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MAIER PD: Overview of PECS and the Pyramid Approach: Creating Effective Teaching Environments

February 29, 2016

Speaker: Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC/SLP, CAGS, BCBA
Clinical Director
PECS/ Pyramid Trainer and Supervisor
Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.

Session begins at 9am and ends by 3:30pm. Sign-in opens at 8:30am.
Thomas College, 180 West River Road, Waterville, ME 04901, United States

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This overview is appropriate for all members of the educational team who would like to learn about the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). This talk begins with a brief overview of the Pyramid Approach to Education. The Pyramid is a model commonly used for creation of effective educational environments. Next, each of the six phases of PECS will be described and/or demonstrated. Videos of PECS in action will be presented to the group. Outcome data will be provided, including a brief discussion on transitioning from PECS to speech and/or Speech Generating Devices (SGD). The training will conclude with review and analysis of common myths associated with PECS. Please note that this is an overview only and is not intended as a training workshop.

Catherine Horton is dually-certified as both a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She went on to earn a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire. Catherine has earned the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from the University of New England.  Most recently, Catherine has also completed all requirements for certification as a behavior analyst.  Prior to her employment with Pyramid Educational Consultants, Catherine worked as a speech language pathologist providing therapy to children with significant special needs in hospital, group home and school settings. Catherine has been a consultant at Pyramid for over 10 years. She currently provides trainings regarding PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education to parents and professionals across the United States. Catherine also consults to educational teams across the country, focusing on the development of functional communication systems and effective educational environments for students with special needs. She has also published literature in both Focus on Autism and the Autism Advocate. Catherine has a wealth of expertise in working with students with developmental disabilities and is passionate about her work.

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February 29, 2016
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Deborah Rooks-Ellis


Thomas College, Spann Student Commons
180 West River Rd
Waterville, ME 04901 United States
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