Structured teaching is based on the TEACCH approach (the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children).
The TEACCH approach tries to respond to the needs of autistic people using the best available approaches and methods known so far, for educating and teaching autonomy. It is not a single method and can be used alongside other approaches. (NAS)
Some of the TEACCH priorities are:
- focusing on the person, their skills, interests and needs
- understanding the ‘culture of autism’ and identifying differences based on individualised assessments
- using visual structures to organise the environment and tasks when teaching skills
- being broad-based, i.e. teaching skills but also ensuring that people are supported during leisure and/or social activities
- being flexible and teaching flexibility
What does TEACCH involve?
It covers the following areas:
We know that children with autism respond well to routine. According to the TEACCH method, the best approach for children with autism is a routine which involves them learning to check their schedule and to follow their work system.
This routine can then be used throughout the person's lifetime and in multiple situations and so can be used to help prepare the child for adulthood.
Contact your link EYST teacher / Area SENCO for further information or training.