June 30, 2022

Bridget Higgins has been a level 2 teacher and core shift manager (CSM) for The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) Ursla Drive residence for two years. A colleague nominated Higgins because “she is a great leader and mentor” and “when she is on shift you will always feel appreciated. All our students love her, and she does such a great job with every student. She takes the time to say hello to all the boys when she first walks in, and you can tell she really cares about them.”

What is your favorite part of your job?

Getting to be a part of the student’s lives and working with a team of behavior analysts and dedicated staff to make a meaningful impact. 

Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?

My sister has always inspired me to get involved in this community. She is autistic, and our relationship has profoundly impacted my life and allowed me to experience so much joy working with this population. 

Have you taken advantage of any of the grad programs or teacher training at NECC?

Yes. I just finished my second year in the WNEU ABA graduate program. 

How has the WNEU program helped you become a better teacher and CSM?

It has helped me understand the science behind the assessment and treatment process and has opened my mind to all the research opportunities in areas beyond the autism and the treatment of problem behavior. My education through WNEU has informed many of the decisions I make on the floor with students and staff.