A few weeks ago, I went to a Make & Take night (where parents can go and get help making items to help their kids) at PA’s school. I chose to make cards to put into a PECS book (Picture Exchange Communication System) for her.
When it comes to food and meal times, we have much difficulty getting PA to eat. Several things come into play here. Her speech difficulties and getting her to use her words, but then understanding what she said is hard. Add to that her sensory issues it just equals to much frustration for her and for the rest of us in the family. Her teacher at school said they use the Picture Exchange Communication System to help the kids decide what they want for snack and PA does very well. I thought about that and then this opportunity came up so I had to do it.
These books are used for communication when a child is unable to tell you what they want. I am using the one I made for PA two ways. First in the way it was intended, because some days we just cannot understand her. So I have the typical pictures in the back for everyday things (tired, potty, brush hair, brush teeth etc.). In the front of the book I have all the foods she will eat or has eaten in the past. At this time, there are just 12 food items in the book. The past few weeks she is maybe eating five of the items. In the next few weeks, I will be getting more of the 2×2 cards done for the book.
I was chatting with PA’s teacher to get ideas for how I would put it together. They use overpriced heavy-duty binders. Apparently, they cost upwards of $50.00. I could have used a regular binder from the dollar store but I wanted something I could take with me. I looked for a week and just was not finding what I wanted. One night my husband needed to go to Office Depot for something so I tagged along. I started wandering the isles for anything I could use for the PECS book. I saw some business card holder books (4×8) and after thumbing through one of them, I decided maybe this would work. I did not want to spend a fortune and happen to find one on sale for 5 dollars. Even though it was not what I was looking for, I could not pass this up and had to try it.
I was lucky in that the school gave me all the Velcro I needed to hold the cards in the book. I took some pictures of it after I got it all put together. I know these books cost a lot of money. I was blessed to have this opportunity and got to thinking there has to be a less expensive more stylish way to do this. This is why I am sharing. It does not have to cost a lot of money.