Task Initiation

What it is

An area of student need, involving difficulty starting work.

Teaching Strategies

• Chunk work into parts.
• Frequently check with the student to get him/her started.
• Use a key word and visual signal to indicate that work is to be started.
• Provide oral and visual instructions and examples.
• Use graphic organizers to outline the steps for work completion and timelines.
• Use a visual timer and/or stop watch for the student.


• Use preferential seating to avoid distractions.
• Use a visual timer.
• Provide an alternative work space.


• Use oral and visual prompts to begin tests.
• Use a visual timer.
• Provide an alternate location for tests to avoid distractions.
• Provide organizers for assignments.
• Chunk assignments with timelines, and give feedback frequently.

For Purchase

Strategies for various student needs.