Teaching Children with Autism

 

Mary came to NECC after a disastrous public school experience where she was hitting herself in the head up to 80 times a day and constantly having tantrums. She had to endure harassment from her peers and being placed in a padded area for her destructive, aggressive behavior. These were the unfortunate, non-conducive circumstances in which Mary found herself at school. She was self-destructive, depressed, and in her own way, expressive that her life was not worth living.

Today, you would be hard-pressed to recognize her as that same child; the progress Mary has made is undeniably remarkable. As a friend recently commented "They fixed her!" Because of the amazing treatment she has received, she now has almost flawless behavior. Her weeks are full of fun time with the family, gymnastics class, rewarding academics and hikes with her friends. She is a happy, productive child who is looking forward to going to the prom and singing in the talent show. She says it best of all when she tells her teachers that "It's good to be me."

-Susan and Jeff, Mary's Parents

The New England Center for Children provides a full range of educational, residential and treatment programs designed to help children with autism, PDD and other developmental disabilities reach their full potential. Our programs are designed to give children with autism a strong foundation on which they can learn, grow and thrive. NECC programs offer a continuum of services for children at various ages and levels of ability.

Emphasizing independence, skill development, and safety, our educational services have been carefully developed to deliver superior care and heightened learning opportunities for each child we serve. To that end, our services complement our programs by teaching students with autism through real world opportunities and experiences essential to physical, cognitive and psychological growth.

Using state-of-the-art Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching methodologies contained in the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia (ACE) we focus on teaching our students the skills they need to increase their abilities to function and communicate successfully with as much independence as possible. NECC's curriculum focuses on academic, speech and language, social and life skills development, vocational training, physical education, occupational therapy, family services, outreach services and health care. All NECC services have been carefully developed to deliver superior care and heightened learning opportunities for each child we serve.