December 16, 2019

Continues International Expansion to Serve Children Across the Globe

The New England Center for Children® (NECC®), a global leader in autism education and research, announced today the opening of the NECC-Clinic in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), UAE. The NECC-Clinic will provide session-based, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and Speech and Language services to clients and their families across all nationalities in both English and Arabic.

“Effective autism services are in high demand everywhere,” said Vincent Strully, President and CEO of The New England Center for Children. “We are pleased to continue our outreach through the NECC-Clinic in Dubai, providing expert educational services to help children with autism and their families be successful.”

Part of NECC’s mission is training and educating local staff to ensure knowledge transfer, program sustainability, and local growth of ABA programs, while respecting local language and cultural and religious practices. In addition to session-based services, the NECC-Clinic will provide consultative services to support students in schools, home-based, and center-based programs; a licensed BCBA who can support program development and management of centers in other countries; lecture and home-based parent training; training to schools and centers; and ACE® ABA Software System training and support. The NECC-Clinic also provides free outreach workshops to the public on topics such as behavior analysis and special needs.

“We are very excited to play a bigger role within the Dubai autism community and bring trainings to educators, support to parents, and access to world class services,” said Kristin Buchanan, MSEd, BCBA, Program Director – GCC Consulting.

Ms. Buchanan oversees NECC’s global consulting expansion and the NECC-Clinic to ensure quality programming. She is the Clinical Director appointed through DHCC. Melissa Smyth, MS, BCBA is the NECC-Clinic Manager, overseeing day-to-day operations.

NECC Continues to Grow Globally

Last month, NECC announced a partnership with One Two Three Autism School in Lebanon. NECC has helped thousands of children in the Middle East and worldwide through its centers, consulting services, and ACE® software. In addition to Dubai and Lebanon, NECC operates or consults in Kuwait City, Kuwait; Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE; Doha, Qatar; Gurgaon, India; Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia; and in Brazil, Australia, Italy, England, Canada and other countries. The ACE® software is currently used in 13 countries. NECC employs close to 300 people internationally, a quarter of whom are U.S. citizens and the remaining are nationals. NECC employs more than 50 percent of the BCBAs in the entire Gulf Region.

International Influence and Reach

Reflecting its worldwide reputation, NECC received the 2017 Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA), the peer academic organization of applied behavior analysis. The highly respected award is given to a person or organization demonstrating a significant and sustained contribution to the dissemination and development of ABA outside of the United States.

NECC’s professional development program has graduated many of the autism service industry’s leaders – teachers, behavior analysts, and researchers inside and outside of NECC whose training and dedication have helped thousands of children with autism and their families.

About The New England Center for Children

The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) is an award-winning autism education center and research institute. Our community of teachers, researchers, and clinicians have transformed the lives of thousands of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology. The Center provides comprehensive services to maximize independence: home-based, day, and residential programs, partner classrooms in public school systems, consulting services, the ACE® ABA Software System (, teacher professional development, and research on educational best practices.

NECC is committed to staff professional development, partnering with local colleges to provide on-site graduate training and degrees at little to no cost to the NECC teacher. The result is a growing pool of exceptional teachers trained in best-in-class methodologies, whether they continue their careers at NECC or move on to public schools or private agencies. The New England Center for Children is based in Southborough, MA, and operates a center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Learn more at




Michele Hart
The New England Center for Children
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