.......or anyone else with ideas about this? I've got a new 4th grader this year and he seems to be "sort of" trained in PECS. By this I mean he will independently make requests when prompted with "what do you want?" He is used to leaving his book in one place, and requires direction to go to his book before making a request. He also hates, hates, HATES to be touched or to have people stand too close to him, and he hates having things pointed at. I've only worked with him for a week, but he seems so far very verbally prompt dependent. He can read well, so I've made some color-coded cue cards for "get your communication book" and "what do you want?" I've also got a written checklist at his independent work station and on his schedule book that says, "get your communication book." Any further ideas on how to work on initiation, and taking his book with him? Also, I would appreciate ideas for teaching low kids how to take their books with them/use in situations that are less structured. My kids are rock stars at using PECS in snack, choice time/leisure, even some group stuff (commenting, etc.) but the hurdle we can't seem to get over is using them in novel situations. Its like they don't get that they can. Also. I'm sort of kicking around the idea of combining schedule/PECS book for my 4th grader, for the simple fact of him not having to carry around 2 binders everywhere. He's already used to portable visual schedule, so this seems to make sense. Any thoughts on whether this is a good/bad idea and why? Thanks!