This is a systematic way for the child
to receive and understand information.
By following the work system the child is able to work independently.
The individual work system answers four questions for the
2How much work?
3How do I know when I am finished?
4What happens next?
ATypes of work Systems
1Left to right – Finished box
Shape, Alphabet or Numbers)
system clarifies the meaning of finished and the staff’s
Not all children with autism will need work systems.
However you may encounter the child who will do the same
jig-saw over and over.He/she cannot put an end to the activity because
they do not understand start and finished.
They may need direction to move to another puzzle.
The following is an example of a simple work system to
help achieve independence at this task and to add to the
number of puzzles completed.
baskets are on the child’s
left. Finished work on child' right (off picture)
The baskets hold the number of tasks you want him/her to do.
The finished trays are then placed independently on the
right hand table.
removes velcro card from front of first basket and places
it on matching coloured car. Then he/she completes
the task moves the tray to the right and moves on
to next task. This system develops the idea of "finish".
Many children would only need to be shown this system once
or twice before it would make sense to them.Asimilar system could be used for many other activities eg formal
child works from left to right. Matches the symbol on his
table to the correct basket. Starts working from that basket.
Child takes basket, completes task and sets finished work
on right. Then he goes back to check his schedule
Work systems make the concept of "finished" concrete
more information on Structured
Teaching go to
TEACCH University of North Carolina