Welcome to ShoeboxTasks

Dedicated to providing creative educational activities and opportunities for individuals with autism or disabilities who are “learning how to learn.”
  • ShoeboxTasks® provide the opportunity for children or adults who need a high degree of structure to experience success and build upon that success for greater skill and independence.


  • Developed by Ron Larsen during his time as a therapist with the TEACCH program, these Tasks have proven to be an educational breakthrough for otherwise uninspired learners.


  • Centering on Children is the sole-source creator and distributor of ShoeboxTasks®. We employ adults on the autism spectrum in our ShoeboxTasks Vocational Workshop. They assemble and package the Tasks independently, with the guidance of job coaches.

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  • We are proud to offer a work environment which provides dignity, fair wages and a sense of accomplishment for our employees, while implementing as many environmentally-friendly principles as possible.


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An unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people. The film's subjects occupy different positions on the spectrum but are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they work out perceptual and behavioral particularities is a remarkable reflection revealing inventive adaptations among both those on the spectrum and neurotypicals--an emerging critique of what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.

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New ShoeboxTasks Prices

Due to a delay in product updates, we're extending our lower pricing. New prices will take effect later in 2016, but enjoy the lower prices until further notice.

Updated pricing for 2016


"I taught special ed in IL for nine years. When I started structured teaching I had several students who would not work in their independent center at all. When the TEACCH coach gave me the [Red Buttons in] Water Task (number 17) that did the trick! Those students would put objects in water. That was the only motivating task. I tried to make my own, but...number 17...was the one that was durable and a hit with the students! They liked seeing the red buttons drop in the tube. Thank you for that! I won teacher of the year two years in a row and number 17 was the task that helped me keep my students working when nothing else worked. Thanks again for that task!"

Lynn Ritter
Merkely Elementary School

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