Structured Teaching: Part 3 - Tasks and Activities

Autism Spectrum
Structured Teaching: Part 3 - Tasks and Activities

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 structured tasks and activities. Building on the foundation set through the use of individualized visual daily schedules, organized physical environments and work systems, we’ll discuss how structured tasks and activities support increased independence and greater accessibility and engagement for your students. In doing so, we’ll explain methods to contain and organize tasks and activities, strategies to better engage students in their assignments, ways to instruct that help students rely on their own abilities and how to restructure activities and tasks for individual students.

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


46 minutes