For Jescah Apamo-Gannon, the path to The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) began with a Google search. Already equipped with an undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi in her native Kenya, Apamo-Gannon wanted to begin a career in special education. Through searching online, Apamo-Gannon found NECC, setting her off on a professional odyssey that
Throughout the month of May, The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) will celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month. Created by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1927, this special month aims to raise awareness and promote understanding around communication disorders. At NECC, this month is especially relevant. “Any awareness we can bring to how our students
NECC's Music Teacher, Nadia Castagna, BS MMEd When Nadia Castagna, BS, MMEd arrived at The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) in 2018, her goal extended beyond the music curriculum she was tasked with teaching. An expert educator by trade, but a musician at heart, Castagna viewed music as a tool to connect individuals
Executive Director of the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia – ACE® ABA Software System, Nicole Ciotti Gardenier, MS, BCBA, LABA shares the significance of the ACE®, the premier educational software system for learners with autism, and its incredible impact across the world.
Every day, students and teachers at The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) do amazing work. Whether working on academics, job training, physical fitness, or the many other skills that school helps them with, every second of every day is spent learning and growing. Recently, one residential team, led by program specialist, Stephanie Bonfonte, MS, BCBA,
Like so many of our staff alumni, Stacy Warner came to The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) as a novice in the behavior analysis and special education fields, but left a seasoned expert in both. She first heard about NECC while an undergrad at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. After graduating with a bachelor’s
Julia Touhey, MS, BCBA, LABA is a teacher in the day school at The New England Center for Children® (NECC®). While earning her master’s in applied behavior analysis, Touhey conducted research into reducing stereotypy in children with autism. NECC Director of Research, Bill Ahearn, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA advised on the project. Learn more about this
Marvin, a residential student, participating in the Basketball Skills Challenge Each month, NECC’s Adapted Physical Education, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy (APE, OT, PT) department provides a special activity to students during physical education class. This month, in partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts, students will participate in a virtual basketball skills challenge. The
For many staff alumni from The New England Center for Children® (NECC®), their career goals reach beyond being an educator. They strive to be leaders in the fields of autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), overseeing Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and opening their own programs to help children with autism in underserved areas. While
A Message from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force: Since 1987, March has been designated as Women’s History Month in the United States. It is a time not just to study the vital impact that women have made on the course of history, but to celebrate their accomplishments in a variety of fields.