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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

PECS Level 1 Trainings (virtual training)

Individuals who are nonverbal or have limited speech need a communication system they can start using right now. The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) provides an immediately useful method for requesting things, actions and people, in a way that requires and promotes social interaction. Using the principles of applied behavior analysis, PECS starts by teaching spontaneous requesting and as quickly as possible, moves on to responding to questions as well as commenting about things in the environment.

The OPI Montana Autism Education Project has a limited number of scholarships for virtual PECS Level 1 trainings. Because we will be hosting additional in-person trainings in PECS Level 1 and Teaching Critical Communication Skills, the virtual PECS Level 1 trainings are only available to educators who are in districts which are at least 90 miles from one of Montana’s seven largest cities. 

You can register here.


Things to Know: 

These trainings are only available to public school staff and contracted speech-language providers. 

You must complete both days of the training. Trainings are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the designated time zone. 

OPI renewal units (14) will be provided after verification from PECS that you have completed the training. 

A hardcopy PECS manual will be sent to you for the training. Training registration will close ~14 days before each training to allow for mail delivery of the PECS manual.  

If you have any questions, please email Doug Doty at ddoty@mt.gov.