More than 40 special education teachers, paraeducators, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and behavioral staff from Vacaville Unified, Travis Unified, Fairfield- Suisun Unified, and the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) attended a two-day advanced training on the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) at SCOE on October 16. The training was presented by Jo-Ann Matteo, M.A. CCC-SLP, a certified trainer from Pyramid Educational Consultants. Matteo has been working with SCOE programs for the last three years. Adding district partners was a focus of this year’s training. PECS integrates applied behavior analysis teaching and verbal behavior support for students who need specific training to communicate basic needs.