The Manhattan Childrens Center (MCC) provides world class treatment and education to children, ages five 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 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.
- One child in 68 develops autism or a related disorder by the age of eight.
- Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
- Delays in diagnosis are common: early intensive behavioral intervention has been shown to improve the skill deficits associated with autism.
- An estimated 1 to 1.2 million children under the age of 21 have been diagnosed with autism in the United States.
At The Manhattan Childrens Center we believe that every child must have the opportunity to become a functional member of their community. We understand that all children are unique and individualized instruction is essential to their growth.
Our goal is to offer every child an opportunity to enjoy a quality of life and emerge as a functioning member of society. Our caring professionals focus on each student to enhance and foster his or her potential.
The MCC Difference –World Class Education and Treatment of Autism
A hallmark of MCC’s unique teaching model is the emphasis on transdisciplinary education. Due to the complex and challenging nature of ASD, successful education and training must incorporate expertise from a number of disciplines and specialties, including:
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Social Skills Through Peer Instruction
- Family Training
In addition, MCC’s approach includes sensory integration, natural environment teaching, and family support. The integration of these programs within a data-driven approach results in tangible positive outcomes for every student.
In order to effectively apply the principles of ABA using a transdisciplinary approach, MCC offers a one-to-one instruction model reinforced by a faculty of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), board-certified and New York State-licensed speech pathologists and occupational therapists, and Masters and Doctoral level supervisors. 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.
Beyond the rigorous approach to education, MCC is distinguished by its commitment to realizing each child’s potential as an individual, as a family member, and as a valued, functional member of the community. MCC understands that autism affects the entire family unit and that learning is a 24-hour process. In this regard, MCC offers an open-door policy with home-based strategies to families to maximize positive outcomes in and outside of the classroom. Through the Peer Buddy and inclusion programs with secondary schools in the neighborhood, MCC students give back to the community through collaborative social programs, sensitizing children in mainstream education settings to dealing with their peers who happen to be autistic or have a related disability.