References to intervention models and comments on the TEACCH methodology and "Floor Time" model as both opportunities for training and in relation to implementation. (Psychologist, Portugal)
There are very many claims for treatments that are said to bring about recovery or cures from autism but unfortunately most of these are based purely on anecdotal reports and are supported by no experimental evidence. TEACCH methodology does not claim to cure autism, but provides a framework for teaching that takes into account children’s particular skills and difficulties. It combines a structured educational approach with behavioural strategies, and there is a particular focus on the use of non-verbal cues to enhance learning. The TEACCH approach has been widely incorporated into educational programmes across much of the world and many teachers and families testify to its success. “Floor time” is a programme specifically designed to build up symbolic and imaginative skills in children with autism. However, the methodology has never been subject to any form of comparative study and hence it is not possible to comment on its effectiveness, or otherwise.