TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children) is an evidence-based approach for teaching individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders. TEACCH was developed at University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill in the early 1970s by Eric Schopler and colleagues. The TEACCH method can be implemented in school, home and community environments.  TEACCH methodology is based on the research that individuals with autism are predominantly visual learners, so intervention strategies focus on physical and visual structure, schedules, work systems and task organization. Individualized systems aim to address difficulties with communication, organization, generalization, concepts, sensory processing, change and relating to others.  At the core of TEACCH is the idea of structured teaching. Structured teaching is comprised of 3 components: physical organization, scheduling, and teaching methods.

K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates, Inc. has on staff a licensed Occupational Therapist who is a Certified TEACCH Practitioner that can provide evaluation, treatment and consultation using TEACCH strategies.  Treatment and consultation using the TEACCH methodology provides visual and physical structure that can very significantly improve independence with functional and academic tasks in the home, community and school environment. At K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates the TEACCH methodology is used collaboratively with sensory processing techniques to assist children and adolescents with focus, attention, task completion, emotional regulation, and overall functional independence throughout their day at home, school and in the community.

If you are interested in an assessment to determine what sensory supports and visual structure are needed to support your child at home or school, please make the patient service representative aware when you call to schedule your child’s evaluation.