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ERIC Number: EJ917323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Structured Work Systems: Supporting Meaningful Engagement in Preschool Settings for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Carnahan, Christina; Harte, Helene; Schumacher Dyke, Karin; Hume, Kara; Borders, Christy
Young Exceptional Children, v14 n1 p2-16 Mar 2011
Key characteristics of autism include differences in communication, social interaction, and restricted or repetitive activities and interests (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Because of these differences, active engagement is challenging for many young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, such engagement in a variety of activities is crucial for promoting positive future outcomes (Iovannone, Dunlap, Huber, & Kincaid, 2003). This article suggests structured work systems (SWS) as one tool that may help promote engagement for children with ASD in inclusive preschool settings. SWS is a visually structured intervention used to organize a series of activities for individuals with autism (Hume & Odom, 2007; Mesibov, Shea, & Schopler, 2005). SWS addresses individual child needs and promotes participation in the classroom, home, or community setting. SWS can be used to organize small-group activities, play and leisure activities, academic tasks, personal hygiene activities, household responsibilities, and vocational work jobs. SWS supports independent participation and activity completion and increases on-task behavior for young children with autism (Hume & Odom, 2007). (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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