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Structured teaching overview

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A brief overview of the main components of structured teaching for children with Autism and other intellectual disabilities.

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Structured teaching overview

  1. 1. STRUCTURED TEACHING JENNIFER PENZENIK SPECIAL EDUCATION DISTRICT OF LAKE COUNTY ! An Overview
  2. 2. WHAT IS STRUCTURED TEACHING? • Structured teaching is a series of interventions utilized for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder or other communication disabilities • It was designed by the division of TEACCH at the University of North Carolina • TEACCH stands for Training and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped Children • It encompasses five areas of classroom/teaching development
  3. 3. THE FIVE AREAS OF TEACCH
  4. 4. PHYSICAL STRUCTURE “Disorganization can pull a student’s attention to irrelevant details.” Organized space… • Allows a student to know the expectations • Increases independence • Limits distractions (visual and auditory) • Increases on task behavior • Easier for outsiders to learn & navigate classroom environment
  5. 5. SCHEDULES Visual Schedules… • Tell a student where to be and when to be there • Reduce anxiety • Provide safety and predictability • Increase independence • Decrease cue dependency • Help students attend to meaningful information
  6. 6. SCHEDULES Video Example Removed for Confidentiality
  7. 7. WORK SYSTEMS Should share four pieces of information: 1. The steps necessary 2. How many steps are required 3. When the task is complete 4. What should be done next
  8. 8. WORK SYSTEMS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmxsh3e3qW4 Work systems… • Support the organization that is comforting to students • Limits distractions • Determine expectations • Support the generalization of skills • Decrease cue dependency • Prepare students for adult life by increasing independent skills
  9. 9. ROUTINE AND VISUAL STRATEGIES Visual structure… • Plays off visual strength • Reduces auditory instruction • Highlights important information • Minimizes distractions • Increases independence
  10. 10. VISUAL STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS
  11. 11. References Hume, Kara. (2011) Structured Teaching Strategies. Indiana Resource Center for Autism. Retrieved from http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=3520.

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