Hello, I am Laura Klinger, I am the Director of
the TEACCH Autism Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
and I'm also an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry.
In today's presentation, I'm going to give you
an overview of the TEACCH Autism Program, with
an emphasis on talking about our commitment to supporting
the unique learning differences of individuals with autism.
At TEACCH, we support individuals with autism across
the lifespan, from infancy through older adulthood,
so in my presentation today I'll give you some examples of how to support
learning differences of young children, adolescents, and adults with autism.
The objectives of my presentation today are to help you
understand the unique learning styles associated with autism.
Specifically, I'll be talking about five different learning differences,
or learning disabilities, associated with autism spectrum disorder.
My second goal today is to help you understand
the connection between these learning styles and
challenging behaviors, that you might experience from
children with autism at home, or in schools, or in adult life.
My third goal today is to review evidence-based practices
and strategies that are included in structured teaching,
specifically focusing on visual supports that are
designed to support the learning differences that I'll be discussing today.
Let me start by giving you an overview of
the TEACCH Autism Program here, at the University of North Carolina.
We were established in 1965 by the UNC School of Medicine.
We were founded by Eric Schopler, who at the time was one of the first professionals in
the world who thought that autism was not caused by poor parenting,
but instead was a learning difference or learning disability.
We were state funded, as a series of regional centers, in 1972.
Currently, TEACCH is a series of seven outpatient clinics, around the state of North Carolina in
the United States, we're part of the UNC healthcare system and the North Carolina AHEC program.