The New England Center for Children (NECC), which specialises in autism education and research, has opened a new clinic in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE.  

This clinic is equipped to offer session-based services in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) as well as speech and language therapy, which is available in English as well as Arabic. 

It can also support various educational settings by offering school, home, and centre-based programmes for students.  

Additionally, NECC Clinic-Abu Dhabi offers several vocational training programmes for teens and young adults. 

It is currently staffed by a team of eight board-certified behaviour analysts, two speech therapists, and an occupational therapist. The staff strength could be increased later to cope up with the rising demand for such services in the region.  

NECC CEO Jessica Sassi said: “NECC is well positioned in the Middle East to serve the increasing demand for autism education and services. 

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“Through our new site in Abu Dhabi and our global consulting group, we are committed to transforming the lives of children and adults in need of interdisciplinary services in countries throughout the Gulf. Our services are grounded in nearly 50 years of research and curriculum development and designed to empower individuals to maximise their potential.” 

The latest launch in Masdar City is part of the broader strategy of NECC, which has been active in the Middle East for over 25 years, to enhance its international reach. 

The organisation’s workforce in the UAE has surpassed 550, including educators, clinicians, and support staff, with a significant number pursuing graduate studies through Simmons University.  

NECC has a community of teachers, researchers, and clinicians to support its comprehensive services in day and residential programmes, public school classrooms, and through an online curriculum that uses the evidence-based practice of ABA. 

It also operates the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Special Education, meeting the needs of nearly 262 Emirati children, along with additional clinics in Dubai Healthcare City and a consulting practice that spans the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.