Nexus Autism Intervention Services

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609 328 3283

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Specializing in:

-Language Learning-

-Treatment of Severe Problem Behavior-

-Clinical Support to Schools-

-Private 'Outside/Add-On' Consultation to Home Programs-

Comprehensive Language Learning

Moving Beyond the Basics...

 

Beyond Mands,Tacts and IntraVerbals

At Nexus, we specialize in language learning. To learn a language is to learn to do things with words. Learning a language is bound up with activity. Therefore, children need to look for things, move, build and make things. Children need to go places, get and give things, play with and create things. They hang things up, screw and paste things together. They need to learn to do all of the things and much more in order to learn a language.

 

As children learn to do things, they learn to account for what they did, are doing or will be doing.  As  linguistic abilities improve, we guide children, in measured ways, in learning the many kinds of things they can do with words; to  ask, tell, promise, describe, explain, tattle, etc. within and across the many circumstances, transactions and situations they encounter during their days. This is what it means to be a language user. 

Rapid Intensive Intervention

for Severe Problem Behaviors

Evidence based, highly efficient pragmatic functional assessment and functional intervention result in durable change and safety.  In some cases, full reintegration to regular classroom/home settings can be expected within a few months.  All stakeholders are trained in the use of protocols to ensure durability of change and safety.

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.

nexus director

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.

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  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,

Recognized Nationally

and Internationally

 

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 Findings

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.

30-40 hours

"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