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Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) thrive in well-organized classrooms. Environments that provide clear expectations and predictable routines promote increased engagement and on-task behavior. Creating such environments often involves the use of individual work systems. Structured work systems are primary components of structured teaching and are visually structured sequences that provide opportunities to practice previously taught skills, concepts, or activities. This module defines the evidence-based practice of structured work systems and provides specific examples for use.

  • What's Included
  • 17 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Define the term individual work system and describe the importance of such systems for individuals with ASD at home, school, and in the community
  2. Describe strategies for creating and adapting work systems

Module Authors

Christi Carnahan, Ed.D.

Dr. Christina R. Carnahan is associate professor of special education in the School of Education, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati. Research interests include literacy, communication interventions and effective instructional practices for individuals with complex communication and behavior disorders. Dr. Carnahan has published in the Exceptional Children, Journal of Special Education, and Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She is also the co-author of two books including Quality Literacy Instruction for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Facilitating Evidence Based Practice for Students with ASD.

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