Education and Counseling for Individuals Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders




TEACCH is a program that is sometimes used in school
systems to deal with mainstreamed autistic children.

It involves the use of strictly adhered-to charts
that dictate every aspect of the child’s day and
plays off of the need many autistic children have
for structure and task completion.

Critics say that the over-emphasis of charts and
task completion have the child so focused on
completing the tasks that they don’t get the
mainstreaming time they need.

Some children actually worsen their behavior
because they become agitated when the charts
aren’t strictly adhered to.

It appears that mildly autistic children do worse
with this system than more severely autistic children.

Another potential problem with TEACCH is that it
discourages the concept of change—something
that everyone must learn to some extent.

Because the chart is invariable, the child
doesn’t learn that some things change.

Their behavior can reflect their lack of
learning of the reality of change.

TEACCH was developed in the early 1970s by Eric

Its proponents believe that TEACCH focuses on
the individual and develops a program around
the individual’s skills, interests and needs.

Because autistic children have an innate focus
on task completion, using this strategy
provides a perfect way of enticing the
child to learn.

Each child’s specific skills and needs are
incorporated into the making of the charts
so that the child can function at his or her
best level.

As a parent, it may be worth it to try the
TEACCH system in your child’s school.

If it works for the child and the child
actually learns without distress, then it
is a good system for your child.

If it cuts into valuable mainstream time or
distresses your child more, then it may not
be the teaching system for you.

This is just one of the many tricks, tips and techniques
that you can use to cope with your Autistic child’s
behaviors that feature in my new book “The Parenting
Autism Resource Guide”.

The Parenting Autism Resource Guide: A Complete Resource Guide For Parents Who Have Children Diagnosed With Autism.

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