What is a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)? PECS is a form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) which uses a picture/symbol system to teach initiation of functional communication. PECS was developed by Lori Frost and Andy Bondy in 1985 to be used with preschool children on the autism spectrum who demonstrated little to no […]
About Lauren Kastan
Lauren Kastan (M.S., CCC-SLP), a licensed speech-language pathologist, received a Master of Science degree in Speech, Language and Learning from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Lauren spent a year teaching English at an elementary school in Tel Aviv, Israel, which further fueled her love of language and passion for working with children. At Northwestern University, Lauren gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating an array of speech and language disorders in both children and adults. She gained clinician experience working with inpatients in acute care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, as well as with children in the Chicago Public Schools. Lauren is trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading program and holds a Professional Educator’s License through the state of Illinois. Lauren is passionate about helping children communicate to their full potential.
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“I Wove You!” For young children, substitutions of the /l/ sound are common, but when should ‘wove’ become ‘love’? The /l/ sound is characterized as one of the ‘late eight’ sounds or, the later developing sounds in English-speaking children. Research has shown that 90% of children master the /l/ sound by 6;0. (Data from Templin, […]