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Note: SFTAH transferred this from old data base when site was updated, thus date and name lost, all dates 2006 & 2007 changed during changeover to odd dates.Hello Ellie,I am a parent of a child who has supposedly been educated until recently using TEACCH. My first comment: TEACCH is a structure. It has no content. It doesn't actually TEACH anything!The way it's been used in my child's "education": visual schedules, timetables. Workstations. Timetables, routines. Locks on internal doors. Keep them sitting quietly. Keep smiling when the parents visit the school.But nobody knows how to assess, set targets, TEACH, or assess when something has been taught and it's time to move on.As you are in an academic environment, would you be able to find out whether there is any truly independent peer-reviewed published research that measures what the efficacy of TEACCH is in comparision with Applied Behavioural Analysis when it comes to EDUCATING children with autism? That is, what do they learn, how well, what happens to their performance on standardised tests, what are their functional skills like after a few years of TEACCH or a few years of ABA? Please, if you find anything, post a reference, or a link to an on-line source.I am very concerned TEACCH is only being promoted because 1. It's virtually nil cost to the LEA and 2. "We've got to thrwo some kind of sop to parents to keep them quiet: let's offer TEACCH. They will be impressed by the lable, it will take them years to find out what it really is , and by that time we'll have saved ourselves £££££££s."