MCC offers a transitional teaching model whereby instruction is faded from a one-to-one supported teaching model, to a less restrictive two-to-one teaching model. This model is a key component to successfully transitioning our students into less restrictive classrooms. Similar to the one-to-one model, the teaching is rooted in the principles of applied behavior analysis and covers five instructional repertoires: academic, verbal behavior, social skills, community of reinforcement, and self-management.

Students in the transitional classroom receive 2-3 hours per day of individual one-to-one instruction that is tailored to each student’s unique learning needs, while being directly taught to learn when presented with academic instruction in a small group setting. This is achieved by systematically fading in demands while also increasing the group size. This classroom model of up to eight students is also supported by our related offerings in speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.

ABA 8:1:3 Classroom Model

MCC’s 8:1:3 classrooms were developed to meet the needs of learners whose academic skills were progressing and for those who are ready for increased opportunities to participate in dyads and small groups with individually faded instruction to do so.

Students in this highly structured teaching model receive 2-3 hours of one-to-one instruction per day in a classroom of eight to ten students, one lead teacher, and 3-4 ABA instructors.

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Thomas Gelb, JD

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Perrie Gelb, MS, SLP/CCC, TSHH

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Abigail Szoszun-Weiss, LMSW

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At The Manhattan Childrens Center we believe that every child must have the opportunity to become a functional member of their community.

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One of the primary goals for students at MCC is to teach and prepare our students to be successful in school, their home, and their community.


he MCC Foundation, Inc is 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, which supports The Manhattan Childrens Center (``MCC``).