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Clinical, Uncategorized

Challenging Behaviors in Autistic Individuals and Emotional Dysregulation

October 19, 2015 6:00 pm Published by Francisco Monegro, Ph.D., M.D.

According to Emerson and Einfeld, in the book Challenging Behaviours (2011), challenging behavior such as aggressive behaviors, self-injurious behaviors, psychomotor agitation, and property destruction in combination with intellectual and /or neurodevelopmental disabilities represent a serious concern for life experiences, health, safety and well-being of the individuals and their custodians. It is a behavior of high

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Autism Apps, News

Apple’s ResearchKit is branching into autism research

October 12, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Kristen DuMoulin, Ph.D.

ResearchKit is an open source framework introduced by Apple that allows researchers and developers to create powerful apps for medical research. Most research is limited to who can be recruited based on geographic locations. By expanding clinical trials to a mobile device, researchers can reach a more diverse population of participants and expand the scope of their

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Events, News, Uncategorized

QSAC Sibling Support Group Celebrates its 10th Year!

October 5, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Madelyn Wolfin, LMSW

QSAC’s Sibling Support Group entered its tenth year in July of 2015. The program is open to any family with a child on the autism spectrum. There is a Support Group for siblings, Respite supervised by QSAC staff trained in ABA, as well as an optional Parent Support Group. The program was a 5 week

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Self-Advocacy, Uncategorized

Strategies for Managing and Communicating Emotions

September 21, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Danielle Lazzara

Handling stress Using time effectively Saying what you feel Dealing with change Understanding the point of view of others Taking risks and knowing when to take them The emotional challenges above are just some of thencountered in our day to day routines. One of the ways to consider handling and being under stress is to stay in

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Clinical, Uncategorized

The Right To Effective Behavioral Treatment: Our Commitment To Our Students

September 14, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Gina Feliciano, PH.D, BCBA-D., SAS

As a school administrator, who is a board certified and NYS licensed behavior analyst, ethical considerations drive programmatic decision making. Curriculum, staff training, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) candidate supervision and training are all inspired by the need to ensure effective treatment for our students. Van Houten and his colleagues (1988) were progressive in

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The Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment, Part 2

September 7, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Cynthia Martinez

In a previous post on this blog, my colleague, Todd Merritt discussed the first tenet outlined in the Van Houten et al. (1998) article. As Todd stated, the article provides six tenets that should be included in any program that provides behavioral services to individuals.  The first tenet covered by my colleague was the individual’s

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Autism Funding Dilemma Cited by QSAC in Recent Guardian OpEd

September 4, 2015 4:00 pm Published by David Moore

Read QSAC’s call-to-action OpEd published recently in The Guardian. Written by QSAC Executive Director and CEO Gary Maffei:

Clinical, Uncategorized

The Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment, Part 1

August 31, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Todd A. Merritt, M.A., BCBA

As the field of Behavior Analysis continues to expand, there are a variety of certifications and licensures that guide the practices of a Behavior Analyst. For example, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board is an international organization that allows for appropriately credentialed individuals to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Most relevant in the state of

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Clinical, Self-Advocacy

Independence for individuals with ASD

August 17, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Anya K. Silver, MA, BCBA

The movement towards independence in adulthood is a strong motivator for families and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Even with a strong desire, reaching the maximum level of independence has proven to be more difficult due to core deficits of the disorder. As students transition from 1:1 support within the educational system to the

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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.