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.
- Supporting Evidence/ Likely treatment success
- Current studies show that TEACCH could potentially help children improve aspects of their behaviour and communication skills, however more studies are required using control groups, larger sample sizes, and other high standard research techniques to demonstrate the effectiveness of this method.
- Link to more information
- Video by Autism Speaks explaining components of this intervention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddGLJ2r4rcw
Number of participation hours required each week
|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.