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FAQs

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex disorder of brain development that is characterized by difficulties in social interaction and relationship forming, verbal and nonverbal communication, rigidity to change, and repetitive behaviors. For more information please consult your pediatrician or the DSM-V diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Dr. Donald M. Baer (2001) concisely defined Applied Behavior Analysis as “A scientific process of identifying environmental supports for improving behavior.”

More specifically, Applied Behavior Analysis is an experimental science of behavior. It produces analysts who can demonstrate that observed improvements in behavior are a function of procedures put in place by them. These analysts turn to their data and learn from it when a procedure fails to determine what might be done next.

Applied Behavior Analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place – the relationship behavior has with environment. Behavior Analysts objectively describe, quantify, and analyze behavior. They operate from assumptions of all natural sciences: the belief that the world is an orderly place where events occur because of other identifiable events rather than by chance.

Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing dysfunctional ones. These techniques (e.g., contingency management, positive reinforcement, incidental teaching, etc.) are used in the structured classroom environment as well as in the home and community.

How can I seek enrollment at Somerset Hills Learning Institute?

In order for a child to be considered for enrollment in the Institute, parents or school district personnel must make a referral. To make a referral, please mail:

  1. A copy of the initial report of the child’s diagnosis
  2. A one-page cover letter, including:
    1. A description of the child
    2. Information regarding any services the child is already receiving
    3. His/her date of birth
    4. A return address and phone contact information

Referral Policy

We do not operate from a waiting list, rather we have a referral file to which we turn when we have a vacancy. That means children are not enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Instead, when we have a vacancy, we consider the needs of the students we currently serve and the needs of the referred children. As such, you are welcome to make a referral at any time.

Mail Referrals To:
Kevin J. Brothers, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Executive Director
Somerset Hills Learning Institute
1810 Burnt Mills Road
Bedminster, NJ 07921

Can I visit the Institute?

Yes, the Institute hosts visitors’ days approximately every six weeks. Visitors’ days generally begin at 9:00 AM, lasts two hours and consist of a presentation, tour, and brief question and answer session. For more information or to register to attend, please contact Patty Scott-Boyland at (908) 719-6400.

How can I contribute to the Institute?

Thank you for your generous consideration.  *Please note that the Institute does not accept donations from families who have children in our referral file. Others may contribute via PayPal, over the phone by calling Tara Ferrigno at 908-719-6400, or by mail at Somerset Hills Learning Institute, 1810 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921. We also accept automobile donations. For information on making stock contributions, please contact Dave May at 908-719-6400.

Are there any employment opportunities within the Institute?

Thank you for your interest in becoming employed by Somerset Hills Learning Institute. Regrettably, we have no positions at this time but can accept your resume via email at info@somerset-hills.org for consideration for future positions. In the meantime, we wish you all the best in your search for employment.

Are there any volunteer opportunities within the Institute?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Somerset Hills Learning Institute. We currently have no volunteer projects left unfilled. Nevertheless, please consider sending your resume and cover letter including the type of volunteer experience in which you are interested for consideration for future volunteer opportunities. Thank you.

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