Information on effectiveness and support for TEACCH

Minerva Bradley made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

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Dear Department of Education (Northern Ireland),

I note that Middletown Centre for Autism is running a TEACCH course (at a cost of £990 per person, non-residential) from 10th-14th March 2014.

The leaflet for this course states

'These methods are acclaimed internationally and have proven effectiveness in the education and management of people with autistic spectrum disorders'

and also

'SEELB are pleased to promote the use of TEACCH by offering this training again'

Can you please tell me:

1. What is the evidence base for the 'proven effectiveness' of TEACCH?

2. When it became DENI policy to promote the use of TEACCH (when the Task Group report states that no one 'approach' should be promoted)?

3. How much to date has been spent from public funds on TEACCH courses at Middletown?

4. How much has been spent from public funds on ABA training at Middletown?

Yours faithfully,

Minerva Bradley

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Dear Ms Bradley

 

Thank you for your emails seeking information regarding the training for
eclectic approach at Middletown Centre for Autism etc. Your requests were
received on 4 December 2013 and will be dealt with under the terms of the
above legislation. The leaflet enclosed tells you about the legislation
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Moffett, Kevin,

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Ms Bradley

Please see the attached response to FOI requests FOI DE/2013-0227 and
DE/2013-0228.

Regards, Kevin

Kevin T Moffett
Special Education Team
028 9127 9942

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Dear Kevin,
thank you for your very comprehensive reply regarding the evidence base for TEACCH effectiveness, and I will endeavour to follow up the references you sent.

With respect to promotion of TEACCH you note that 'It is neither the Department nor the Centre’s policy to promote TEACCH over any other form of intervention' yet the flyer for the training states quite clearly that SEELB are 'pleased to promote the use of TEACCH by offering this training again'(no disclaimers with respect to other interventions are evident). The overall effect therefore to parents/teachers reading this flyer is that SEELB (acting under the remit of DENI) is actively promoting TEACCH. Perhaps SEELB should be reminded of DENI policy when writing promotional literature.

Yours sincerely,

Minerva Bradley

Moffett, Kevin,

Ms Bradley

Your comments are noted.

Regards, Kevin

Kevin T Moffett
Special Education Team
028 9127 9942

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Ms Bradley

 

Thank you for your email below. This request was received and acknowledged
on 4 December 2013 and responded to you by email on 3 January 2014 which I
have attached.

 

Kind Regards

 

Business Support Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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