Shirley Kelley, MS
Glenwood: Autism and Behavioral Health Center
Individual schedules are used as part of the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped Children) method of instruction. The TEACCH program was developed at The University of North Carolina by Eric Schopler in the 1970s. The program emphasizes “individualized assessment to understand the individual better and also understand the culture of autism.” TEACCH components are effective and data driven methods of instruction.
Individual schedules are designed to make abstract concepts more concrete and understandable to Students with Autism. Deficits in receptive language skills make it difficult for students with Autism to know what is expected of them throughout their school day. Individual schedules help students organize and predict activities, lessen anxiety about what will happen next, and help students transition independently.
Four types of individual schedules are described in this pod cast: Object schedules, photograph schedules, symbol schedules, and word schedules.
Content Areas: Professional Development
Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:
[EDT] ED10 (9-12) 3: Demonstrate motivational techniques used to enhance student achievement at various grade levels.
[EDT] ED10 (9-12) 8: Determine teaching strategies needed to meet instructional goals and to address educational initiatives.