April 7, 2022

Elin Thorvaldsdottir is a program specialist for several of The New England Center for Children’s residence teams, who moved to the U.S. from Iceland to work for NECC and take advantage of the on-site graduate programs. A colleague nominated Thorvaldsdottir for not only being “instrumental in helping the students and families of West Hill Road transition to their new placements” but because she is a “calm, supportive, brilliant, and kind colleague and supervisor. She has guided students, families, and staff through a difficult year and a challenging period of transition in the midst of the pandemic while maintaining admirable professionalism and a sense of humor.  We look forward to seeing the great things Elin will continue to do around NECC!”

How long have you worked for NECC?
I have worked at NECC for about four and a half years. I started on Westboro 1 where I became a residential coordinator. I then moved over to West Hill Road as a day coordinator, and later program specialist. I am from Iceland and moved here to do the graduate program and work at NECC in 2017. I was only going to stay for three years, but I’m here still, almost five years after I moved here!

Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?
I started a part-time job working with children with special needs when I was in university for my bachelor’s degree. It sparked my interested in learning more about ABA and working with children with autism.

I was at a conference in Iceland and got introduced to NECC and the work that is done here and saw it as a unique opportunity. Turns out, it has been!

Which grad program did you do?
I completed the master’s program in ABA through Western New England University.

How has taking advantage of the grad program helped you in your career?

Working at NECC while going through the grad program was a great experience, I was able to apply what I was learning under the supervision and guidance of my team. The classes are also taught on site which is very convenient. 

What is your favorite part of your job?
Getting the opportunity to work with our students and impacting their lives.

Who is someone you look up to?
The exceptional staff I get to work with; the dedication and ambition they bring to work is inspiring and makes me excited about working at NECC.