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      Manhattan Childrens Center

      The Manhattan Childrens Center (MCC) provides world class treatment and education for children, ages 5 to 21, utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Our goal is to offer every child an opportunity to enjoy an improved quality of life and emerge as a functioning member of society. As each child is unique, we provide individualized instruction according to his or her developmental abilities.

      MCC provides a comprehensive educational approach for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), utilizing research-based interventions that are effective based on years of experience. This program’s Transdisciplinary Behavioral Model℠ incorporates ABA principles, and provides speech and occupational therapies, sensory integration, natural environment training, and family support. Our caring professionals focus on each student to enhance and foster his or her maximum potential. We also support our parents and families in helping them to understand the special needs of these children. Families become an equal partner with us in the educational process to help all children achieve their full potential


      MCC’s teaching is distinguished by an approach that places value on Transdisciplinary ABA to help each student realize their potential as an individual, family member, and valued member of the community. Thus, MCC incorporates the expertise of a number of different disciplines, including applied behavior analysis, special education, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy. This approach also integrates the family, the community, and all of the individuals who surround and support our students. MCC’s open-door policies allow for observation and in-the-moment collaboration, which results in positive outcomes within and external to the classroom. Our reach also extends to our partnering schools within NYC through our inclusion programming, which fosters a sense of community across our neighborhood, and community schools.


      To effectively apply the principles of Transdisciplinary ABA, MCC’s one-to-one instruction model is reinforced by a faculty of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and licensed Behavior Analysts (LBA), board-certified and New York State-licensed speech pathologists and occupational therapists, supervised by Masters and Doctoral level professionals. MCC has developed research and training partnerships with top higher education institutions in the area, including Teachers College Columbia University, Hunter College, and New York University.

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      Since MCC’s inception, individualized programming has been a keystone in the applied behavior analysis programming provided through our Transdisciplinary Behavioral Model℠. Technology has continued to be instrumental in expanding our students’ communication, academic, social and pre/vocational repertoires.

      Transdisciplinary Behavioral Model℠

      At MCC, we use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) options for our students with speech, language, and communication difficulties. AAC uses multiple modalities, including sign language, gestures, writing, low-tech (e.g., Picture Exchange Communication Systems/PECS) and high-tech devices. Our tailored AAC options at MCC provide intensive support to enable our students to enhance their language and vocabulary development and other expressive communication skills.

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      Specialized Faculty

      Providing our students with STEM learning opportunities and the materials needed to support hands-on learning expands not only academic horizons but leads to greater work-related opportunities, and daily living skills.

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      Tech Modalities

      • SMARTboard
      • Floreo Virtual Reality System
      • Cricut Internship
      • Sphero SPRK+
      • Bee Bots
      • OSMO Coding
      • Cubelets Robot Blocks
      • Code.Org
      • Varied AAC Applications including: Proloquo2Go, LAMP Words for Life, Go Talk, TouchChat
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