I think any teacher who uses PECS or works with students with autism has this question. How in the world do you keep all of your PECS pictures organized?
They offer some suggestions at the training and ask you to share any bright ideas you have, but really I think it all comes down to what kind of space you have in your classroom and what system works best for you.
At the beginning of the school year I printed, cut, laminated, and cut again 500+ PECS pictures. I knew I would have students on visual schedules and I knew I would be starting PECS with about 5 students. I am so glad that I prepped that many pictures to start. I love having them ready as soon as I need them, but I had to figure out a storage system.
I found these containers at a Big Lots and new right away they would be perfect. I tried to organize them in a way that fit our needs and just used some masking tape to label them. I'm sure there is a cuter way to have them labeled (and we all know I would love that) but for now, this is working.
Yes, I've had to print more pictures since the start of the year, and just this weekend I have printed 430 food PECS! I always print multiples of each picture so I have them if they get lost, or another student needs them, etc. Now, I just hope Big Lots has more of these containers because I have no idea where I'm going to store all of these food pictures.
I also keep velcro pre-cut on hand. This also helps if I need a picture last minute. I grab it, and then grab the piece of velcro I need and I'm all set.
But now I'm super curious about what systems you use! Please share your systems or ideas by commenting below! While I love the system I have now, we might out grow it. I'm going to need back up ideas! :)