The University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program (TEACCH) provides services for families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the lifespan in North Carolina, conducts clinical research on ASD, and trains professionals around the world on best practices for supporting individuals with ASD and their families. The acronym TEACCH initially stood for Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children. Given changes in the field and terminology use, TEACCH continues to use this pseudo-acronym but no longer spells out the original words. This entry reviews a brief history of TEACCH and provides an overview of TEACCH approaches to educating and treating individuals with ASD.

History of TEACCH

The state of North Carolina funded TEACCH in 1972 to continue research begun by Drs. Eric Schopler ...

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