The Manhattan Childrens Center provides scientifically-based world class treatment and education to children, ages 3 to 18, utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Our goal is to offer every child an opportunity to enjoy a quality of life and emerge as a functioning member of society. As each child is unique, we provide individualized tailored instruction based on their functional abilities.

This program’s transdisciplinary model incorporates ABA, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, as well as sensory integration, natural environment training and family support. The Manhattan Childrens Center provides a comprehensive educational pathway for children with autism spectrum disorder utilizing science experience,love and dignity. We partner in research and service activities with Columbia University, Teachers College, Queens College, Hunter College and Fordham University.

Our caring professionals focus on each student to enhance and foster their maximum potential. We also support our parents and families in helping them to understand the special needs of their children. Families become equal partners with us to help our kids.



The MCC difference –World Class Education and Treatment of Autism


Transdisciplinary approach

A hallmark of MCC’s unique teaching model is the emphasis on transdisciplinary education. Due to the complex and challenging nature of ASD, successful education and training must incorporate expertise from a number of disciplines and specialties, including:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social skills through peer instruction and community experience
  • Family Training

In addition, MCC’s approach includes sensory integration, natural environment teaching and family support. The integration of these programs within a data-driven approach results in tangible positive outcomes for each student.

Specialized faculty

To effectively apply the principles of ABA using a transdisciplinary approach, MCC offers a one-to one instruction model reinforced by a faculty of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, board-certified and New York State-licensed speech pathologists and occupational therapists, and Masters and Doctoral level supervisors. MCC has developed research and training partnerships with top higher education institutions, including Columbia Teachers College , Hunter College, Queens College, Fordham University and New York University.

Holistic approach

Beyond the rigorous approach to education, MCC is distinguished by its commitment to realizing each child’s potential as an individual, as a family member, and as a valued, functional member of the community. MCC understands that autism affects the entire family unit and that learning is a 24-hour process. In this regard, MCC offers an open-door policy with home-based strategies to families to maximize positive outcomes in and outside of the classroom. Through its unique “Peer Buddy” and inclusion programs with typical secondary schools in the neighborhood, MCC students give back to the community by participating in collaborative social programs and sensitizing children and staff in mainstream education settings relating to and interacting with their peers with autism or related disability.