Therapeutic Support Program

The Therapeutic Support Program (TSP) is a special education placement offered by the district to meet the needs of students with Emotional Impairments. There are multi-grade TSP classes that span grades k-12. Each TSP program is offered within one of the general education schools. K-5 is located at the Bates Elementary School, 6-8 is located at Collins Middle School, and 9-12 is located within Salem High School.

TSP classrooms are taught by a special educator often with the assistance of a paraprofessional. The special education teacher utilizes grade level standards and curriculum to modify and/or accommodate according the student's IEP.

A school adjustment counselor  is assigned specifically to work with the TSP program. Students within the TSP program are often  working on learning to build coping skills and regulate internalizing (e.g. anxiety and depression) and externalizing (e.g. conduct, behavior, aggression, etc.) emotions and behaviors to enhance their active participation and ability to cope with frustrations. A student who has consistently demonstrated pro-social use of coping strategies within the TSP program is often pushed to apply these learned skills in the general education setting.

Our Therapeutic Support Program is located at our Bates Elementary School, Collins Middle School, and Salem High School. Through the IEP Team process a student with an emotional impairment may be recommended for the Salem Prep High School- a separate day high school servicing students with Therapeutic Support needs. 
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