Acclaimed researcher explored catatonia in adolescent girls with autism spectrum disorder.

New York Child Learning Institute Principal Published in Scientific Journal

College Point, New York, October 15th: Susan M. Vener, PhD., S.A.S., Principal/Director of the New York Child Learning Institute (NYCLI), along with her colleagues, Alison M. Wichnick Gillis, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.-D., Diamante Badala, and Claire L. Poulson, Ph.D., were once again published in a peer- reviewed scientific journal, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The manuscript featured Vener et. al.’s work on increasing behavior incompatible with catatonia, a syndrome of motor disturbances characterized by a cluster of abnormalities in speech, movement, and overall behavior, in an adolescent girl with autism spectrum disorder.

NYCLI, where Vener et al.’s work was conducted, is a program of AABR, Inc., a College Point, Queens- based non-profit that serves individuals with developmental disabilities.

“AABR is proud to have Sue and her colleagues showcase cutting-edge scientific progress through research,” Christopher Weldon, AABR’s executive director said. “Since 1994, NYCLI has given families across New York the opportunity to more fully understand autism and its impact, and this published research is one small piece of the work we’re doing in the field.”
“By better understanding the enormity of the impact that symptoms of catatonia can have on an individual with autism spectrum disorder, scientists, clinicians, families and individuals impacted by the disability can better mitigate its effects” Vener said.

The published paper can be read via Science Direct (, which is giving free access through November 28th, 2018.

About the New York Child Learning Institute (NYCLI):
For 25 years, NYCLI has been providing state-of-the art educational services to children with autism, and has been conducting ground-breaking research that has been widely recognized and studied by both educators and researchers at home and abroad. NYCLI is a program of AABR, Inc. For more information about NYCLI and its array of programs, visit website or call the school at 718-445-0752.

AABR, Inc.:
AABR, Inc. is a Queens-based 501 C3 non-profit organization and is one of the largest service providers for individuals with developmental disabilities in the New York region, serving people both in New York City and Long Island. Since AABR’s founding over 60 years ago, the organization has strived to give every life meaning through the management of group residences, vocational training classes, adult day programs, and more. The New York Child Learning Institute (NYCLI) a pioneering school for children with autism, is a program of AABR