TEACCH Structured Teaching


The TEACCH program is a comprehensive and structured teaching approach that was co-founded by Eric Schopler at the University of North Carolina. It focuses on meeting the needs and interests of the students by utilizing their strengths to enhance the learning capabilities. The elements that structured teaching comprises of include organization of the environment, using visual schedules as cues for the pending activities, having individual work systems to give students a systematic approach to engage in work and effective visual strategies to enhance comprehension.

Research has shown that using the TEACCH based intervention model has led to improvements in the development of functional skills, enhancing social communicative abilities, autonomy, social participation, enhanced emotional and behavioral coping abilities and reduction in difficult behaviors (Probst, et. al., 2010). It also brought benefits by increase in engagement, speed, accuracy of task performance and decrease in task avoidance as well as stereotypic behaviors. (Hume & Odom, 2007; Bennett, Reichow & Wolery, 2011). The TEACCH intervention program is also useful in bringing about improvement in social skills, social play, motor skills, cognitive skills, independent skills and communication skills (i.e. Sines, 1996; Van Bourgondien, Reichle & Schopler, 2003; Tsang, et. al., 2007)