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  FDLRS / FIN Action Resource Center


Picture Exchange Communications System (PECS): Level 2

11/30/2022, 12/1/2022 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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This is a 2 Day Course, you must attend both days for receive credit


Registration open through 11/29/2022 11:59 PM

Seats Available: 10


Prerequisite: Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1


Target Audience:


Course Objective:

  • Identify the six phases of the PECS protocol
  • Analyze common difficulties with PECS implementation
  • Generate solutions to common challenges with implementing PECS
  • Provide communication opportunities across the day in all activities
  • Implement specific strategies for teaching advanced language concepts


Course Description: This two-day training focuses on creating lessons and activities to promote communication throughout the day. Beginning with a review of the Pyramid Approach to Education as it relates to PECS, we guide you in refining your PECS implementation and discuss current challenges you have experienced within the six phases. As you acquire teaching strategies on expanding vocabulary and syntax combined with new ideas for materials, we will discuss how to increase communication opportunities for your learner. Throughout the training, you will be provided with presenter demonstrations, video examples and opportunities to role-play. With innovative ideas, increased confidence and renewed enthusiasm, you will leave the PECS Level 2 Training ready to move PECS users to more sophisticated levels of communication.


Implementation Activity: Student engagement pre- and post- data are required prior to receiving 20 ESE/SWD inservice credits


Follow-up Method: Email communication throughout the implementation period.


If you have any questions related to this course please contact: Mia Laudato: mia.laudato@fdlrsaction.org




Jo-Anne Matteo

Jo-Anne B. Matteo began her career as a public school speech-language pathologist in Connecticut in 1980. She received her B.A. in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State College in 1979, her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University in 1980, and an advanced degree in Administration and Supervision from Southern Connecticut State University in 1983. As a special education administrator since 1994, she has been involved in staff and program development.

She is the founder of a public school program for preschool and elementary children who present significant special needs in the areas of communication, cognitive, social, behavioral and motor disabilities. These students have been using PECS to improve functional communication skills while they take part in a classroom that has been implementing the Pyramid Approach to Education.

Jo-Anne has worked in this program as the speech-language pathologist and the program coordinator. Jo-Anne has presented extensively at various conferences and workshops to parents and professionals in the areas of speech-language development, functional communication and program design. She is also an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.



Amy Tirado, M.S., CCC-SLP

Amy graduated from St. Joseph’s College  with a double-major Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education and Speech Communication. She received a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Long Island University. 


 She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is also certified in Elementary Education (grades K-6) and Exceptional Student Education (grades K-12). 


 Prior to becoming an SLP, Amy taught in general and special education classrooms.  She has practiced speech-language pathology for 10 years in public schools, private schools, and clinical settings. She has provided services to children and adults ranging from age 3 to 21 with mild to significant disabilities including a variety of speech and language delays/ disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, hearing impairments and visual impairments. She specializes in the use of a variety of assistive technology in the classroom and provided leadership and guidance to district leadership and IEP teams in consideration of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and instructional technology to assist students with disabilities to access the curriculum.  She has been trained in and used PECS (Levels 1 and 2) with her students in addition to a variety of other AAC systems.


 Her role at FDLRS  is Technology Resource Specialist.  She facilitates, coaches, and empowers educators, SLPs and families on the successful implementation of technology to improve communication and academic outcomes for students with disabilities.

Mia Laudato, MS Ed

Mia Laudato graduated from the University of Miami with a Master’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education specializing in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavioral Disorders.

She is certified in K-12 Exceptional Student Education (ESE), K-6 General Education, Autism (ASD),English as Second Language Learners (ESOL), and Pre-K ESE endorsements.

She has taught students from Pre-K through college in inclusive and separate classroom settings. Her love of teaching students with Autism and related disorders and passion for using assistive technologies to create successful learners, contributed to her being recognized by Orange County as a district top five finalist for Teacher of the Year 2016. She is PECs 1& 2 trained and has worked (and continues to work with) with a variety of assistive and instructional technologies. She currently provides professional development and coaching support for teachers, therapists, administrators and staff on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Instructional and Assistive Technology (AT), Accommodations, Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), IEP Goal Writing, Data Collection, ASD, teaching students with Significant Disabilities and more.

Her role at FDLRS is Technology and Learning Resource Specialist. She is passionate about serving and supporting school personnel in designing accessible and inclusive environments which remove barriers to learning in order to create successful learning environments that honor all students.



Inservice Points: Points - 20


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