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 degree in biology in the spring of 2010, Warner joined NECC as a level 1 teacher, eager to learn more about applied behavior analysis and its impact on children with autism.
Six years and a Western New England University graduate degree later, Warner left NECC as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a dream of making a difference outside the scope of the school. So, after spending college and her early professional years in New England, Warner packed up and moved to New York and continued to advance her career in applied behavior analysis (ABA).
After spending two and a half years working in Brooklyn for a homebased agency, Warner transitioned into her current role in the spring of 2019.
Today, Warner is a Senior Behavior Analyst at ELIJA Transition Programs and Services (ELIJA TPS) on Long Island. ELIJA TPS is an adult-program that provides multiyear, comprehensive scientifically-driven curriculum to adults with autism. The program supports these individuals throughout their lives and emphasizes vocational, life, cognitive, and social skills, and community integration. The ultimate goal of this program is to help prepare and support individuals to live and work as independently as possible. About her work with ELIJA TPS, and what makes it unique, Warner says, “A lot of adult programs don’t use ABA. For me, helping them become independent in society, teaching them vocational skills, watching them land jobs and be successful is rewarding.”