An Evaluation of a Punisher Assessment for Decreasing Automatically Reinforced Problem Behavior – Poster @ APBA Annual Convention
Mar 24 all-day

Amanda Verriden, Eileen Roscoe, Daniel Fredericks, and Holly Wiggins present a poster at APBA’s 7th Annual Convention, New Orleans, IL.

Characterizing Changes in Play Behavior for Toddlers with Autism Following EIBI – Poster @ APBA Annual Convention
Mar 24 all-day

Diana Parry-Cruwys, Alison Wright, and Rebecca MacDonald present a poster at APBA’s 7th Annual Convention, New Orleans, IL.

Play Engagement Skills in 1-year-old Children with Autism Before and After Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention – Poster @ APBA Annual Convention
Mar 24 all-day

Alison Wright, Rebecca MacDonald, and Diana Parry-Cruwys present a poster at APBA’s 7th Annual Convention, New Orleans, IL.

An Evaluation of Behavior Sampling Procedures for Event Recording by Melissa L. Clark @ APBA Annual Convention
Mar 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Presenter: Melissa L. Clark, The New England Center for Children
One defining characteristic of applied behavior analysis is the direct observation and repeated measurement of behavior. Obtaining a complete record of behavior may not be possible in some settings, and although behavior analysts use sampling procedures thought to be representative of continuously-measured behavior (e.g., Gardenier, MacDonald, & Green, 2004), there has been little research suggesting how sampling procedures could be used with event recording. In this study, post-hoc data were collected from eight individuals with developmental disabilities. The number of target responses per week for nine shorter measurement periods were compared to continuous data collection. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients were calculated between continuous data recording and each measurement period, and the optimal measurement period (i.e., the smallest measurement period that had a correlation coefficient significant at the 0.001 level) was identified for each individual. Twenty-eight Board Certified Behavior Analysts® then visually inspected and evaluated data from the continuous and optimal measurement periods. The results suggested that continuous and observational samples of behavior were highly correlated, and visual inspection of graphs suggested that using data from measurement periods that were reduced by over 50% did not result in any significant loss of information that would be used for clinical decision-making

Siblings’ Group
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Team NECC Runs the Boston Marathon @ Boston Marathon
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am

NECC received four bib numbers for the Boston Marathon though the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program. Join us in supporting our four runners as they fund raise on behalf of NECC and complete the Boston Marathon in April. More details at


NECC 5K Walk/Run for Autism 2017 @ Margaret A. Neary Elementary Schol
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm



Last year more than 1,500 participants raised $224,476 in this professionally timed road race.  Taking place in Southborough, home of NECC Boston, this event has strong community support from Southborough as well as the neighboring towns of Northborough, Framingham, Ashland, Hopkinton, Westborough. This is a wonderful day to celebrate our community and students, create autism awareness, and raise important resources for The New England Center for Children.

Sign up for the 2017 Walk/Run for Autism today!

20th Annual Carlos Placido – Dunkin’ Donuts Golf Classic @ Franklin Country Club
Jun 5 @ 10:30 am

In 2016 this golf classic raised more than $200,000 for the children at The New England Center for Children!

The Mike Golf Invitational @ Indian Pond Country Club
Aug 28 @ 9:30 am

This year marks the 9th Annual “The Mike” Golf Tournament, started by NECC parents Mike and Lori McKenna and lovingly named after their son Mike, who has been a student at NECC for 10 years.  To date “The Mike” has raised over $270,000 for NECC students!

Children of Promise Gala 2017 @ InterContinental Boston
Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm

In 2016 more than 350 attendees joined us at Boston’s Seaport Hotel for a night of dining and dancing to support the NECC Annual Fund. Together we raised more than $500,ooo to support the needs of children with autism!