TEACCH Seminar, CoAction West Cork

by Jennifer Riney, CoAction West Cork

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A very successful seminar on the TEACCH approach to autism took place in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, on 14-16 February 2001. The seminar was organizsed by CoAction West Cork in conjunction with the Department of Education and Science.

Approximately 200 delegates attended the event, which was presented by Dr Gary Mesibov, Director of Division TEACCH at the University of North Carolina, and Sloane Burgess, also of the University of North Carolina. Both presenters have extensive international experience in delivering training to parents and professionals on the TEACCH programme.

TEACCH (which stands for Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Disabled Children) is an internationally recognised programme which has a pioneering approach to research, service, treatment and education of individuals with autism.

The programme content was excellent, covering a wide range of topics relevant to autism, including the characteristics of autism; communication; social and leisure activities; vocational training; structured teaching; behaviour management; setting up a classroom; and diagnostic and assessment issues. There was also time for detailed question-and-answer sessions.

The seminar was enthusiastically received by all delegates, who travelled from all over Ireland to attend. Delegates included parents, teachers, Department of Education and Science staff, Early Intervention Services staff, speech and language therapists and psychologists.

Further information on the seminar may be obtained by contacting Sinéad Cripps at 027-50069.

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