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Building Independence
How to Create and Use Structured Work Systems

Building Independence: How to Create and Use Structured Work Systems presents an evidence-based approach – structured work systems. Individuals with ASD and related disorders are supported by a variety of people throughout their day, whether in educational and work settings, transition programs, or at home. Structured work systems are one method that can be used to ensure that they develop and maintain their ability to work on their own without assistance and prompting from others. The characteristics and benefits of structured work systems are explained in this well-illustrated book. Structured work systems provide visual information about what work needs to be done, how much works needs to be done, when the work is completed, and what will happen next. Due to the predictability and sense of accomplishment that is built into the system, many individuals with ASD find that structured work time is their favorite time of the day. Full of colorful photos and case examples spanning different ages and levels of functioning, the book provides an A-Z guide to work systems, including assessment, how to build them into the curriculum, IEPs, lesson planning and more tools geared toward individuals with ASD. Foreword by Gary Mesibov, PhD.


Christine E. Reeve, PhD, BCBA-D, has more than 20 years of professional experience with children, families and schools focused on autism, inspired by one sister with autism and another sister who teaches children with special needs. During her 13 years at Nova Southeastern University's Mailman Segal Institute, she served in a variety of roles, including director of the therapeutic intervention program for children with significant behavioral issues and autism and consultant for the Autism Consortium, providing consultations and training to school systems across the country. Christine owns and directs a school consultation practice providing professional development and consultation to school systems concerning students with autism, low-incidence disabilities and challenging behavior. Christine also serves as adjunct faculty and a dissertation advisor for Nova Southeastern University. Author and co-author of several books, including Setting up Classroom Environments That Support Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Christine also maintains a blog regarding school-related information bout autism spectrum disorders at http://reeveautismconsulting.blogspot.com/.

Susan Kabot, EdD, CCC-SLP, is the executive director of the Autism Institute at Nova Southeastern University, where she oversees the Baudhuin Preschool; Starting Right, a parent-child early intervention program for children 18-36 months; the Autism Consortium, which provides outreach services to school districts around the country; and the Unicorn Children's Foundation Clinic. She also teaches autism courses at both the master's and doctoral levels at NSU and serves as a dissertation chair and member. Susan has been active at the local, state and national level in a variety of organizations addressing the needs of individuals with autism, their families and the professionals who serve them. She was appointed to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council and serves on the Health Care and Self-Advocacy Leadership Task Forces. She is also a member of the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society of America. With Christine Reeve, Susan is the co-author of several books, including Setting up Classroom Spaces That Support Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Susan is the mother of three sons. Her middle son, Michael, has autism.

ISBN 13: 9781937473099

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
May 26 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - A useful resource for classroom teachers wanting to create work areas which promote independence. The illustrations and photos are useful in helping the novice understand the principles and concepts being addressed.
LENEXA, Kansas
May 26 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - This is an excellent book for teachers of students with special needs. I like the color photos of the structured work systems. It tells you how to explicitly set up both academic and functional structured work systems on your classroom and gives you a plethora of ideas to use in your stations. Thorough and very useful to teachers of students with special needs. Thank you!
LENEXA, Kansas
May 26 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - This book is wonderful. It is simply written and is an easy read. The best part is all the wonderful picture examples. The authors use picture examples throughout the book...you should have no questions because they did such a great job of explaining and showing everything.
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