Thematically Structured Teaching

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Center for Opportunities & Outcomes for People with Disabilities

Thematically Structured Teaching: Saturday Enrichment Program for Children with Autism

A Traditional but Innovative Autism Treatment

The thematic Saturday enrichment program aims to improve academic skills (language and mathematics), social interaction and communication skills, and adaptive behaviors of children with autism. This program is an inclusion program that has children with autism and children with typical development. It consists of 10 weekly 2 hours sessions. Each session has one theme and all the learning activities are associated with the theme. Each session is composed of structured sequential learning activities.

The schedule of learning activities:

Time Activities
10:30-11:00 Dance Party and Greeting
 11:00-11:30  Interactive Story and Stations
 11:30-12:00  Language, Math, and Science
 12:00-12:30  Arts Project and Goodbye