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Structured teaching is a visually based approach to creating highly structured environments that support individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a variety of educational, community, and home/living settings. Structured teaching is associated with the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped CHildren (TEACCH). The goal is to create an environment that promotes independence. This module will define and describe structured teaching.

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 25 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $25 certficate

Module Objectives:

  • Define structured teaching and name its components
  • Identify routines that are helpful to persons with autism
  • Define the term individual work systems and describe the importance of these systems for individuals with autism at home, at school, and in the community
  • Describe strategies for creating and adapting work tasks
  • Describe how to implement structured teaching

Module Authors


  • Wendy Szakacs, M.S.
  • Christi Carnahan, Ed.D.

Modules on this site are always free. If you would like proof of completion, you can purchase a certificate when you have successfully completed this module. The certificate will provide contact hours for this module.

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