The college takes a functional approach to educating its students using TEACCH principles. This requires an instructional methodology that emphasizes the application of knowledge and skills in reality contexts. The emphasis is on teaching age-appropriate skills that are immediately applicable to diverse life settings. The skills will be practiced within the students’ home, college, work and community environment.
The functional approach firsts assess skills using TEACCH TTAP materials. This assessment identifies learning goals and objectives which are then taught through real and simulated instructional experiences. A functional approach fosters the development of skills that increase autonomy, as in self-care activities, as well as functional core academic skills, and encourages construction co-dependence, as in co-operative enterprises and mutual problem solving in the college, home, workplace and community.