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UNC TEACCH Autism Program

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100 Renee Lynne Court Carrboro, NC 27510  United States

teacch@unc.edu www.teacch.com

The University of North Carolina TEACCH® Autism Program creates and disseminates community-based services, training programs, and research to enhance the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families across the lifespan. The TEACCH® Autism Program was founded by Dr. Eric Schopler in 1972 and is a model for other programs around the world.

TEACCH has seven regional centers across North Carolina and the Carolina Living and Learning Center (CLLC) in Pittsboro, an integrated vocational and residential program for adults with autism. Clinical services are offered to residents of North Carolina and are designed to help parents understand their child’s unique learning style and to promote communication, executive function, social skills, and emotion regulation.

TEACCH offers a variety of training (virtual and in-person) and consultation to professionals from a variety of disciplines, who work with individuals on the autism spectrum. Our training program focuses on the learning styles of autism and the use of Structured TEACCHing strategies and visual supports to provide meaning, promote independence and capitalize on the individual’s strengths. Training is provided for professionals in educational, private practice, and mental health settings. TEACCH has a comprehensive Professional Certification Program that allows professionals to document their use of evidence-based practices.

Our research focuses on community dissemination and implementation of intervention and professional development programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for autistic individuals. Our research team is composed of an interdisciplinary group of researchers (faculty, postdoctoral fellows, clinical psychology interns, and clinical psychology graduate students) from the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Department of Psychology and Neurosciences.

TEACCH also has an Employment Services Program that helps autistic individuals to become as independent as possible by assisting them in obtaining and maintaining meaningful and stable employment in predictable and rewarding work environments. Since its inception in 1989, this program has used a variety of job support models to assist more than 500 people with ASD to secure gainful employment and become productive members of their communities.

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The 2023 UNC TEACCH Autism Program Conference - Diversity in Autism focuses on understanding and supporting diversity among autistic individuals and their families including neurodiversity and diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, and communication. The target audience includes a range of professionals involved in the clinical care and education of autistic individuals across the lifespan, researchers in the field of autism, and autistic individuals and their family members. October 12-13 in Chapel Hill, NC. Register Now!

 

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As the number of professionals trained by the UNC TEACCH® Autism Program increased, the demand for accountability and quality services for individuals on the autism spectrum also increased. To address these needs, TEACCH established a comprehensive Certification Program for educators, psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, and other service providers in the field of autism.

 

The TEACCH Certification Program helps to protect the fidelity, integrity, and quality of the TEACCH model and to provide educators and clinicians with a professional certification that allows them to document their use of evidence-based practices. This program includes two certification levels: Practitioner & Advanced Consultant.

 

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TEACCH® Five-Day Classroom Training provides a theoretical foundation as well as hands-on opportunities to assess and teach individuals on the autism spectrum in a demonstration classroom setting. The premise of this foundation is an understanding of the learning styles of individuals with autism and how to use teaching strategies that capitalize on learning strengths. Participants will have an opportunity to apply these strategies with students of varying ages and developmental levels in a classroom setting during group and individual activities. The training includes presentations, small group discussions, demonstration classroom activities, and hands-on experiences for five consecutive days.

 

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Our research focuses on community dissemination and implementation of intervention and professional development programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum. Our research team comprises an interdisciplinary group of researchers (faculty, postdoctoral fellows, clinical psychology interns, and clinical psychology graduate students) from the School of Medicine and the Department of Psychology and Neurosciences.

 

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TEACCH Employment Services currently serves adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. TEACCH Employment Services helps individuals with ASD to become as independent as possible by assisting them in obtaining and maintaining meaningful and stable employment in predictable and rewarding work environments. Since its inception in 1989, this program has used a variety of job support models to assist more than 500 people with ASD to secure gainful employment and become productive members of their communities.

 

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TEACCH is a University-based system of community regional centers that offers a set of core services meeting the clinical, training, and research needs of individuals with autism, their families, and professionals across the state of North Carolina. TEACCH was founded by Dr. Eric Schopler in 1972 and is a model for other programs around the world. TEACCH provides clinical services such as initial referral and consultation, diagnostic evaluations, family consultation, support groups, individual counseling, and employment services. In addition, TEACCH conducts training and provides consultation for teachers, residential care providers, and professionals from a variety of disciplines. 

 

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TEACCH® provides services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual on the autism spectrum and their family. Services available include diagnostic evaluations to determine whether or not an individual has autism. Support services are offered for individuals with autism and their families through individual intervention services and support groups, parent mentors, and parent teaching sessions. TEACCH provides education and training such as workshops for parents, teachers, and other professionals focusing on characteristics of autism and intervention strategies. TEACCH offers consultation services to programs such as schools or residential communities serving individuals with autism.

 

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