TEACHH - Work system

The visual timetable or schedule helps children to know what activities are happening during their morning or afternoon at school.

For those children with autism who need even greater detail, work systems can be developed to tell the child exactly what is expected of him/her during an activity, how much work to do, and what happens after the activity is completed. The goal is to teach the child to work independently.

The work system is also organized so that the child can easily work out what to do, for example, the activity or task should be performed from top to bottom and from left to right. Each activity is also visually clear in itself, e.g. a box of 6 beads to thread on a piece of lace, a puzzle to complete etc.

The place where the child completes these activities is often known as a ‘workstation’. Workstations can be in a quiet corner of the classroom, or in another area away from the classroom, depending on the needs of the child and the space available.

Related links

TEACCH - Physical structure

TEACHH - Scheduling

Structured teaching