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Structured teaching is a visually based approach to creating highly structured environments that support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (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 the evidence-based practice structured teaching.

  • What's Included
  • 15 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Define structured teaching and name its components
  2. Identify routines that are helpful to persons with autism
  3. 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
  4. Describe strategies for creating and adapting work systems
  5. List the steps for creating a structured environment

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.

Module Contributors

Wendy Szakacs, M.S.

Wendy Szakacs is an OCALI Regional Consultant for northeast /eastern Ohio. She develops evidence-based materials, provides technical assistance and professional development leading projects in social competence, bullying, behavior, communication, and executive function. Szakacs collaborates with regional partners in the creation and presentation of professional development to local school district staff and families. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on various topics about autism spectrum disorder, including comprehensive program planning, structured teaching, social competence, challenging behavior, and executive function.

Module Content Provided By

Content for this module was developed by Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

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