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TEACCH for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Published November 2011

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What Were We Asked?

We were asked whether TEACHH is an effective treatment for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Key Findings:

  • TEACCH stands for the Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children. The programme primarily involves structured teaching within an educational environment where activities are made clearer and easier to perform.
  • There remains an uncertainty whether TEACCH improves the development of children with ASD when compared with other intervention programmes and mainstream education.

This information is produced by PenCRU researchers and reviewed by external experts. The views expressed are those of PenCRU at the University of Exeter Medical School and do not represent the views of the Cerebra charity, or any other parties mentioned. We strongly recommend seeking medical advice before undertaking any treatments/therapies.