-Treatment of Severe Problem Behavior-
-Clinical Support to Schools-
-Private 'Outside/Add-On' Consultation to Home Programs-
Early learning for children is a social endeavor. Thus, it goes without saying, attunement- engagement-attention to others is necessary for learning. At Nexus, we engineer things to so that children come to regard and orient to others; to pay careful attention to them. Children come to regard our comings and goings, our gaze and points, the words we use and the way we feel. Children "check in", "check back" and "check us out". Children learn to recruit and assist others. Establishing and maintaining 'social primacy' ( SK Lund) is a foundational aspect of intervention at Nexus.
Learning and Engagement
Learning Language while Solving Problem Moving Beyond the Basics
At Nexus, we employ an active learning platform. Situations are contrived so that children learn to solve practical problems e.g., in order to hang things up children learn to use tape, velcro, thumb tacks, etc. In order to get something that has fallen behind a couch, they may need to move the couch or get an adult to help or get a tool that will extend their reach, etc.
While solving problems, children also learn the names of things, the properties of the things (e.g., tape is sticky, thumb tacks are sharp, things heavy, are long enough or too long or too short etc.), how precisely to use things (e.g., when using tape, how to pull the tape from the roll and how to pull to cut, place it sticky side down), where to get the things they need should the problem come up again, to learn to ask for help as problems arise, to describe the problem, explain things, and to consider alternative solutions.
Alan Schnee, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Schnee earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Georgia State University and is a board certified behavior analyst, doctoral level.
He has been treating children with ASD for more than 25 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 and an exquisite sensitivity to children's tolerances and needs.
He is the former director and founder of Nexus Language Builders, a center-based, full-day, early intensive learning program formally in Verona, N.J.. Most recently, Dr. Schnee directed NAIS Israel.
Dr. Schnee, Author
Dr. Alan Schnee is co-author of Early Intervention for Children with Autism: Considerations. The book offers a selective sample of exercises that bring to light some general principles in early behavioral intervention for children with ASD.
Most Recent Publication
EP Magazine, Dec. 2019
Dr. Schnee has lectured and consulted domestically and internationally, building EIBI programs throughout the US and around the world.
Dr. Schnee brings his expertise in ABA based intervention to South Jersey. He offers a unique learning experience for children on the spectrum and provides intervention with a level of intensive oversight each child requires and deserves.
Research shows superior outcomes for children with autism who receive 30-40 hours per week of early intensive behavioral intervention. For almost any young person with autism, learning a language is out of reach except with intensive intervention.
This does not mean that children with ASD who receive fewer hours will not learn. But for children to be given their best chance of actualizing their potential as language users, whether that means that some children are eventually able to self-reflect, imagine, deliberate or for others to express basic desires, recall basic events or follow basic directions, the literature is very clear; this requires a considerable commitment in personnel, expertise and time.
"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