TEACCH Room Provision
Our TEACCH rooms form part of the whole school support provided for children with barriers to learning.
We have two TEACCH rooms, a Key Stage 1 room offering provision for EYFS – Year 2 and a Key Stage 2 room catering for years 3-6.
Each TEACCH room provides:
- a small discrete class, usually of 8 children
- a safe and predictable structured environment
- opportunities for children to revisit early missed ‘nurturing’ experiences
- a modified curriculum in a supportive, caring and highly visual environment
- interventions for those children who are unable to access learning successfully in their mainstream classroom
TEACCH Room staff model positive relationships and there is an emphasis on the development of language and communication skills and a focus on social, emotional and challenging behaviour. Children in the TEACCH rooms gain skills such as listening, sharing and turn-taking that will reduce (or remove) barriers to learning, therefore enabling success back in the mainstream classroom.
Using the TEACHH approach to classroom management and education also enables children to work on following instructions, respecting school rules and developing confidence and independence. This approach recognises that difficult behaviour may result from underlying problems in perception and understanding.
The principles and concepts guiding the TEACCH system:
improved adaptation: through the two strategies of improving skills by means of education and of modifying the environment to accommodate deficits
parent collaboration: parents work with professionals as co-therapists for their children so that techniques can be continued at home
assessment for individualised treatment: unique educational programmes are designed for all individuals on the basis of regular assessments of abilities
structured teaching: it has been found that children with autism benefit more from a structured educational environment than from free approaches
skill enhancement: assessment identifies emerging skills and work then focuses upon these. (This approach is also applied to staff and parent training.)
cognitive and behaviour therapy: educational procedures are guided by theories of cognition and behaviour suggesting that difficult behaviour may result from underlying problems in perception and understanding
generalist training: professionals in the TEACCH system are trained as generalists who understand the whole child, and do not specialise as psychologists or speech therapists.
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