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TCI Update: TCI for Developmental Disabilities

This update is a two-day program for current TCI certified trainers. The update provides materials to assist staff in adapting TCI skills for children and young people who have developmental disabilities such as autism, intellectual disabilities, or developmental delays. The material is designed to enhance the core TCI activities. Topics include: preventing aggression and violence, the hierarchy of communication, setting conditions and triggers, and adapting the LSI for young people with limited or no verbal communication skills. 

Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and reduce environmental and personal setting conditions for challenging behavior
  • Develop individualized crisis prevention plans for the developmentally disabled population
  • Demonstrate a shortened Life Space Interview (LSI)
  • Apply a hierarchy of communication when using the LSI

Program Outline

Day 1 explores how to prevent aggression and violence and how to apply the hierarchy of communication and behavior support strategies when using the LSI. Physical intervention techniques will be practiced for re-certification testing.
Day 2 focuses on using a shortened LSI technique, an advocate LSI and the use of safety interventions with this population. All participants will be tested with written and competency based tests at the end of the day for re-certification. 


Participants who successfully complete the update receive a TCI Developmental Disabilities reference guide, activity guide, student workbook, and a CD containing the PowerPoint™ presentation for use in their direct training.   

Schedule and Application

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To Get Information About: (email is preferred to phone call)
TCI Training Dates Click here
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Individual TCI Registration or Payment Issues - USA Alissa Burns Medero
Individual TCI Registration or Payment Issues - UK/Ireland Angela Stanton-Greenwood
Bringing TCI to Your Agency via Onsite Training or TCI System Implementation Alissa Burns Medero
Individual TCI Trainer Certification Status or Other Certification Issues Kris Carlison
Holly Smith
Implementing TCI Training for Your Staff Andrea Turnbull