One in 68 Children has Autism

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Clinical, Uncategorized

Relationships and Autism

August 10, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Sara Giangiobbe, MAT

One of the key markers of autism is significant social deficits. Even on opposite ends of the spectrum, having difficulties with social cues and relationships is consistent. That being said, this is not to say that people with autism do not want to have meaningful relationships with others. In fact, many of the people I

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Advocacy, Self-Advocacy, Self-Directed Services

My Job as the Self-Advocate Liaison

August 3, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Danielle Lazzara

This past year has been a challenging one as much as a rewarding one. When I first started working for QSAC, I did not realize the impact I would have as a self-advocate and mentor to young adults with disabilities, but as time went on, myself and others have come to understand this more and

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Changes to the DSM diagnosis for ASD: The effects are still unclear

July 13, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Rachel La Piana, MSEd, BCBA

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was revised and released a fifth edition in May of 2013. Included in the changes that were made to the DSM-5, is the dissolution of the diagnoses of PDD-NOS and Asperger’s Disorder which both previously fell under the umbrella term for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Individuals

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Clinical, Self-Directed Services

Strategies for Helping Children with Autism Follow Instructions

June 29, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Nevena Savic, MA, BCBA

Ability to follow instruction is one of the essential skills for children to be successful in everyday situations. Instruction following occurs when behavior comes under stimulus control of the instructions delivered. In other words, a child learns to follow a specific instruction, every time an instruction is given. One possible way to establish an instruction-following

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Clinical, Uncategorized

Severe Challenging Behaviors in Individuals with Autism: An Agenda for Readiness and Crisis Management

June 1, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Dr. Francisco Monegro, Residential Clinical Director

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a very complex neuro-developmental disorder characterized by impaired socialization, reduced communication and restricted, repetitive or stereotypical activities and interest. Autistic individuals may be affected by co-morbid organic and psychiatric conditions such as Intellectual Disability (ID), heterogeneous groups of epilepsy syndromes, sleep disturbance, sensory problems, and severe cognitive functioning

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When children with ​ASD grow old

May 29, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Kristen DuMoulin, Ph.D.

Excerpts from San Diego State News ​​ ASD is a lifelong condition. But unfortunately research on its affects through adulthood is lacking. Luckily a recent grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help researchers at San Diego State University understand how the disorder plays out across the lifespan.   SDSU psychologist and principal

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Community Relations, Events, Press Release

QSAC Opens New Center in Suffolk to Support Adults with Autism

May 20, 2015 9:29 pm Published by Joseph Amodeo

Quality Services for the Autism Community’s (QSAC), a nonprofit providing services for children and adults with autism, celebrated the opening of its new center for supporting adults with autism in Suffolk County with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The center (320 South Service Road, Melville, NY) will provide person-centered support services

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A Review of “Inside the Mind of a Child with Autism.”

May 11, 2015 6:29 pm Published by Ron Lee, Ph.D., BCBA-D

In April of 2014, the NY Times published an online article titled, “Inside the Mind of Child with Autism.” (Carey, 2014).  In this article, the reporter, alludes to a new therapy in the treatment of autism.  It is based on the idea that a child with autism may present sstrong interests or obsessions and that

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Transitioning Into Adulthood

May 4, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Sara Giangiobbe, MAT

As we approach the end of the school year, many families find their loved ones drawing closer to graduation, and beginning the transition into adulthood. In New York State, students age out of the public school system at the end of the school year in which they turn 21. Thankfully, there are many supports and

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Advocacy, Clinical, News, Self-Advocacy, Uncategorized

Adult Independence

April 20, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Anya K. Silver, MA, BCBA

When we think of autism spectrum disorders, we often think of the children on the spectrum. We know that 1 in 68 school children has autism (CDC) and that the NYCDOE estimates that 1 in 10 city school children will have an autism diagnosis before they graduate. What we don’t often focus on is that

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QSAC is a New York City and Long Island based nonprofit that supports children and adults with autism, together with their families, in achieving greater independence, realizing their future potential, and contributing to their communities in a meaningful way by offering person-centered services.

QSAC pursues this mission through direct services that provide a supportive and individualized setting for children and adults with autism to improve their communication, socialization, academic, and functional skills.