Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism

NECC's services are designed to provide students with the skills needed to live productive and happy lives. Emphasizing independence, skill development, and safety, NECC services including academic, speech and language therapy, social and life skills development, vocational training, physical education, occupational therapy, family services, outreach services and health care have been carefully developed to deliver superior care and heightened learning opportunities for each child we serve.

Treatment Approach

Students playing with PuzzleChildren with autism typically have uneven patterns of development, resulting in a wide range of functioning levels. Many are easily distracted, have difficulty organizing information, and often fail to generalize and maintain what they learn. It is important for curriculum to allow flexibility for individual differences in learning profiles.
NECC's curriculum is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is derived from the science of Behaviorism, founded by B.F. Skinner, and concerned with identifying how people learn and what motivates their behavior. ABA is the only proven treatment approach with empirical data and a body of scientific literature to support its effectiveness with children.

How We Use ABA

Student at Work ABA is the application of information about learning and motivation to help people with everyday problems. It provides scientifically-derived interventions to overcome the learning and communication deficits and behavioral excesses of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
ABA provides NECC with proven methodologies, based on positive reinforcement, to teach skills across a student's day: at home, in the residence, at school, and in the community. We use many different methods including task analysis, discrete trials, incidental learning, and other proven curricula that best suit the individual student's learning style.
Data are taken before and during treatment and ineffective interventions are revised quickly to ensure continued progress. Skills are taught systematically across teachers, parents and settings to insure generalization and maintenance in less structured environments.