Concierge Consultative Services
Make every second count
Dr. Alan Schnee, BCBA-D
Independent Educational Consultant
Dr. Schnee offers consultation to families, schools and other organizations wishing to enhance their programs so that children derive maximum benefit from services. His unique approach increases learning efficiencies, broadens the scope, depth and breadth of programs, provides clarity for children and teachers and imparts sensible purpose and direction to teams and parents.
Language is our focus
At Nexus, language is our focus. To learn a language is to learn to communicate using symbols. We communicate our intentions, reservations, confusions, conclusions, reasons, etc. As language users we learn to use symbols according to convention and 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 deliberate, reminisce, give reasons, to have autobiographies etc.
Developing Social Awareness and Social Acuity is also our focus
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 an independent educational consultant. 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 teaching children with autism 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.
Dr. Schnee - Author
Dr. Alan Schnee is co-author of Early Intervention for Children with Autism: Considerations. We illuminate analysis and synthesis and target a broad range of language abilities. We emphasize the importance of looking beyond specific content, and illustrate how exercises can be employed to enhance foundational capacities such as attention, memory, executive function and social awareness.
Go to the Sample Exercises page and see more of what's inside.
"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