settings.

Picture Exchange Communication System augmentative communication peer training 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tamara R. Kravits
    • 1
  • Debra M. Kamps
    • 1
  • Katie Kemmerer
    • 2
  • Jessica Potucek
    • 3
  1. 1.Juniper Gardens Children's ProjectUniversity of KansasKansas City
  2. 2.Autism Training CenterUniversity of LouisvilleLouisville
  3. 3.Project S.A.I.L.Kansas City

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