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Picture Exchange Communication Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 8 pages | Grades: PK - 6

A set of basic Picture Exchange Communication (PEC) cards for children with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities.

What is a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)?

The Picture Exchange Communication System, or PECS, is used to teach students with limited functional communication skills to initiate conversations and interactions within a social context. It enables students (particularly those with autism) to be able to communicate a request or thought using a picture card.

How to Use This Resource in Your Classroom

Cut out these cards and use them to communicate with your nonverbal and minimally verbal students in accordance with the Picture Exchange Communication System.

The cards include:

  • objects
  • verbs
  • places
  • sensations/emotions
  • colors
  • useful words
  • page of blank squares for your own words


Before You Download

Use the Download button to download the PDF version of this resource. Print on cardstock for added durability.


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  • Julie Engelmann

    I used the picture communication cards for five of my English Language Learners. I made them little booklets and laminated the full pages for teaching.

    • Scott (Teach Starter)

      Excellent idea. Thank you for sharing Julie. I'm happy to hear that they have come in handy for you. Kind regards, Scott