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Building Independence: How to Create and Use Structured Work Systems Paperback – 15 Nov 2012

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Co,US (15 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937473090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937473099
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book's combination of targeted techniques, evidence-based guidelines, and classroom-friendly practices will have students soaring as teachers implement these clearly defined strategies. A fantastic, must-have resource for my staff." -- L Shannon Mundy, EdS, Director of Special Education "Mountain Brook Schools, Alabama"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Ample Samples & the "How to" on Setting Up Structured Work Systems - A+++! 27 Jan. 2013
By Joanna Keating-Velasco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Opening this book made me feel like opening the door to a wonderful seminar on creating structured work stations. This high quality glossy-paged book is chock full of color photographed ideas and samples for structured work tasks. There are 162 pages which provide examples of stations that you can set up immediately with very little expense. After utilizing this system for over 10 years, I can highly recommend this book. It's a much better resource than attending a seminar or conference class on these types of systems. The amount of visual examples and the wide variety of types of examples is such an amazing resource that I think this book should be part of a college level class required by all teachers going into the field of teaching children with autism or those who are visual learners.

The book also includes a question/answer section which is highly valuable for this type of system. The book also addresses expanding or transitioning students into community or job site settings.

The Chapters are as follows:
Chapter 1: Structured Work Stations (benefits, importance, evidence base, the need for them related to ASD)
Chapter 2: Components & Use of Structured Work Systems (
Chapter 3: Structured Work Systems in School Settings: Curricula, IEPs and Lesson Planning
Chapter 4: Setting Up the System (Planning them into your schedule, Arranging the Environment, Storage, Schedule, Task Organization, Finished Area
Chapter 5: Selecting Work Tasks (Put In, Matching, Sorting, Sequencing, Fine Motor, Reading, Math, Writing, Assembly, Packaging, Clerical)
Chapter 6: How to Teach the System
Chapter 7: Collecting the Data

Appendix A suggests additional resources available (books or online) to further support your efforts. Appendix B organizes the sample "work stations" shown in the book by type of skill. The appendix C includes blank data sheets and forms ready to copy and immediately utilize in your classroom, vocational lab setting or home-based therapy room. They provided spaces to document what types of prompts are used as well as assist the instructors on proper protocols for working in a structured teaching environment.

Overall, I feel that this resource will provide opportunities for increasing independence for students. This book offers a clear description and practical guidelines for creating and implementing structured work stations in the classroom, home and community. Kudos to Reeve and Kabot for creating this wonderful resource.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What a great resource! Highly Recommend! 27 Feb. 2013
By res - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of task boxes and folder games and this book offers tons of ideas and tips for both! The illustrations of the work systems and folder games are so helpful and I appreciate that they are in color too! This is a great book for parents and educators. It has already gotten a ton of use from me and my colleagues and I suspect we have just scratched the surface. My only complaint would be that I can't recreate all of the cool ideas fast enough!
Thorough and useful 13 Jan. 2014
By fantasmic13 - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
Great Book for Fostering Independence with Special Needs Children 7 Mar. 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
A useful resource for classroom teachers wanting to create work areas ... 9 Aug. 2014
By Anna Bortoli - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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