Frequently Asked Questions
- Knowledge of TEACCH Philosophy (understanding autism, strengths-based, using interests, developmental approach, working with parents)
- Application of strategies for working with parents
- Individualization through assessment
- Individualization of the elements of Structured TEACCHing
- Problem solving around issues related to autism and learning style !!!
If you pass the evaluation process (examination, portfolio review and oral assessment), you will be notified as soon as possible (typically at the end of the oral exam) that you have been accepted at the TEACCH Practitioner Level.
Why can’t I train others with whom I work, or give lectures on TEACCH outside my work setting?
The process of becoming proficient in TEACCH principles and practices requires extensive training and experience. Advancing to the level of proficiency in training other professionals requires even more experience, including supervision. In our own program in North Carolina, we expect our autism specialists to work for two years in our model before they move into trainer and consultant roles; and these are professionals immersed in the model on a daily basis. We do not require the same level of commitment for those in the certification program, but do require considerable advanced training as described below.
The primary skills that will be evaluated pertain to consultation, training, and lecturing. With respect to consultation skills, you will be evaluated on your ability to convey knowledge of autism and the Structured TEACCHing approach through consultancy to teachers, parents and other professionals around autism and the Structured TEACCHing model. The focus during the shadow training experience will be working with the groups, doing model work presentations, leading some small group activities during training and other activities.
With respect to skills specific to training, applicants will be evaluated by TEACCH faculty and staff on their knowledge and abilities based on direct observation of performance as a trainer, including lectures. For example, your ability to present through lecture information on autism, Structured TEACCHing and the application of Structured TEACCHing to areas such as communication, social, play and vocation.
If a parent is a professional providing services to individuals with autism (e.g., a teacher, speech therapist, psychologist), he or she can participate in the certification program as any other professional. However, if the parent is home schooling their child or is not professionally credentialed, then the certification program is not an option.
Grindstaff, J. & Marcus, L. (2013). Multidisciplinary training (TEACCH model). In Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (Online Version), Edited by Volkmar F. New York: Springer
Mesibov G.B., Shea V, Schopler E (2005). The TEACCH Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.