AT Considerations for ASD Wikispace link:

AT Tools and Strategies to Improve Organization:
Identify boundaries or locations that are off-limits:
  • Put colored tape around areas where student is not supposed to be without permission (e.g., behind teacher's desk)
  • Line at classroom door that students line up behind
  • Play or work area boundaries (e.g., an area with toys or games)

Adjust the student's desk or seating area:
  • Consider items in the classroom that could be distracting (e.g., seated next to classroom door; near a computer)
  • Consider potential aversives that the student would not want to be close to, such as loud noises, groups of people talking, etc.
  • Student should sit in location that is easily accessible by staff.
  • If the student is regularly disruptive, seat him/her next to less reactive students
  • Avoid seating the student close to peers that tend to trigger problem behavior

General Suggestions:
  • Have clearly defined areas within the classroom
  • Organize classroom materials so they are easily accessible to students
  • Organize the student's work area. Examples:
    • Post student rules
    • Activity schedule listing tasks to be completed
    • A "finished" container or folder for assignments
    • Token board for reinforcement
  • Keep work spaces congestion free
  • Designate quiet independent work areas for students needing fewer distractions
  • Label drawers and cabinets

Classroom Organization: