The Research Team at the UNC TEACCH Autism Program wants to hear from you! One of the missions of TEACCH is to provide services to a growing population of adults with autism. In order to achieve this goal, we first need to know the challenges faced by adults with autism and the services and supports that are needed. If you’re interested in learning more about this research study, click here or contact the study coordinator, at TEACCH_Research@med.unc.edu or 919-962-3303.
Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers
TEACCH School Transition to Employment Program
The TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Post-Secondary Education Program (T-STEP) is for students in 9th-12th grade with high-functioning ASD in the Guilford County or Chapel Hill-Carrboro High Schools. This program addresses skills needed for success in college, higher- education, or employment settings. It specifically focuses on organization and time management skills, emotion regulation, and social skills across 19 in-school sessions. Students will also have opportunities to practice these skills on a weekly basis at an in-school internship site. Group sessions will be completed during the 2015-2016 school year in the Guilford Country and Chapel Hill-Carrboro High Schools.
Long-term Adult Outcomes
ASD in Mid-Adulthood: A 40 Year Follow-Up of Individuals Served by the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program
Laura Klinger, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, will conduct a landmark 40-year follow-up study of individuals served by the TEACCH Autism Program. This represents a unique opportunity to study outcomes in middle-aged adults with ASD.
“As the numbers of children diagnosed with ASD increase, there is a growing concern that the resulting increase in adults diagnosed with ASD will overwhelm our current educational, employment, and residential support programs. However, little is known about the long-term outcome and needs of middle age and older adults with ASD. We simply don’t know whether the quality of life improves, declines, or plateaus for individuals with ASD who are past the transition to adulthood years. Additionally, little is known about how symptoms change from childhood to mid-adulthood and what factors predict adult outcome. This is a relatively unchartered research field.
The purpose of the proposed study is to conduct a longitudinal study examining adult outcome in middle-aged adults with ASD who were diagnosed during childhood by the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program. Approximately 7,000 children with ASD were served between 1965 and 2000 and are now adults. The goal of this study is to survey 400 of these adults and their caregivers. The data generated from this research has the potential to make a significant impact on legislative and community service agency decisions that affect adults with ASD.”, as stated by Laura Klinger, Ph.D. read more
New Grant Enables UNC Programs to Launch Unprecedented Collaboration to Improve Services for Young Children with Autism and their Families
Mark Klinger, Ph.D., Director of Research
Katerina Dudley, Graduate Research Assistant
Rachel Sandercock, Graduate Research Assistant
Elena Lamarche, Research Coordinator
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The Research Team at the UNC TEACCH Autism Program wants to hear from you! One of the missions of TEACCH is to provide services to a growing population of adults with autism. In order to achieve this goal, we first need to know the challenges faced by adults with autism and the services and supports that are needed. If you’re interested in learning more about this research study, click here or contact the study coordinator at: TEACCH_Research@med.unc.edu or 919-962-3303.