Treatment and education of autistic and related communication (TEACCH) to enhance the lives of individuals diagnosed with ASD

Treatment and education of autistic and related communication (TEACCH) is a comprehensive evidence based, family- oriented, training and research program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It was developed by Drs. Eric Schopler and Robert Reichler in the early 1970’s.

Treatment and education of autistic and related communication (TEACCH) programs’ mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals diagnosed with ASD. This is done through providing clinical services such as; diagnostic evaluations, parent support groups and training, groups for social play and recreation, and counseling and employment support. The program also conducts national and international trainings as well as consultation services for professionals in a variety of disciplines.

Treatment and education of autistic and related communication (TEACCH) can be used with individuals at all developmental levels and ages. Research continues to be conducted in areas of biomedical, educational and psychological studies.

Core values of TEACCH:

  • Teaching knowledge to others
  • Expanding knowledge to others
  • Appreciating unique characteristics of individuals with autism
    • Collaborating and
    • Cooperating with colleagues, individuals with ASD, families and the community  
  • Holistic, meaning understanding the whole person, their families, and the community that supports them throughout their lifespan

Link to the TEACCH website for more information.