The TCI Program

At The Children’s Institute of Hong Kong we provide diverse learners with a comprehensive Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) approach to education. TCI is a 12-month full time program for children from 2-13+ years of age. In our interdisciplinary school model, learners receive special instruction ABA interventions in combination with individualized therapeutic services. 

ABA is widely recognized by educators and professionals as the only evidence-based intervention leading to comprehensive, lasting improvemens in the lives of individuals with special education needs. This approach has been endorsed by a number of agencies in the United States, such as the Department of Defense, the US Surgeon General, and the New York State Department of Health.

ABA provides us with

  • An assessment of socially significant behaviors and skill deficits

  • Learner driven motivational systems and positive reinforcement

  • A design for individualized curriculum

How ABA works

  • Skills are broken down into steps based on a given student’s performance

  • Behaviors are considered for their own right and are defined carefully

  • Each student skill is reinforced or corrected until components of each concept are learned

  • More than 200 various instructional tactics are used to ensure learning. “The student is always right” – Fred S. Keller

  • Learning is the responsibility of TCI. “If the student cannot learn the way we are teaching, then we must teach in the way the student can learn” – Ivar O. Lovaas

  • Methods used are scientific and based on research literature

  • All instructional decisions are first parent driven, then student driven

  • Students are in the center stage in the classroom

  • A strong emphasis on Verbal Behavior Analysis (Greer & Ross, 2008) ensures listener and speaker behavior deficits are targeted for improvement

  • The program merges Learn Units (Greer, 2002). Group Instruction, & Natural Environment Training

  • Inclusion and mainstreaming is a systematic goal-oriented process