TEACCH autism program: supporting the unique learning differences of autism

Published on May 30, 2021   41 min

Other Talks in the Category: Diseases, Disorders & Treatments

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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