About NECC

The New England Center for Children has 40 years of experience helping children with autism.  Started in 1975 with only $30,000 from the Massachusetts DMH, it has grown to be one of the most respected autism institutes in the world. Today, NECC is the global leader in providing effective, evidence-based educational services to children with autism. We rely on the science of applied behavior analysis to help children with autism reach their greatest potential.

Did You Know...?

  • 550

    students served by NECC.

  • 1818

    presentations have been given by NECC staff at various conferences and professional events.

  • 241

    research articles published by NECC staff.

  • 1100+

    dedicated employees helping children with Autism

Research at NECC

Under the guidance of our Director of Research, Dr. Bill Ahearn, our research focuses on basic learning processes of children with autism, teaching techniques for children with severe learning problems, managing challenging behavior, communication training strategies, early intervention practices, and the generalization and maintenance of treatment gains.

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Current Research Programs

  • Identification and Treatment of Sleep Problems.
  • Enhancing Leisure Repertoires in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
  • Problem Behavior During Dental Exams.
  • Evaluation of Healthful Foods as Reinforcers.
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    Our Leadership

    In order to allow our teaching staff to give the best ABA treatment to our children, NECC has assembled a strong leadership team to maintain that focus for generations to come.