In the last post I talked about how structured work systems can be used at home. So today I want to talk about how we can use work systems on the job.
The great thing about teaching work systems in the classroom is that you can extend them to so many other settings. Once students know how to use a work system, transferring it to a job means you can set up tasks using the same system.
The key in setting up work systems on the job is making sure you have taught all the of the elements of the system, which I'll get to in future posts. But for job applications, specifically, it is really important to make sure you are teaching the systems using a schedule. Otherwise you are limited to bins or folders and can't expand the independence as much.
Benefits of Independent Work Systems on the Job
Generalize independence to the job
The biggest benefit of using structured work systems on the job is that the students know how to work independently. This is an obvious benefit...but it can't be understated. The door closer that most significantly affects our students is not being able to work without supervision. Teaching our students to use the independent work system in class, means we can set up tasks on a worksite using the same setup.
The door closer that most significantly affects our students is not being able to work without supervision. #TEACCH #autism
assuring completion of jobs
If you have taught work systems correctly, on the job they will assure your students complete the jobs they are doing. This is in addition to working independently. Have you ever had a student who gets halfway through a task and walks away? Or he finishes half the task and takes it apart? When we teach independent work systems, we want to make sure that we are teaching students to complete the whole task and leave the task completed. You don't want a student to unload a dishwasher and then put the dishes back in it.
You don't want a student to unload a dishwasher and then put the dishes back in it. #autism
Link tasks together on a job site
Finally, if students have learned to complete work as part of a structured independent work system, you can link multiple tasks together in a series and know the whole series will be finished. And if you have made sure to teach the schedule use with the system you may even be able to just move the student to a schedule of tasks instead of having someone else getting the materials together.
There are so many ways that an independent work system can be used in vocational settings. I'd love to hear yours...share them in the comments below!
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Until next time,