Multidimensional assessment procedure was used to evaluate effects of the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children) program principles and strategies (i.g. individualization, structured learning, environmental adaptation) after 12 and 18 months of structured intervention. The sample was composed of 18 children and adolescents with autism, with a mean chronological age of 13 years and a mean mental age of 16 months (severe and profound mental retardation). The instruments used were: Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Vineland Adaptation Behavioral Scale, PsychoEducational Profile -Revised, Echelle d'Evaluation Fonctionnelle des Comportements of Lelord. Structured observations of maladaptive behaviors and spontaneous communication were made. Results showed an increase in working skills and functional communication abilities. In addition, the structured teaching seemed to reduce disadaptive behaviors allowing an easier management of behavioral problems.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Developmental and Educational Psychology