TSEN supports individuals in working, volunteering, and participating in leisure activities, all within their community.  Through these activities, participants are able to contribute as well as benefit from being a part of a community.



The SIL/Respite Program


The SIL/Respite Department is a newly developed branch of TSEN. Along with the TSEN founding day program, both the SIL and Respite programs believe in Individualized (Person Centered) Planning. TSEN believes as a smaller organization we are able to focus more on individual needs and offer better supports that fit the individual.


Through our respite program we offer support in community inclusion and community networking by fostering new relationships within the community not just community participation. We also offer supports in life skills such as but not limited to cooking, budgeting and grocery shopping through our Supported Independent Living Program.  This program focuses on identifying skill levels through our Independent Living Skills Assessment and working with the individual to develop those skills in a practical manor


The Literacy Program


Literacy is an integral part of the overall programming at TSEN. Facilitated by a certified teacher the collaborative approach includes coordinators, facilitators and consumers in the development and delivery of each consumer’s literacy program.


Individualized programs are based on the consumers assessed skill levels in reading, writing, comprehension and math computation. Learning styles and areas of interest are taken into consideration when addressing learning modalities and consumer strengths. Connecting consumer’s to real life applications and experiences help move them through authentic learning and assessment of their academic and social development.


The collaborative effort of coordinators, facilitators and consumer’s in all areas aid consumer’s in using their written, verbal, academic and social skills to bring about the growth and development of the whole individual through literacy.


Literacy content addresses:


Reading readiness

Reading comprehension

Vocabulary development

Language application (oral and written)

Spelling

Mathematics (basic skills and life skills)

Life science

Biology

Computer literacy

Research


All of the above are examples of consumer needs driven curricula.