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New England Center for Children, The


New England Center for Children, The

New England Center for Children, The

Southboro, Massachusetts

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The New England Center for Children (NECC) is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education National Award for Model Professional Development.

NECC was founded in 1975 and is located in Southboro, MA, 20 miles west of Boston. The Center's primary mission is to increase the skills of children, adolescents and young adults with autism and other developmental disorders through the use of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Serving over 200 children and young adults from 69 Massachusetts towns and cities, as well as 10 other states and 4 foreign countries, The Center provides comprehensive educational, residential and clinical services in a variety of day and residential treatment programs.

Many of our students, particularly those in our residential programs, display intense, chronic or seriously interfering behaviors including aggression, property destruction, and self-injury. The overriding goal is to help these students decrease their interfering behaviors and increase their ability to function independently. Toward these ends, we provide comprehensive assessment, individualized ABA programming, speech and language training, academic instruction, community-based activities, health care, student employment, adapted physical education, family services and more.

A critical component of the success of our programs is the competency of our teachers, all of whom are college graduates. We provide intensive training in basic behavior analytic techniques, and all teachers must pass a graduate-level introductory ABA course during their first months of employment. In addition, we are associated with two master degree programs, Simmons College's masters in severe special needs and Western New England University's masters in applied behavior analysis. Both are 3-year programs with courses taught on site and research projects and master's theses supervised on site by The New England Center personnel.

The Center seeks to further the understanding and treatment of autism and other developmental disorders through its dynamic on-site research program. Our research, which is disseminated nationwide, focuses on basic learning processes, teaching techniques for children with severe learning problems, managing challenging behaviors, communication training strategies, early intervention and the generalization and maintenance of treatment gains.

For more information please contact:

Scott Barnes
Director of Staff Development
New England Center for Children, The
33 Turnpike Road
Southboro, MA 01772

Fax: 508-485-3421
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