Laurie, Kathy, and I owe much to TEACCH for what we learned about students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
From my early experiences came the knowledge that memory of routines was a strength for our students. From the experiences of TEACCH collaborators came the knowledge that the individual’s processing of visual information was another strong skill.
(You can find multitudes of examples of using visual cues in our Tasks Galore books.)
Our students were learning skills through the use of these visual supports that made tasks more meaningful, however, we needed to figure out how to help them
- be more flexible and not so dependent on their same routines
- deal with the abstract concept of time
- manage to shift their attention from their strong interests to learning new skills
- make transitions throughout their home or school day
- recognize how events fit together