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      NYC’s Leading Private School for Children with Autism

      The Manhattan Childrens Center (MCC) is New York City’s premier private school for children – ages 5 to 21 – with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodiversities.

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      • The MCC

      • We understand that each child is unique and requires a highly individualized instruction plan that relies on the expertise of our educators, the wisdom and insight of their families and the strategic use of technology to meet their needs.

      The MCC




      At The Manhattan Childrens Center we offer every child an opportunity to enjoy the highest quality of life, and emerge as a functioning member of their respective community.

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      Embracing diversity and building strong foundations

      • A Transdisciplinary ABA℠ Approach

        A Transdisciplinary ABA℠ Approach

        At MCC we know that to extract the most potential out of our students everyone has to work to achieve the same goal. This is why our Transdisciplinary ABA℠ centers around ongoing and free flowing communication between the families, teachers, supervisors, and related service providers is so vital.

      • Responsibility


        We feel a strong responsibility and are committed to build a better and more inclusive world for our students, family, and community.

      • Educational Excellence

        Educational Excellence

        MCC has made a commitment to blend our collective decades of experience with the most up to date research, providing the highest level of education and training to our students, our staff, our families, and the greater community.

      • Commitment to Innovation

        Commitment to Innovation

        Technology has shaped our lives and will continue to change the future. MCC is committed to ensuring our students and staff are educated and trained in best practices with the latest technology for whatever comes their way.

      • Compassion


        Navigating the world of special needs can be extremely challenging. At MCC we are committed to supporting our families in their childs educational AND social-emotional development both in school and at home.

      MCC was Built on Necessity.

      MCC was founded in 2007 by Perrie and Tom Gelb, with the goal of providing high quality educational and therapeutic services to children with autism and other developmental conditions. Perrie, a licensed and clinically certified speech pathologist, was inspired to create MCC after observing firsthand the lack of quality services available for children with special needs, and especially with autism in the New York City public schools. Together with her husband Tom, an attorney, they opened MCC with four students and 15 educators and clinical staff. They developed MCC's unique Transdisciplinary Behavioral Model℠ which includes speech, occupational therapy and social skills programming to children with autism and other developmental conditions. Today, MCC provides services to over 110 students and employs and trains over 200 educators, clinical therapists, and support staff.

      "We are extremely proud of the difference MCC has made in the lives of so many students and families over the years, and we are dedicated to continuing to provide the most appropriate care and support for all of our students."

      -Abby Weiss Chief Operating Officer, MCC

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