Interventions for School-age Children & Adolescents

Individual Parent TEACCHing Sessions – 8 - 12 Sessions Model

Individualized Parent TEACCHing Sessions are designed to facilitate a collaboration/partnership between TEACCH staff and parents. A key to this collaboration is our underlying philosophy that parents know their child best and that TEACCH can provide information, strategies, and support to address the needs of their child. Individual parent TEACCHing sessions are available to parents of individuals with autism, ages three through adulthood (and under three who are not able to be served by In-home Early Intervention services).

These sessions provide an opportunity for parents to learn ways of teaching their child at home, build self-help and other home skills including communication and social skills, as well as address behavioral concerns. Sessions are one hour in length and offered weekly. The number of sessions varies depending on the individual’s need (typically eight to twelve sessions). During the sessions, a therapist works directly with the child to model suggested strategies. A parent consultant discusses these strategies and answers any questions the parent may have while they observe the session through a one way mirror. For more able adolescents, intervention sessions may involve a Autism Specialist meeting directly with the adolescent while another Autism Specialist works with the parent in separate room depending on the needs of the family.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the first two of our Chapel Hill TEACCH Parent Information Seminars prior to beginning individual sessions. The Seminars are each two hours in length and designed to provide information about autism and structured teaching.

Intensive Need Sessions

Some individuals with autism have intensive needs that require services above and beyond standard 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 services may be available to provide more intensive and/or ongoing service to a limited number of clients. Typically, these sessions involve working with family members or community service providers to help them in providing direct services to an individual with autism around a variety of issues. The ability to provide longer-term services is based on client need and staff availability.

The GoriLLA Group

The Chapel Hill TEACCH Center is offering a group intervention model for children with autism and their parents. The “Growing, Learning, and Living with Autism” group sessions are intended for students who are primarily included in regular education in their school and have appropriate reading skills for their grade level. Students will be grouped by grade level: Kindergarten to 1st grade; 2nd to 4th grades, 3rd to 5th grades, or Middle School students. There will be up to a total of 4 children per group and at least one parent is required to attend each time. Click here for more information.