Foundations of Structured Teaching: A 3-day Hands-on Workshop

Foundations of Structured Teaching: A 3-day Hands-on Workshop

June 11 - 13, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
RISE Learning Center
5391 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN 46227

Presented by Amy Gaffney, M.A., CCC-SLP, Educational Consultant and Indiana's only TEACCH® Certified Advanced Consultant

Sponsored by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University - Bloomington in collaboration with RISE Learning Center.

Workshop Details


Research consistently shows that individuals with autism spectrum disorders respond well to a structured environment. This workshop combines presentations and hands-on activities to demonstrate how and why to implement structured teaching strategies based on the TEACCH© philosophy. This philosophy focuses on evaluating and working with autistic students in a demonstration classroom environment. The workshop emphasizes practical strategies that participants can immediately apply in their own settings to support student learning in academics, communication, independence, social interaction, leisure activities, and emotional regulation.

Goals and Objectives

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Understand why structured teaching is a helpful approach for individuals with ASD
  • Organize a classroom/workspace in a structured way
  • Design individualized visual schedules and work systems for a variety of learners
  • Create visually structured tasks to address the goals of a variety of learners
  • Develop an awareness of how structured teaching can be used to increase social and communication skills
  • Understand how to design structured teaching elements in order to provide a proactive approach to behavior management while also developing strategies to respond to any challenging behaviors that do occur

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators, autism consultants, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, family members, and any other professional working with individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Cost & Registration

  • The registration fee for this workshop is $600 USD, which includes handouts (meals are not included).
  • Payment is by credit, debit, check, or purchase order. Credit, debit, and check purchases must be paid in full by May 27, 2024.
  • 33 slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will have a waitlist.
  • Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email from This serves as your invoice/receipt. 
  • Registration and payments are processed online by Indiana University (IU) Conferences.
  • All registrations are final. No money will be refunded.

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