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Ms. Hessing from Cleveland OH is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pick a PECS

My students need the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) software and accompanying communication book with straps to have visual aids for communication needs.

  • $174 goal

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My Students

Eight 3 and 4-year-olds bustle around a busy classroom, exploring the world around them, manipulating materials and learning through play and participation in carefully planned learning experiences.

All of these mini-scholars are exceptional students and none of them lack curiosity.

This is what happens in both sessions (morning and afternoon) of my half-day preschool classroom. This is the first school experience for many of my students, who represent a ethnically diverse low income neighborhood where 100% of the school's students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

My Project

My students are in need of visual aids to help them communicate in the classroom and to interact with their world. Some of my students are non-verbal. This means that they do not communicate verbally with their peers or adults. The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a systematic way to teach a child how to communicate with someone else by handing them a picture of what they want. This program was originally designed for children with autism but can be used for other non-verbal children as well. This program is intended to provide an alternative means of communication for a child who is unable to speak with his mouth. It is not a true form of speech for the child but an alternative means that will allow him to “speak” his thoughts even if his mouth won’t cooperate.

My nonverbal students could use picture exchange communication (PECS) to begin learning the function of communication, but the PECS software and communication book with straps are needed to create the visual aids needed to implement the PECS system.

Help my students become more interactive with their world. Communication is the foundation of a functional, fulfilling, and healthy life. You can give them the gift of communication!

Ms. Hessing
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 16 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
PICS FOR PECS® VERSION 15 CD ROM • Pyramid Educational Consultants $59.00 1 $59.00
COMMUNICATION BOOK • Pyramid Educational Consultants $32.00 1 $32.00
COMMUNICATION BOOK STRAP • Pyramid Educational Consultants $7.00 2 $14.00

Materials cost

$105.00

Vendor shipping charges

$10.50

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.58

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$147.08

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$25.96

Total project goal

$173.04

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$173.04

1 Donor

-$86.52

Donations toward project cost

-$73.54

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$12.98

match offer

-$86.52

Match offer toward project cost

-$73.54

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$12.98

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$0.00

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