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TEACCH

Background

In Jan 2014, all teaching staff and therapists at our school attended a three day workshop, presented by TEACCH Trainers from the University of North Carolina, USA.  Since then, we have been focussing on how to sustain TEACCH practice in the school, through the following strategies and processes:

*  Ongoing induction programme for all new staff,

*  Lead teachers of TEACCH to support their colleagues ongoing learning and implementatio

*  School wide professional development objective, where all teachers have an annual professional objective around some aspect of TEACCH.

What is TEACCH?

Structured TEACCHing helps students to organise themselves and to function more appropriately, independently and successfully.

Structured TEACCHing has two goals:

1.  Increasing the individual’s skills

2.  Making the environment more comprehensible and more suited to individual needs

The elements of Structured TEACCHing are:

*  Organisation of the physical environment

*  Visual Schedules

*  Work /activity systems

These 3 elements are considered by teachers when organising their classroom, and they are supported to develop these TEACCH strategies throughout the year, adapting to changing needs as necessary.  Below are some examples from classrooms at Oaklynn.

 

Physical Environment

Arranging materials and physical space to help students make sense of the world around them. Boundaries help the student understand where he is supposed to be and the context provides a general idea of what he is expected to do there.

 

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Visual Schedules

A visual (or tactile) schedule helps a student to understand where they are supposed to be, and when they get to do a preferred activity.  It builds understanding, attention, cooperation and independence.  It helps to create a routine to teach flexibility as we can build in change.

 
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Work systems

A work system gives the student a systematic way to approach the work that needs to be completed.  It answers the 4 questions ………. What work, how much work, when is it finished, what do I do next?  The work system is setup to reflect an individual’s ability, strengths and preferences.

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