My son Dennis, aged 10 (ASD) attended TCI for 6 months. As he was considered to be non responsive to verbal instructions, Dennis was way behind in math and reading. This resulted in a very unwilling boy to do any math at all. During this 6 months at TCI, Dennis has changed 360 degrees and now he loves math! He practices at home without any prompts and is very proud of his achievements!
Next to that, his social skills have improved enormously. Social skills are embedded in the whole school environment, so it’s a continuous process of learning throughout the day. I do believe that the combination of one to one education with a fair amount of integration in a main stream school is a total win-win situation. However, this can only be achieved if you have a dedicated team of teachers, like those in TCI, who work with mainstream teachers, like The Harbour School, to make it happen. They have proved that it’s possible!
The teachers are totally dedicated to Dennis and this makes you feel welcome every day. In Dennis' previous school, he would sneak into the classroom and refuse to say hello to the teacher and/or peers. Now he is a happy camper who says hello to everyone and shows a lot more confidence! As a parent, you can only dream that all schools in the whole world would be set up like this, so you can give your child the utmost of any education suitable for his specific needs. Dennis has attended 4 types of schools in his short life and TCI proved to be at the very very top of any education available for kids with ASD! Regrettably we will leave TCI and return to our home country but I am convinced that more children will blossom by attending TCI in the future!
Dolores van Dongen
In a nutshell, what I think of TCI, is somewhat like that of a second home for my son. The instructors in this special school genuinely are concerned for my son's progress and development and I am awed by the level of patience they give my son to guide him step-by-step towards his goals for each day. Everyday, I feel reassured to entrust my son to these wonderful people who are almost like parents in the sense, that they really do care about my son and no matter what challenges my son would give them, they are all the more determined to help my son overcome his weaknesses and nurture his strengths.
My son was initially given a 2-year program with TCI but because of day-to-day coordinated efforts between his teachers and us, we were able to achieve so much in a year and now, he has been given his most deserving place in THS.
I am truly happy with TCI. My son is privileged to have been part of it. Congratulations to the staff of TCI under Dr. Greenberg. Our most heartfelt thanks goes to both Ms. Ng and Ms. Cheng. You are a blessing to us parents who need much more than just a helping hand. TCI has heart and soul.
Anonymous parent of The Harbour School
Kaden has studied at TCI programme and The Harbour School since May 2010. As parents of an autistic kid,we feel that it is hard to teach Kaden to have a normal social life with other kids. Throwing his tantrums, lack of self-control, understanding, and speech bothers us a lot at home. TCI's ABA programme works very well on him. I can see a dramatic change in Kaden’s behaviour and he has become a talkative and more reasonable young man. The great team at TCI has helped Kaden understand and obey rules (take turns, sharing). With the successful integration opportunities that TCI provides, Kaden has become able to play and learn with other typical kids at Kindergarten class which affects him a lot. We appreciate the patience, care, and love of all the one to one teachers have given to Kaden. Kaden is very lucky to have them around during these critical moments. Without all of their help, I am sure Kaden would not have improved so much.
30 June 2011
Tom was diagnosed with ADHD and working abroad in the various countries in Asia has been a nightmare in regards to find an International School that was able to get him the attention that he needed to succeed. Being asked to leave a school at the age of 3 and continuous having to worry if he would be able to sustain in a school is obviously a blow to a parent. To make a long story short: when arrived in HK even before signing my contract I signed Tom up in TCI as it seemed to be a great system combining a regular school integration as well as working on a custom made program that works on Tom. Last week Tom ‘graduated’ from TCI and is now doing great in Harbor school. Thank you TCI team you truly made an unforgettable impact on us.
Nuch, Tom & Toine
We were very fortunate to have discovered TCI shortly after our son was diagnosed with ASD at the age of two. Our son started ABA training and kindergarten education at the early age of two-and-half. Through a combination of one-on-one ABA training, speech therapy, and regular classroom education assisted by a TCI shadow teacher, our son made steady progress. With the help of TCI services, he had learned to speak, had been toilet trained, learned to read, write and do arithmetic, as well as how to socialize with other kids. After slightly over two years, our son had made enough progress to "graduate" from TCI and join regular classroom without dedicated assistance. In our search, TCI offered the best comprehensive program to help children with ASD. Through TCI's special relationship with The Harbour School, TCI offered not only specialized one-on-one training, but also a gradual transition into mainstream classroom. Above all else, our son loved going to school, and missed his teachers when school is out on holiday. We are very grateful to TCI, and TCI's dedicated staff.
Dr.Tao, Qinchen Victoria
Before TCI, our son was a late talker and lacked motivation to express himself in words or socialise. As such, he wasn't able to fully participate in or benefit from a normal classroom setting, though he was advanced in such academic areas as math, reading or spelling etc. As parents, we were very worried about him thus were looking for a place that can help him to improve his language and social skills while at the same time further develop his strength areas at an advanced/individualised pace. He joined THS with TCI support when he was almost 4 years old in 2016. With the help from TCI teachers and its individualised learning program, our son was fully integrated into THS after 6 months being officially enrolled, and completely shadowing out without any TCI support after another 6 months. His social skills improved significantly as he interacted with fellow THS students and teachers on a daily basis, and having no trouble participating in everyday activities or mingling with fellow students. On the other hand, he was able to further advance his strength in math, doing grade 2 level while still kindergarten.
Every kid is unique and has his or her own path to grow and develop, now we realise. Yet with TCI and its dedicated staff and individualised programs, our son were able to catch up quickly with other kids in his weakness area while unlock his potential in others. We are very grateful to TCI and all its great teachers.
Anonymous parent of The Harbour School, July 2017
Our son who suffers from a severe speech and language delay, used to vent his frustrations through tantrums, defiance and a lack of self control, which made it difficult for a teacher to successfully handle him as part of a group. The teachers at TCI created an individualized support framework for him, and he had the services of a full-time TCI shadow, within the the THS classrooms during his Kindergarten and part of his Grade 1 years. He quickly developed an easy rapport with his teachers, and they were on hand to gently correct or model appropriate behavior for him in a range of his school settings. Through the use of ABA, they were able to monitor progress and identify the particular situations which caused more stress for him. Once TCI felt that he was ready to graduate, they implemented a fade out plan which gently decreased their involvement. My son is now fully integrated within THS, enjoys his school days and has even advanced a couple of years ahead in Maths. According to his teachers he is a useful and productive member of the classroom.
For us, one of the aspects which made the TCI experience so successful was how involved we were made to feel as a family. Aside from regular update meetings where a progress summary and plans would be shared, we also received daily emails from the TCI teacher who had been working with our son that day. That means we not only knew exactly what was going on, which helped us discuss the ups and downs of the day with him at the end of the day, but it also eased our own anxieties.
Anonymous parent of The Harbour School, September 2017