Commoditization of services leaves families with few premier choices....Until now. Now there is  Nexus Premier.  With Nexus Premier,  consultation by a master teacher and clinician is provided. Dr. Schnee will build and direct private, at-home, ABA programs for families for whom premier school options are unavailable or for those families who wish to side-step the constraints imposed by insurance companies or agencies.  Dr. Schnee also offers ,  'add-on',  private consultative services to families who wish to layer in top-tier expertise to their existing programs. Comprehensive consultative services are also available to schools and larger agencies.  Domestic and International consultation is available in-vivo or via TELA-DOCSCHNEE.

 

About Dr. Schnee

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Alan Schnee, Ph.D., BCBA-D

 

Dr. Schnee earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Georgia State University and practices as 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 is recognized nationally and Internationally and has lectured and consulted  domestically and internationally, building EIBI programs throughout the US and around the world.

  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 while also emphasizing the importance of looking beyond specific content, and illustrate how exercises can be employed to teach foundational capacities such as attention,  memory, executive function and social awareness. Go to the TOC and Sample Exercises page and have a peek at what's inside. 

 Recent Publications

Exceptional Parent  Magazine, Dec. 2019

Autism Spectrum News, March, 2020

Association for Science in Autism Treatment May, 2020

move beyond the ordinary

Learning and Engagement

Early learning for children is a social enterprise. It goes without saying, attunement- engagement-attention to others is necessary for learning. While children 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 and orient to others - to pay careful attention to them.  We engineer things so that children come to regard our comings and goings, our gaze, points and reactions.  At Nexus, children "check in", "check back" and "check us out" and 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.  To learn more about this go to the Autism Spectrum News article. 

 Learning a language 

To learn a language is to learn the activities, practices, actions and reactions within characteristics contexts in which the rule governed use of words are integrated. Children learning a language need to learn to do things with words such as asking, telling, naming, directing, promising, describing, explaining, cajoling, negotiating, refuting, refusing, agreeing, correcting, teasing, tattling, and to learn how words are used. It only makes sense that the goals within a language-based program be those things we do in language. 

This 'ordinary language' framework falls outside of the purview of 'scientific' accounts of language. But this is of little consequence. What we do as language users is in full-view and need not be explained by or accounted for by theory. We simply need to survey what we do, and find ways to effectively teach children to do what the rest of do in our linguistic practice. The groundwork for doing so was laid down for us by Ivar Lovaas and his colleagues. Advances have been made since.

 

At Nexus, we teach language and children learn according to their capacities. Children are taught systematically within an Early Intensive Behavior Intervention framework and are taught with the benefit of  behavioral tools, strategies and techniques which, when applied expertly, lead to effective and efficient learning. At Nexus, mastery of a language is progressive, is constructional, and takes place within normative structure.

Finally, at Nexus, once rudimentary language abilities are in place and once basic tool skills are in place, children learn language as they learn to do things. Therefore, as children learn to look for things, move, build and make things, as they learn to go places, to get, to give, to play games and to play with others, they learn the language that is a part of those activities. 

Learning Language while Solving Problems 

At Nexus, we employ an active learning platform. Situations are contrived so that children learn to solve practical problems. This platform allows for teaching many things within the context of solving a ‘problem’...So that children also learn the names of things, the properties of the things , how precisely to use things,  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 alternate solutions. Examples of how we do this are found in the ASAT article and our book.

"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

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