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Karla Akins

August 22nd, 2010 11:30 pm CT

 

There’s a new trend in homeschooling that’s the greatest idea since lapbooking. Many moms have been using it all along but called it something else.

 

The trend is called Workboxing. To learn how it works check out the Heart of Wisdom blog about how to set up a workbox homeschool. Also another picture journal entry here. Included in this blog are downloads you can use to set up a workbox program. Another good post is here.

 

This system shares similarities with the TEACCH method of working with children with autism. TEACCH stands for the Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children.

 

The reason the workbox system can work for students with autism (depending on where they are on the spectrum) is because each drawer gives the child a clear beginning and end to the task. They open the drawer and remove the assignment, complete it, and move it to another drawer or basket. Or they can put it back in the same drawer and close the drawer again. They must complete that task before moving on to the next task in the next drawer.

 

A more complicated step for higher functioning children is to place a velcro label from the front of the box that’s completed onto a card. It works sort of like a 3D checklist. Some children relish this step as there’s a feeling of satisfaction of having completed a task, much as adults cross off to-do lists.

 

Read in Full: 

http://www.examiner.com/homeschooling-in-fort-wayne/why-workboxes-can-work-for-your-autistic-homeschooler



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