Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC)

The Therapeutic Learning Center is a public elementary and middle school program for students grades K-8 with intensive special needs. The school supports and helps students acquire the communication, academic readiness, community, life skills, and social skills necessary to have a purposeful and independent life, and strives to help each child reach his or her fullest potential.

Program Features

  • Individualized academic and behavioral programs
  • Discrete trial and incidental teaching
  • Augmentative and alternative communication systems, and assistive technology, to support student access to learning.
  • Research-supported best practices, including Applied Behavior Analysis Methodology
  • Functional Behavior Assessment & Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Social skills and pragmatic language instruction
  • Parent support
  • School Year: 180 days from August-June, 5-week Extended Year Program from early July through mid-August


  • Adaptive Physical Education (individual and/or group)
  • Clinical/Mental Health
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support (PBiS)
  • Speech and Language Therapy

Appropriate referrals include students ages 3-14 who:

  • Are currently on an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Present with significant levels of cognitive delay, communication, and/or social deficits
  • Require moderate to significant modifications to the Common Core Frameworks to make effective academic progress
  • Present with interfering challenging behaviors (e.g., aggression, self-injury)
  • Have been diagnosed with: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Receptive/Expressive Language Delay, Down Syndrome, and other genetic disorders.
  • To refer a student to TLC, please send a referral packet including most recent active IEP, evaluations, progress report, and reason for referral to
    Lisa Daly
    260 Fordham Rd., Suite J Wilmington, MA 01887 or