Dr. Schnee offers consultation to families, schools and other organizations wishing to enhance their programs so that children derive maximum benefit from services. He works directly with a fellow BCBAs and entire whole teams (see services page). His unique approach to ABA will increase learning efficiencies and rates of learning, broaden the scope, depth and breadth of your program, provide clarity for children and teachers and impart sensible purpose and direction to teams and parents. He also consults to
Language is our focus
At Nexus, language is our focus. To learn a language is to learn to manipulate symbols according to convention...to learn the myriad kinds of things we do with words e.g., cajole, warn, ask, negotiate, tell, report, refute, direct, reject, greet, invite, etc., not to 'tact', 'mand' or 'intraverbal'. Dr. Schnee offers consultation so that children may be granted the benefits of language e.g., to reason, deliberate, reminisce, give reasons etc.
Intervention for Severe Problem Behavior
No one wants to see unhappy children. Problem behavior is manifest for any number of reasons and FBAs don't always give you the information needed to help restore a child's enjoyment in learning. There are many things which may contribute to a child's unhappiness. Let Dr. Schnee assist you. Sometimes, the solutions are easier than you imagined. If you are concerned about 'challenging behaviors', speak with Dr. Schnee.
Learning and engagement
Learning is a social enterprise. It goes without saying, attunement -engagement-attention to others is necessary for learning. While youngsters need to learn content, they also need to develop an awareness of others. At Nexus, we've developed strategies and platforms so that children come to regard others - to pay careful attention to them. We engineer things so that children 'stay with us'. They come to regard our comings and goings, our gaze, points and reactions. At Nexus, children "check in", "check back" and "check us out". They learn to respond to US ... not only to 'SDs' and 'reinforcers'. Establishing and maintaining social awareness and social acuity is a foundational aspect of intervention at Nexus.
About Dr. Schnee
Dr. Schnee earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Georgia State University and practices as a board certified behavior analyst, doctoral level. Dr. Schnee is a celebrated expert in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) with a particular expertise in language programming for children with ASD. He is the former director and founder of Nexus Language Builders, a center-based, full-day, intensive learning program formally in Verona, N.J. Dr. Schnee also directed NAIS Israel and is now, again, based in New Jersey. He has lectured and consulted domestically and internationally, building EIBI programs throughout the US and around the world.
Dr. Schnee has been involved in autism intervention for almost 30 years. With these years comes meticulous attention to detail, a deep understanding of what it takes for children to acquire language and other complex abilities, the ability to pinpoint problems underlying learning challenges, to identify gaps in a youngster's learning and how to fill them in - all in relation to each child's capacities.
"After meeting Dr Schnee and his staff, I felt hope. This was the only place that I had found that understood how to build language skills for her. In a short time, she went from screaming all day to having more appropriate interactions. It’s a long road with no finish line but I’m grateful for Nexus. They have given her the opportunity to access her environment and for me, the chance to experience her development. Time no longer stands still for us."
JZ, New Jersey