Structured Teaching: Part 2 - Work Systems

Autism Spectrum
Structured Teaching: Part 2 - Work Systems

This course will help school staff members working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) better understand and implement the Structured Teaching best practices of using organized physical environments and work systems. We’ll discuss how organized physical environments and work systems, used in coordination with individualized visual daily schedules, can create the foundation of a healthy, supportive and functional educational environment. In doing so, we’ll explain the process of organizing your classroom and other learning environments, articulate the critical role work systems play in building student independence and demonstrate how to individualize and effectively implement work systems.

Course Authors
Catherine Faherty
Catherine Faherty worked with the TEACCH® Autism Program in North Carolina for more than 20 years, where she performed diagnostic evaluations, served as a parent consultant and child therapist, consulted with school programs, and trained teachers and other professionals locally, nationally and internationally. She’s the author of “Aspergers...What Does It Mean to Me?" which provides children with high-functioning autism and Aspergers – and their families and teachers – with a method to understand the effects of autism in their daily lives. She also wrote “Communication…What Does It Mean to Me?” and “Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach About Life.” You can learn more at


42 minutes