Interventions for Adults

ADULT PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

These TEACCH® sessions provide an opportunity for adults with autism spectrum disorders to discuss matters of personal importance such as relationships with others or work. The sessions program is short-term (4 to 6 sessions) and goal-directed. It is not psychotherapy or a replacement for psychotherapy. This program is useful for independent adults who are motivated to discuss and work on goals for themselves.

Appointment Type: Direct Intervention: Individual
Duration: 1 hour
Center Availability: Varies by Center, contact your local TEACCH Center for more information

INDIVIDUAL PARENT-ADULT(CHILD) TEACHING SESSIONS

These TEACCH® sessions are available to parents of adults with autism. They provide an opportunity for parents to learn ways of teaching their child at home and in the community to help deal with behavior problems, self-help and other skills including communication and social skills. Sessions are time-limited and scheduled once a week, typically for 4-6 sessions.

Appointment Type: Direct Intervention: Individual
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Center Availability: Varies by Center, contact your local TEACCH Center for more information

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM

Informal gatherings for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are able to discuss and problem solve their own and others' concerns. One focus of this group is developing a support system among the group members.

Appointment Type: Support/Education Group
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Center Availability: Varies by Center, contact your local TEACCH Center for more information

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR ADULTS WITH ASD

This service helps individuals with ASD obtain and maintain employment in community settings. The components of Supported Employment are are vocational assessment, job development, intensive training, and long term support. Individuals are not required to receive all components of this service.

Appointment Type: Consultation and Direct Intervention
Duration: Varies based on needs of individual
Center Availability: Chapel Hill and Greensboro

INTENSIVE-NEED SESSIONS

Some clients with autism have intensive needs that require services above and beyond regular TEACCH® sessions. Clients receiving these sessions typically have significant behavioral or emotional difficulties and have limited options for receiving services from other providers in their communities. TEACCH centers are available to provide more intensive and/or ongoing services to a limited number of clients. Typically, these sessions involve working with family members or community service providers to help them work directly with the individual with autism around a variety of issues. The ability to provide longer-term services is based on client need and staff availability.

Appointment Type: Direct Intervention: Individual
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Center Availability: Varies by Center, contact your local TEACCH Center for more information