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Idea #16: Teach organization daily

Posted on April 16, 2013 in Autism

Another idea from The Autism Checklist, by Paula Kluth and John Shouse

You might provide all students suggestions for keeping things orderly. For instance, instead of asking all students to clear their desks for a test, ask them to “put notebooks right under the desk”. You might give some ideas on how they might organize desk tops, lockers, cubby holes, or backpacks (e.g., “keep your protractor in your pencil bag”) or simply teach an organization system that everyone in the room follows.

In one classroom I visited, the teacher asked all students to stack their folders in alphabetical order of color names so that she and they could always find the correct materials. When you opened their desks, they all had blue folders on top followed by green, red, and yellow folders. She would periodically tell students to “check folders” so they could all keep organized as a class. This is not only a time saver in the classroom but a helpful strategy to teach as a life skill.

The Autism Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers

Written in an easy-to-read checklist format, the book is filled with up-to-date research, practical advice, and helpful resources on a wide range of topics. The book covers five areas: basic information on autism, checklists for parents, checklists for teachers, effective support strategies, and helpful resources.

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