The acronym TEACCH stands for Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped CHildren (although TEACCH also serves adults). TEACCH is both a statewide treatment and service program based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and a nationally and internationally known model of conceptualizing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and delivering appropriate services and supports. (“Autism spectrum disorder” encompasses Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – NOS.)
The TEACCH program began at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 as a continuation and expansion of a federally funded research grant to the late Eric Schopler, Ph.D., for clinical work with children with autism and their families. When the federal grant ended, Dr. Schopler and many of the parents (and youngsters) receiving services successfully lobbied the North Carolina General Assembly to...
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