Melmark New England
Established in 1998, Melmark New England is a division of Melmark, Inc., a 501 c (3) a human services organization based in Berwyn, PA, that has been in existence since 1966. Melmark New England is a private, community-based organization in Andover, MA, dedicated to serving children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), acquired brain injury, neurodevelomental disorders, co-morbid mental health issues and severe challenging behaviors.
Specialzing in educational, vocational, clinical, residential and consultative services, personally designed for each individual in an environment of warmth, care and respect rooted within a strong scientific basis, our goal is to help each individual served have a meaningful life and attain the highest possible level of personal growth and achievement. With our adolescent students we strive to teach them functional vocational skills that will lead to a lifetime of meaningful employment after they graduate from our program.
Melmark New England currently serves 110 children, and their families, throughout Massachusetts in our day-school program, 40 of whom attend our 24-hour-a-day residential program, and another 500 students in more than 40 schools within the Massachusetts school systems through our consultative network. In both settings we utilize an interdisciplinary team approach founded upon the evidence-based principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is a scientific approach that relies on experimentally derived learning principles in order to bring about socially significant changes in behavior. Decades of research support the use of this approach for children with developmental disorders and challenging behaviors.