ShoeboxTasks have a definite life span—at times very short, and sometimes of a longer duration. It is important to assess your student's abilities periodically to determine whether or not more subtle activities in the form of folder tasks may be introduced.
In TEACCH preschools, a common skill progression is for the student to go from all ShoeboxTasks, to a mixture of some ShoeboxTasks and some folder tasks, and then eventually, to all folder tasks and other more subtle/abstract activities.
This set of 3 FolderTasks contains images already being used in several ShoeboxTasks. Periodically assess your student with one or more of these folder tasks. If s/he shows no interest in them, s/he is either not ready or may respond to images that are of particular interest to that student. If the child is able and willing to manipulate the cards, and with help, can be successful, continue using the folder tasks during One-on-One sessions. Once a student demonstrates independent mastery, add them to his/her Independent Work sessions.
Be creative! Using this type of structured format, make additional folder tasks, using imagery specific to students’ interests.