Children’s Services

The Edinburg Center provides a range of children and family services and is a provider for the Massachusetts’ Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative and MassHealth Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Autism Services. The Edinburg Center has provided behavioral services to youth and their families for over 35 years.

Please click on the links below to view the communities that are served by the following Children’s Services



Autism Services (ABA = Applied Behavior Analysis)
Autism (ABA) Services are provided to youth under 21 years old with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. A team consisting of a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst / Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Behavior Technician provide services in the home or community. The team works closely with the caregivers to create and implement a Treatment Plan, based on the child’s current abilities. The Treatment Plan focuses on teaching socially appropriate behavior including adaptive and communication skills to replace and reduce behaviors that interfere with everyday life. The team assures that strategies used during direct instruction to the youth are carried over throughout the day with all care providers. The goal is to support the youth to become an active participant within the family, home and community.

In-Home Behavioral Services
In-Home Behavioral Services offer valuable support to children and youth with challenging behaviors that get in the way of everyday life. Services are provided by a behavioral health professional who is skilled in understanding and treating difficult behaviors in children and youth. The provider works closely with the child and family to create a behavior support plan to improve the child’s functioning. The provider also works as a team with a behavior monitor. The monitor works with the child and family to implement the child’s behavior plan. In-Home Behavioral Services are provided in family homes, schools, childcare centers and other community settings.

In-Home Therapy Services
The In-Home Therapy team collaborates with the youth and family to develop a structured, consistent, strength-based therapeutic relationship for the purpose of treating the youth’s behavioral health needs and improving the family’s ability to provide effective support for the youth. Interventions are designed not only to enhance the family’s capacity to promote the youth’s successful functioning in the home and community, but also to prevent the need for the youth’s admission to an inpatient hospital, psychiatric residential treatment facility or other treatment setting.

Therapeutic Mentoring Services
Therapeutic Mentoring offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services to youth that are designed to address identified daily living, social, and communication needs. Therapeutic Mentors support, coach and train youth to demonstrate skills in such areas as age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and relating appropriately to other youth or adults in recreational and social activities. Therapeutic Mentoring promotes a youth’s success in navigating various social contexts, learning new skills, and making functional progress in the community.  Services are provided to youth under the age of 21 in any setting where the youth resides and in other community settings such as school, child care centers or respite settings.

Children & Family Outpatient Services
The Edinburg Center is now offering individual therapy for children up to age 18 and for families with children under 18.  The therapists have specialized experience working with children. Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid insurances are welcome. Please contact Tali Rojem at or 781-761-5103.


For more information or to make a referral, please contact:

Karen Saaristo, M. C.
Administrative Director/Intake

Carol Gillis, MS ABA, BCBA, LABA
Director of Autism Services

Jennifer Rooney, M.Ed.,BCBA,LABA
Director of Behavioral Services

Tali Rojem, LICSW
Director of In-Home Therapy and Therapeutic Mentoring / Children & Family Outpatient Services


Referral Forms
Please click on the links below and print, fill out and fax to 781-275-7207.
Autism (ABA) Referral Form

In-Home Behavioral Service Referral Form

In-Home Therapy Referral Form

Therapeutic Mentoring Referral Form

Outpatient Referral Form