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Work System (Autism)

By Visual Edvantage

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


A work system is a strategy that addresses independence as an essential outcome for students with ASD. A work system, an element of structured teaching, is defined by Division TEACCH as a systematic and organized presentation of tasks and materials that visually communicates at least four pieces of information to the student (Schopler, Mesibov, & Hearsey, 1995):

1. The tasks/steps the student is supposed to do.
2. What is the nature of the task?
3. How many tasks/steps there are to be completed.
4. How the student knows he/she is finished.

The student should independently recognize the end of the activity through the structure within the task, use of a finished box, timer, or other visual cue such as a stop sign.

What to do when he/she is finished. Indicate next scheduled activity. May need to use a highly desired item/activity to increase motivation, though often being “finished” is motivating enough.

While a picture schedule directs a student WHERE TO GO, a work system instructs a student on WHAT TO DO once they arrive in the scheduled area.

In our own lives, a daily planner may direct us to the grocery store (our schedule), while our grocery list informs us what to do/buy while at the store (our work system).

A work system provides all of the required information without adult prompting and teaches the student to attend to visual cues (rather than verbal directives) when completing a task.

A work system assists in organizing a student with ASD by providing a systematic work routine—working from left-to-right or top-to-bottom. Students do not have to plan where to begin or how to proceed.

Work systems can be used with any type of task or activity (e.g., academic, self-help, leisure), across settings (e.g., independent work area, cafeteria, place of employment), and for individuals at all functioning levels (e.g., systems can range from concrete to abstract).

What's New in Version 2.1

- Better performance
- Better scrolling


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Customer Reviews

Not a Good App

This app is a bad app. It is a waste of your ipad space. When you check the items off it resets if you go on another app! Also you should be able to press on the thing where it says what to do to get instructions how to do that.

Work System (Autism)
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 9.5 MB
  • Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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