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    We have had several inquiries on the subject of TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped CHildren) and have been following it’s promotion to, and acceptance by,  educational systems having toaddress the needs  of  children with varying degrees of Autism, and TEACCH is fast gaining favor with these mostly public institutions.

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    Note: SFTAH transferred this from old data base when site was updated, thus date and name lost, all dates 2006 & 2007 changed during changeover to odd dates.Hello everybody,                           I am studying psychology at Leeds Univeristy and I am currently writing my dissertation within the area of Autism, more specifically I am reviewing educational interventions available. What I really want to gain some (personal) insight into is the current application of TEACCH in the UK. I would love input from anybody, but especially those who have experience in the TEACCH area (perhaps you help out at the school? Have had problems with your LEA? you're a teacher yourself? Noticed any particular positive/detrimental effects with your child?). These are the lines I wish to research:> How schools/homes actually apply TEACCH in their individual surroundings> What are the  specifics? e.g. do you stick to a certain number of hours a week, or just do what's possible?> Have you experienced a particularly unusual/positive outcome with a certain child?> What are your opinions of TEACCH? Brilliant, average, could be better?> Is there any improvements that could be made in your area?If you have anything to say please, please drop me an email on jhs4erh@leeds.ac.uk, I'm really interested in this area and would love to go on to focus my career to explore autism further, so anything anyone has to say will be of use!.Thanks for your timeElliep.s. no names or anything personal will be included in this research

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    Note: SFTAH transferred this from old data base when site was updated, thus date and name lost, all dates 2006 & 2007 changed during changeover to odd dates.Hello Ellie,I am a parent of a child who has supposedly been educated until recently using TEACCH. My first comment: TEACCH is a structure. It has no content. It doesn't actually TEACH anything!The way it's been used in my child's "education": visual schedules, timetables. Workstations. Timetables, routines. Locks on internal doors. Keep them sitting quietly. Keep smiling when the parents visit the school.But nobody knows how to assess, set targets, TEACH, or assess when something has been taught and it's time to move on.As you are in an academic environment, would you be able to find out whether there is any truly independent peer-reviewed published research that measures what the efficacy of TEACCH is in comparision with Applied Behavioural Analysis when it comes to EDUCATING children with autism? That is, what do they learn, how well, what happens to their performance on standardised tests, what are their functional skills like after a few years of TEACCH or a few years of ABA? Please, if you find anything, post a reference, or a link to an on-line source.I am very concerned TEACCH is only being promoted because 1. It's virtually nil cost to the LEA and 2. "We've got to thrwo some kind of sop to parents to keep them quiet: let's offer TEACCH. They will be impressed by the lable, it will take them years to find out what it really is , and by that time we'll have saved ourselves £££££££s."

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