The TEACCH Method
At Potential Development we incorporate The TEACCH Method, which offers a setting with an array of structured teaching methods to enhance learning characteristics of individuals with autism, including strengths in visual information processing, and difficulties with social communication, attention, and executive function. This form of Structured TEACCHing includes:
- External organizational supports to address challenges with attention and executive function
- Visual and/or written information to supplement verbal communication
- Structured support for social communication
Structured TEACCHing is not a curriculum, but instead is a framework to support achievement of educational and therapeutic goals. This framework includes:
- Physical organization
- Individualized schedules
- Work (Activity) systems
- Visual structure of materials in tasks and activities
The goal of The TEACCH Method is to promote meaningful engagement in activities, flexibility, independence, and self-efficacy as well to help them have a better understanding his/her environment.
TEACCH Core Values
TEACHING – share knowledge and increase the skill level of our students through innovative education, teaching, and demonstration models.
EXPANDING – committed to expanding our knowledge to individualizing the needs of students with autism.
APPRECIATING - Understanding and appreciating the unique strengths of our students and their families.
COLLABORATING AND COOPERATING – To embrace a collaboration and cooperation in our interactions with staff, students as well as our community.
HOLISTIC - Stress the importance of learning more about the student, their families and their environments.
Structured Teaching--The TEACCH Method
The Structured TEACCH method was developed by Professor Eric Schopler along with several colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The TEACCH method is not considered an actual therapy but rather a therapeutic tool to help autistic individuals understand their surroundings.
Autistic individuals often have difficulty with receptive and expressive language, sequential memory, and handling changes in their environment. The TEACCH method provides the individual with structure and organization. This method relies on five basic principles; physical structure, scheduling, work system, routine and visual structure.