The TEACCH program is used to help children with autism to develop communication and social skills, independence, coping skills and other skills for daily living (for example, dressing, washing, cleaning teeth). This program can be used in conjunction with other therapies. TEACCH offers an intensive intervention program that supports children by creating a very structured learning environment. The environment includes physical boundaries between different tasks, workstations and clear schedules of daily activities. While pure TEACCH programs are not always available, many therapists and interventions use principles of TEACCH in their programs.

Number of participation hours required each week

Under 20 20+
Notes: The program is more likely to be effective with increased frequency of sessions.

Cost of intervention per week

$0-$30 $30 – $80 $80 – $100 $100 – $120 $120 +
Varies upon individual assessment of needs, and therapist fee schedule.

Home, Clinic, or both?

Home-based Clinic or centre-based Both or it doesn’t matter.
Possible pros of this intervention Possible cons of this intervention
Promotes a range of different daily living skills.
Can be used in conjunction with other therapies.
Program can be time consuming.
Program not widely available in ‘true’ form.