Program Structure

TGS Program Structure…

…consists of the Core Program, Academic Intervention (AIP), Behavioral Support (BSP) and Counseling Support (CSP).  Aspects of all three, AIP, BSP & CSP are present in the Core Program, but the AIP, BSP and CSP allow more direct services to be allocated to students demonstrating greater needs in these areas. The information below provides a summary of the four programs. If you are interested in AIP, BSP or CSP, please ask for a detailed description.

TGS Core Program

All components of this program are provided to all full-time enrolled TGS students.

1) Academic rigor commensurate with student ability, including independent study and college coursework as required, subject to staff/mentor availability. Graduation requirements tailored to desired post-secondary outcomes.

2) Personal Projects™ program providing direct instruction in Executive Function skills and experience in the process of researching, planning, and presenting on a topic of high interest. 5-6 projects per year, including one Personal Growth project to enhance self-awareness.

3) Core academic instruction in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English/ Language Arts delivered via multi-modal learning model, accommodating of multiple intelligences and learning styles. Small classes of no more than 8 students provide opportunities for individual homework and study skills support.

4) Integrated social support with daily monitoring and coaching including Perspectives weekly social communication class and Real World 101 (RW101) life skills program.

5) School-wide positive behavior support system, targeting expected classroom behaviors and individualized executive function support. Students earn daily points which may be spent for individual items in the Phoenix Prize Store or “banked” toward larger items or group rewards.

6) Transition services as appropriate to post-secondary goals, including weekly career/college course for HS students covering standardized test prep, career planning, and college/workplace support needs.

7) Plus One personalized enrichment activities to pursue special interests and develop leisure skills (school-based and/or community-based).

Academic Intervention Program (AIP)

In addition to TGS’ Core Program, students needing additional academic support may enroll in the AIP (maximum of two subjects).  AIP students will follow a similar daily schedule to all other TGS students, with academic intervention delivered during the school day.

Enrollment in the Academic Intervention Program is required for students with a documented learning disability in math, reading, and/or writing, or students who are up to two grade levels behind in 1-2 academic subjects. Temple Grandin School is not able to accommodate students who are 2 grade levels behind in more than 2 subject areas.

Academic Intervention Program – Additional Services

  1. Targeted, frequent assessment to guide intervention.
  2. Interventions developed specifically for TGS learners will incorporate intensive individualized study skills, organizational skills, and academic motivation.
  3. Students will receive 1:1 instruction with frequent, individualized positive feedback for performance to target low self-esteem related to past academic problems.
  4. Parents will receive progress monitoring updates in addition to regular grade reports.
  5. Interventionists will participate in all family conferences and provide a comprehensive report at the end of each school year.

The  AIP provides the above services at a cost of $2880 per subject, per year (maximum of two subjects).

Behavioral Support Program (BSP)

In addition to TGS’ Core Program, students needing additional behavioral support to function independently in the TGS environment may enroll in the BSP.

The goal of the BSP is to teach students the skills and strategies they need to be successful, independent learners in TGS’ socio-academic environment. Consistently observed behaviors of concern that may be addressed by this program include, but are not limited to:

  • personal space violations,
  • excessive interruptions during class,
  • physical and emotional regulation challenges,
  • extremely low frustration tolerance,
  • frequent technology misuse and/or internet addiction,
  • anger management,
  • frequent verbal or behavioral refusal to follow teacher instructions,
  • frequent work avoidance due to anxiety, and
  • need for significant adult support in order to engage in academic work.

Students who consistently demonstrate 3 or more of the above (or similar) behaviors may be candidates for the Behavioral Support Program. Recommendation for enrollment in the BSP will be based on a comprehensive review by TGS’ Support Team, including, but not limited to:

  1. Past and current diagnostic evaluations and reports;
  2. Behavioral concerns indicated by the BRIEF, BASC-2, and any other rating scales submitted during the admissions process;
  3. Past and current school performance and reports of classroom behavior;
  4. Parent and teacher input obtained from the TGS Program Placement Request form.

All BSP placement decisions are final. Students with a documented need for Behavioral Support will be required to enroll in the BSP in order to attend TGS. All BSP placements are evaluated yearly, with a minimum enrollment period of one school year.

All TGS admissions decisions, including inclusion in the BSP, will consider the needs of all students in the Behavioral Support Program as well as the larger TGS community. In order to provide adequate staffing and support for all TGS students, a limited number of BSP slots are available each year.

TGS’ Behavioral Support program is directed by a certified BCBA, with limited in-house psychological services provided by licensed professionals. As such, families may be able to bill the costs to their insurance carriers (please consult your financial adviser and/or health care representative).

Behavioral Support Program – Additional Services

  1. Functional Behavior Analysis with baseline data.
  2. Individual behavior plan creation and implementation by TGS’ Behavior Analyst.
  3. 1:1 support as needed to enable participation in TGS on-site and community-based activities to the maximum extent possible.
  4. Ongoing data collection with monthly progress updates.
  5. Additional consultation with TGS’ Support staff to support home-school coordination of processes.
  6. Behavior services directed by a BCBA or licensed psychologist, including direct instruction in self-regulation and coping skills, social interaction, and emotional control.
  7. Light counseling each week by a Licensed Professional Counselor or School Psychologist, to address anxiety, motivation, minor depression, social difficulties, or academic problems.
  8. Ongoing coordination of services with outside providers.

The  BSP provides the above additional services at a cost of$7200 per year.

Counseling Support Program (CSP)

This program is intended for students who require and benefit from additional time with support staff in order to sort through social concerns, address feelings or anxieties, and to develop adaptive coping strategies. Methods include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy support to target adaptive thought patterns, reduce negative ‘feedback loop’ or black and white thinking patterns. Play therapy may be offered in some cases in order to build rapport, allow for role-play in social pragmatics and to build creative coping strategies in a non-threatening therapy setting.

The support provided by the Counseling Support program is intended to be more consistent and specific than that available to Core students, but still ‘light’ in nature, to address typical school stressors and social concerns. More intensive support for serious psychiatric issues and for threats to self or others will be referred to an outside therapist.

Counseling Support Program – Additional Services:

1) 30 minutes of one-on-one counseling support from school psychology consultant or licensed professional counselor each week.
2) 45 minutes of group therapy/ peer support counseling, facilitated by school psychology consultant or licensed counselor. These sessions will take place two times per week.
3) 30 minutes of parent consultation time by phone or in person, 2 times per month.
4) 30 minutes of case notes, case review with support staff, and treatment planning time each week.

As with other TGS programs, parents will have the option to request the program and that would be made available on a space-available basis. In addition to parent recommendation, TGS will select the program for students based on a compressive portfolio review as well as a careful look at the amount of support staff time continuing students regularly require.

Once the decision is made to recommend a student for the Counseling Support Program, the decision is final. However, parents may opt to provide outside therapy services for the student in the same dosage, with appropriate documentation to that effect.

The  CSP provides the above services at a cost of $3500 per year.