Candidate Profile

Eligible Candidates:
Age range 5 – 25
Mode Age 15
Intellectual capability
(see exclusionary criteria)
Mild to severe self-regulation deficits
Clinical issues include one or
more of the following:
Mood disorder
Anxiety disorder
Oppositional defiant disorder
Impaired attention and concentration
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Tourette’s Syndrome
Asperger Syndrome or PDD, NOS
(or Autism Spectrum Disorder by symptom criteria)
Lacks age-appropriate social skills and judgment
School avoidance
Specific learning disabilities
Social communication (pragmatics) disorder (SCD)
Asperger syndrome (1CD 10 – 11 criteria)

Strengths include:
Ability to demonstrate cause and effect reasoning
Ability to respond to a contingency management system
Able to be redirected when problem behaviors occur
Able to use prompts
Willing to learn and use interventions to interrupt behaviors that compete
with required tasks, e.g. use of time offs, sensory breaks
Motivated to obtain a diploma
Willing to participate in therapeutic process
Consistent family involvement in education and treatment
Visiting resources for time away from school

Exclusionary Criteria:
Does NOT have the following behaviors or primary clinical diagnosis:
Intellectual Developmental Disorder, Severe or Profound, based on a history of ongoing assessment, and specified by Conceptual, Social and Practical Domains (Rosa’s Law, Public Law 111-256)
Psychotic disorder
Active drug or alcohol use
Aggressive/assaultive behaviors requiring restraint or aversive methods
Conduct disorder (DSM-V criteria which include: lack of regard for the rights of others, no remorse, cruelty to animals, fire-starter, targets persons and bullies and threatens others, etc.)
Requires routine physical intervention to control behaviors and maintain safety
Borderline Personality Disorder
Pattern of delopement behaviors, currently demonstrated
Fire setting history
Sexual perpetrator by history
Intermittent explosive disorder (across settings by history)

Educational Agency and/or Children Service Agency endorsement and support of the child’s placement is an option chosen by agencies.
Family referral (TLC placement is an option chosen by the families.)
Family willingness to participate in therapy and parent training.
Eligibility for Special Education services under the IDEA and/or SDA DSM-V, ICD-10-11 criteria.

International – INS Approved
Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Approved by the CT State Department of Education
Approved by the MA State Department of Education
Approved by the NJ State Department of Education
Approved by the CA State Department of Education
12 months of service
Multicultural Student Body
Class size of five to seven students
Certified special education and regular
certification, by discipline, teachers
Collaborative teaching with English, Math,
Science, and History specialists
Applied Performing Arts Curriculum: Art, Architecture, Printing, Digital Art, 3D Printing Technology, Music, Composing, Drama, Photography, and Music Technology
Personalized instruction for advanced math, foreign language, writing skills
Computer-assisted instruction
Positive incentive program
Performance monitoring database managed by teacher and student each period
Personalized academic objectives in all subjects
Self-paced learning over 12 months, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. program
Same sex and co-ed residential living options
Highly-structured, licensed residential living
Awake overnight staff in each residence
Residential program in homes staffed by trained staff
Residences provide overall staff to student ratio of 1:4
Residences monitored by remote access continuous video
Young adults ages 17 – 25 transition services support community living – post diploma community college assistance, certificate – continuing education and vocational support services and apartment living.
School age through young adult program

Mountain Climbing and Hiking
Salt Water Fishing
Horse Program (NARHA)
Equestrian Skills (English and Western)
Horse Grooming

Small Group, Family, and Individual Therapy
Social Skills and Communication Skills
(Extended Day Program)
Independent and Transitional Living Programs
Vocational Training Program
Young Apprentice Program
Apartment Living Program (Community Living)
Wilderness Activities
Noncompetitive Athletics

Extensive Summer Program

Psychiatric Service
Nursing Staff
Neuropsychological Service
Licensed Therapists
Pragmatic Language Specialist


Total Number Students 81
Lower School – students from 6 to 12 years
Meadows and Breeze Cottage

Middle School – students from 13 to 16 years

Upper School – students from 16 to 19 years

Post Graduate – College experience – 18 to 22 years
World of Work – Community based experience – 18 to 22 years

Average to High IQ
Specific Learning Disabilities
Pragmatic Language Deficits
Executive functioning deficits
Writing difficulties
Reading comprehension difficulties
Unreliable self estimation
Difficulties managing classroom routine

Day and residential programs are co-ed
30% of the students are girls, 70% are boys