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So happy that Little Man has taken to using the PECS cards to make his thoughts known.  Most often, it is to ask for something.  I also use them to give him the opportunity to make choices.

One area that needs a lot of work though is for me to make new good cards.  Unless away from home, we eat a diet that is mostly vegan foods.  Sadly, there are many ethnic foods, in example, which there are no PECS cards for.  I am now taking pictures to make my own cards.

To make the cards, I first take pictures to upload to my computer. I open up my word processing program and make a grid 4 squares across by 5 does down.  This yields 20 catds per page. The squares are 2″x 2″in size. 

I then insert and size to fit a picture in each square.  I leave enough room so rhat i can label each picture.

The page is printed onto cardstock. The squares are cut out. I then place the cards on a lamination pouch, spacing them evenly.  Upon laminating, I cut out each square along with a sliver of laminate border in place.

Once cut, I place either the rough side of hook and loop tape on the back of each square.  These are then stored in trading card sheet protectors, organized by category.

Another option is to use the magnet tape.  I use the magnet tape for routine cards. 

I keep a small binder that held half sized pages that were laminated and had strips of the fuzzy side of Velcro attached.  I have cards that I made to represent pictures of bariou food menu items.  When we go out to eat, I have a ready supply of cards for each restaurant. Little Man then is able to choose the meal he wants.

On our wall, I have a magnetic message board.  I have a second set of cards with his favorite foods and snacks. I place onto the message board the food choices that he has for the day.  I also have a “change diaper” card on the board.  A piece of the magnet tape is all that is needed to keep them in place on the board.

Now, as I am ready to serve a meal, I take a picture of the meal. As soon as I have enough to full a sheet, I make the cards. Little Man is able to make choices and is happier during mealtimes. 

 

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