In society, there are groups of children who are different from children in general. They are called children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD = Autistic Spectrum Disorder) or children with autism. Autism is not a contagious disease, but a disorder in a very complex development in children. It affects a number of aspects in life, including communication, social interaction, information processing from the environment, and learning difficulties. Generally, the autism spectrum stays up to adolescence and adulthood and is very individual in nature. This means that every child with the autism spectrum has different characteristics and develops at a different speed. The uniqueness of each child requires special handling that must be adapted to the advantages and disadvantages of each. In order to succeed effectively, treatment must be carried out intensively, consistently and started as early as possible.

One method of handling children with the autism spectrum is TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children) which has been developed since 1972. This method is considered very effective because it harnesses the power in the visual area possessed by children with the autism spectrum. TEACCH integrates aspects of adaptation in the family, special education in schools and support from the community by involving the active role of parents. TEACCH is primarily intended to improve children’s ability to communicate (both verbal and non-verbal), in understanding the surrounding environment, learning new skills, and developing routines in a way that is fun for children.

To introduce the TEACCH method to special schools, therapy centers and parents of children with autism spectrum, the Autism Indonesia Foundation in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) and supported by Mercure Jakarta Cikini Hotel, held a half-day Seminar entitled “Fun Learning TEACCH” on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Ruang Cikini 3 and 4, Mercure Jakarta Cikini Hotel, Central Jakarta. The seminar speaker was Dr. Adriana S. Ginanjar, M.S., Teaching Staff of the Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia, Psychologists, and Chair of the ASEAN Autism Network, and Lusiana Mustika, parents of individuals with an autism spectrum and Management of the Autism Indonesia Foundation. The seminar was attended by a number of teachers and therapists from special schools and therapy centers, students majoring in Special Education. Lisa P Sanjoyo as the hotel General Manager of Mercure Jakarta Cikini commented, “This event is very good and educational in terms of understandings for children with special needs. we as part of the AccorHotels network support this event because in our hotel there are many similar CSR activities beneficial not only for individuals, humans but for nature too.”

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