TEACCH stands for "Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children. TEACCH was developed by Eric Shopler at the University of North Carolina in the early 1970's. TEACCH focuses on teaching functional skills to children with Autism by creating a plan based on the child's individual needs, skills, and interests. TEACCH also provides clinical evaluations, parent training, support groups, and social play/recreation groups for children in the program.
When the TEACCH program started it was a parent and child psychoanalysis group. It rapidly transformed into a skill-based approach that relied upon strong parent-professional collaboration. Structured teaching combined with the use of visual materials and a stress-free environment are used to help children aquire new skills.