Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Effectiveness of the Picture Exchange Communication System as a Functional Communication Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Practice-Based Research Synthesis

Tien, K.-C. (2008).
Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 43(1), 61-76.
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  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • No Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
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  • Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

Article Details

Description

This is a review of the evidence investigating the effectiveness of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) for improving functional communication in individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Questions/Aims Addressed

The aim of this review was to verify the effectiveness of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) for improving the functional communication skills of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Population

Children with autism spectrum disorder

Intervention/Assessment

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Number of Studies Included

13

Years Included

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Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Treatment

"Taken as a whole ... [the] results of the studies reviewed provide evidence for the effectiveness of [the Picture Exchange Communication System] PECS; specifically, PECS is effective in enhancing functional communication skills of individuals with ASD. Therefore, PECS is recommended as an evidence-based intervention for this purpose" (p. 74).

Keywords: Age, Diagnosis/Condition, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), School-Age Children, Young Children (Preschool), PECS/General Picture Exchange, Social Communication, Speech and Language, Picture Cards, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

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Treatment

"Taken as a whole ... [the] results of the studies reviewed provide evidence for the effectiveness of [the Picture Exchange Communication System] PECS; specifically, PECS is effective in enhancing functional communication skills of individuals with ASD. Therefore, PECS is recommended as an evidence-based intervention for this purpose" (p. 74).

Keywords: Age, Diagnosis/Condition, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), School-Age Children, Young Children (Preschool), PECS/General Picture Exchange, Social Communication, Speech and Language, Picture Cards, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

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