High School
  • Does TCI provide a high school experience for students?

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    YES - TCI has secured a new 42000 sq ft facility for its high school and young adult population. TCI has fully equipped state of the art classrooms, Promethean boards, lockers, art and music instruction, and computer technology including laptops, I Pads, and IPods.
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  • Does TCI use research based practices?

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    Yes – TCI’s program is rooted in the methods of Applied Behavioral Analysis. As well, TCI uses research based practices such as Universal Design for Learning, and Differentiated Instruction.

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  • Does TCI use curriculum aligned with Core Content and National Standards?

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    Yes – TCI developed its curriculum, which was approved by the State BOE in 2010. The curriculum is aligned with National Standards and NJ Core Curriculum Standards, but is differentiated to account for various learners.

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  • Does TCI offer related services to support in areas other than academic?

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    YES – TCI has a Clinical Department, Behavioral Department, with BCBA’s, Speech Language Department and a Transition Coordinator.  These members collaborate and coordinate with classroom staff, and families to provide comprehensive services. TCI DOES NOT provide Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy, these services need to be contracted by the sending district; however TCI has the physical facility to support these services being conducted on site.

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  • Does TCI provide opportunities to develop social skills?

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    YES – TCI has a clinical department that provides individual, and paired counseling services, as well as weekly social skills instruction for students.  TCI has secured consultative services from Dr. Jed Baker, renowned expert in the field of autism and social skill development.

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  • Does TCI offer programs to promote integration with neuro – typical peers?

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    YES – TCI has after school programs and have partnered with area high schools including Livingston High School and Montclair Kimberly Academy. Our Teen Excursion Clubs(TEC) are one to one student programs pairing our students with peers from Seton Hall Prep, for our male population, and Mt. Saint Dominic’s for our female population.

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  • Does TCI offer opportunities to develop outside interests, recreation and leisure skills?

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    YES – through TCI’s  afterschool programs students have exposure to various recreation and leisure activities, including the arts, sports, games, and health/fitness activities, such as basketball, glassblowing, dance, yoga, and photography.

    In addition TCI incorporates Interest Groups and Club Activities into students’ school program so they have opportunities to participate in extra- curricular activities comparable to those in a typical high school setting.
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  • Does TCI offer supports for students to address behavioral and social needs?

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    YES – TCI has a Clinical and Behavioral Department. Students may receive counseling services as identified in their Individualized Education Plans. All students participate in weekly social skills lessons with the clinical and / or classroom staff.  Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) implement Behavior Intervention Plans and Positive Behavioral Supports for students if needed. TCI has a behavior management system which can be implemented school wide.

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  • Does TCI offer programs for development of speech and language skills?

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    YES – TCI employs speech language pathologists, and provide therapeutic service for students as identified in their Individualized Education Plans. The Speech Department also collaborates with classroom staff, behaviorists, and jjob coaches to promote language skills and learning across settings.
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  • Does TCI offer academic supports for students?

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    YES – TCI implements instructional methodologies and programs to support varied learners. Principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis are implemented; individual and small group instruction is provided as appropriate, skill acquisition programs are taught, and staff employs differentiated instruction.  TCI has a Supplemental Reading Instructor  on staff who provides specialized instruction, including Wilson Reading and Visualizing and Verbalizing.
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  • Does TCI offer supports for families?

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    YES – TCI offers comprehensive family training program throughout the year. TCI experts as well as experts in the field of autism provide education in varied topics such as eating issues, adolescent development in students on the spectrum, self-advocacy, post-secondary options, and  increasing pro-social behaviors. These sessions occur at the TCI campuses and child care and dinner are provided for TCI FAMILIES.

    TCI families also have opportunities throughout the year to meet with our Consultants – Dr. Mark Faber, Psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Gordon, Psychologist, Dr. Peter Gerhardt, and Maggie Hagerty, BCABA from the Carbone Clinic.

    TCI’s Behavioral Staff will coordinate home parent training sessions for families in the home one time during the school year.  TCI also offers focused support groups on and clinical resource information for families.
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  • Does TCI offer transition services to support a successful transition into adulthood?

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    YES – TCI has a Transition Coordinator who facilitates students’ post- secondary goals. TCI also works with Community Personnel Services (CPS), who provides consultative services to students and their families in their last year at TCI to promote a seamless transition into adulthood.
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  • Does TCI have options for students after TCI?

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    YES – TCI is proud to announce its 21 and over program The Center for Independence (TCI).  This program is a DDD funded program for adults to promote continued growth in vocational, independent living and social skills. The Center is at 6 Regent Street as well, however, it has separate facilities appropriate for adult clients. For more information visit www.tciadults.org
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