Structured Work Systems in the Classroom and at Home

By Kim Howard, M.Ed.

As we swing into a new school year let’s take a look at one way we can provide children with autism the visual supports they need to learn new information. A research based strategy that is proven effective is Structured Work System. Structured Work Systems stem out of the TEACCH program in Chapel Hill, NC. Structured work systems provide learners with autism a much needed way to understand what is being asked of them. I find structured work systems to be useful because they are effective from preschool age through adulthood and can be used in a variety of settings from home to school to work environments.

What is a Structured Work System?

A structured works system is a visually organized space that answers the following questions for learners:

1. What am I supposed to do?

2. How much am I supposed to do?

3. How will I know I am finished?

4. What do I next?

Join me on Sept 16 for a webinar that will look more in depth at what is a work system and how you can create a work system appropriate to specific learner needs.

Kim Howard is a Field Training Coordinator for the KY Autism Training Center. She provides direct training and technical assistance to education staff, social and community personnel, counselors, job coaches and families.

KY Autism Training Center Summer 2014 Newsletter August 2014