The TEACCH Autism Program

Lee M. Marcus

Cite this article as: CEPiP 2014;1:109-113

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The history, philosophy, program structure and components, research and dissemination of the TEACCH Autism Program (formerly known as Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped CHildren) are described. TEACCH is the North Carolina statewide program mandated in 1972 to provide services for individuals, their families, and professionals in the community. The program is administered in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, as a University-based program, and carries out research and teaching and training activities. TEACCH provides a wide range of diagnostic, treatment, training and consultation programs serving the entire age and ability spectrum. The mission of TEACCH is to create and cultivate the development of exemplary community-based services, training programs and research to enhance the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and for their families across the lifespan. It values the culture of autism and builds its services on individualized assessment, structured teaching, close partnerships with parents, community involvement, and evidence-based practices. As TEACCH looks to the future, its plans are to continue to be a leader in the development of programs and services by integrating what is new and empirically sound while maintaining the adherence to its core philosophy, values and methodologies.