1Hasyim As’ari | 2Suriana | 3Hilmi Yumni
Autism children experiencing to the ability of understanding, communication, social interaction, patterns of play and sensory disorders, behavioral and emotional disorders including the ability knowledge / cognitive. The research proves visual learner method (media PECS) phase I – III to the improvement of cognitive abilities in children with autism. Experiment design using the design of posttest control group design, samples 18 of autistic children aged 6 -12 years in Aqil Chaleb Center Surabaya, Simple Random Sampling intruments using Standart Operational Procedur and observational, data analysis descriptive and test of Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test. Test of Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test p = 0.000 < α = 0.05, which means that there is influence of visual learner method (media PECS) phase I – III to the improvement of cognitive abilities in children with autism. Media PECS is easy to understand and reduce stress levels as a result of learning in children with autism thus reducing aggressive behavior and improve understanding / knowledge.
Therefore, the ongoing optimization of the role of society in Pecs method is mainly engaged in the field of services to children with autism so that cognitive abilities in children with autism is optimal.
Keywords: Visual learner method (media PECS) phase I – III, cognitive abilities, autism