Teach+children= TEACCH?

You might wonder what is that equation? How clumsy is it! 🙂 It doesn’t make much sense…

That formula is a myth about TEACCH program for autistic children. Don’t miss counting the letter “C”. It is TEACCH! not teach in teaching method or teacher.

T in Treatment

E with Education

A short for “of Autistic”

C this first C stands for Children -> so this program is only available for children?

C what is your guess? it’s very common-> and it similar to the previous word as well-> it’s “communication”

H Hmm….this word is a synonym of “disability”-> Do you get it through a previous hint? -> HANDICAPPED


TEACCH program overview

Now, do you have the idea of the full name of the TEACCH acronym?

TEACCH = Treatment and Education of Autistic Children and related Communication Handicapped

To me, TEACCH = simple teaching special-needs children

TEACCH is developed by Dr. Eric Schopler and Robert Reichler in the 1960s, was established as a statewide program by the North Carolina legislature in 1972 and has become a model for other programs around the world.

From the domain website of TEACCH.

As you can see the location where the program is founded, It’s based on the University of North Caroline. And the main center is located Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Besides the headquarters there, the University has a few more center which applies TEACCH in the neighbor cities ( such as Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Asheville) in the North Carolina State.

About their mission and vision, I don’t talk much in here since it might violence their copyright. Therefore, here is the link to the TEACCH domain website. You just click on the link. It will open the new tab in your browser and it will link you directly to their page where you can learn more.

And here I summarize a little bit about the TEACCH structure, core feature.

TEACCH structure:

  • External organizational supports to address challenges with attention and executive function
  • Visual and/ or written information to supplement verbal communication
  • Structured support with social communication
  • Based on three structures, they divide into 4 core features.

TEACCH feature:

  • Individualized schedules
  • Physical organization
  • Work and activities systems
  • Visual structure of materials in tasks and activities

=> The goal of structure: promote meaningful engagement in activities, flexibility, independence, and self-efficacy.

Therefore, TEACCH is good for autistic children only?

In the default program, yes, it is. As the TEACCH program was founded at first, The main beneficiary is for young children.

As the time’s need, TEACCH expanded to adolescences and then adult, next it would consist until the next 40 years since the ASD is the lifetime disorder. When you or a child doesn’t meet any APA DSM – V ‘s criteria, then you are no longer diagnosed as the autistic person.

That’s how TEACCH helped a thousand children, adolescents, and adults in the USA national wide. Plus, in the worldwide, TEACCH is the model of sub-program in different countries to follow.

They help children to improve verbal communication, boost the sensory and mentor skills. For lacking social communication, they have some webinars for depression, social anxiety for the ASD individuals also their caregivers.

Below is the video about TEACCH presented by their director:

Sharing my thought

One thing I don’t like about this TEACCH is the location center… It’s only available walk-in for the services in the North Carolina State…. (my current resident is Seattle city in Washington State -.- ) It means if you or the caregiver wants to become TEACCH therapist, you must register, get training and test by UNC – University of North Carolina.

However, one feature covered that minus is the online training. When you visit the TEACCH domain website (the link is above), you will find the training area. As there, you will find one package for newbies. With 10 buckets for one-hour-training, you will learn more details about TEACCH -> then you would apply by yourself or apply to your children.

For a child, the best setting environment for TEACCH is in the classroom. If you want to remain and reinforce the positive result, parents will work with TEACCH therapist as a co-therapist in the home-based program. It means parents will get training about TEACCH technique before joining as a co-therapist. For an autistic adult, ….just work directly to the therapist or through the online training.

That is one feature I like: TEACCH targets individual no matter young children or adolescence or adult. The therapist will learn about the individual characteristics; then, designed the treatment process following their structure. This feature is different from previous therapies, programs I presented. (if you want to get to know about those programs, therapy’s names, click on the menu ASD -> choose the sub-menu: treatments, therapies, supports, helps)

Besides, they will design the learning style that fits you (or your child).

By making a strict and consistent schedule. Therefore, the schedule will be personalized as well. No one unlike one.


It’s easy to say that the autistic child would follow the schedule. For some children, if parents or caregivers don’t announce clearly the instruction of the schedule, the child would follow his/her own routines. That would piss you off. -.-

For example, the night-time routine after eating dinner, the autistic child needs to do homework from normal school academy-> then, parents allow the child to watch television or playing in the computer or parents reinforce TEACCH home-based technique.-> after preparing for the next school day -> then, it will be the bed-time story at 10 pm -> then sleep.

Parents need to clarify that which routine parents choose for the autistic child. If the normal routine is allowing the child to watch television on daily basis, parents should consist with that activity.

How about the weekends? For TEACCH schedule, parents need to design in advance the activities as well.

What if that day has a football game or The American Music Award or the Grammy ceremony or Halloween or Thanksgiving or Black Friday or Christmas or the New Year or the small event that interested to the child? What do you think parents should do?

If the child follows the fixed schedule and it becomes a habit?

Then do you (or parents or caregivers) know how to change a habit? I know it’s little out of topic, but I see the small connection, so here is the post about habit and how you can change it. (the link is another post on this website)

Thank you if you read.

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