One in 68 Children has Autism

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Autism: Genetic and Environmental Interactions

April 3, 2017 3:00 pm Published by Francisco Monegro, Ph.D., M.D.

Evidence based medicine shows that autism spectrum disorder is caused by the interplay of multiple genetic factors and environmental risk factors (Karimi, et al. 2017). Environmental factors and chemical exposure may affect the pathophysiology of the nervous system, hormone system or immune system causing the developmental disorder known as autism.   According to Gaugler and

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News

Meet The New Kid On ‘Sesame Street’: Julia, A Muppet With Autism

March 20, 2017 3:00 pm Published by Kristen DuMoulin, Ph.D.

“Sesame Street” just got a whole lot broader with its newest neighbor: Julia, a Muppet with autism. The little girl Muppet with red hair and a favorite bunny clutched in her hand has been in “Sesame Street’s” online Digital Storybook series since 2015. But she’s making her TV debut surrounded by everybody’s favorite neighborhood gang

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Whitestone Day School’s Vocational Training Program: the Evolution of the Day School Store

February 13, 2017 3:00 pm Published by Cynthia Martinez, M.S.Ed., M.S., SBL

In April 2015, the Day School store opened for the first time as part of the school’s vocational training program. In its infancy, the Day School store offered a variety of snacks, water, and fruit to its customers, mainly Day School staff and school visitors. From the beginning, the school store has been run by

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Clinical

Future Focus on Autism Treatment: Biomarkers

January 24, 2017 3:00 pm Published by Francisco Monegro, Ph.D., M.D.

The autism diagnosis has been based on information collected from clinical assessments. These data points include a battery of clinical tests, level of participation in social interaction, communication skills, repetitive behaviors, and parent surveys. However, the advances in the understanding of the genetic architecture of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have been shifting the paradigm to

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Another area of the brain linked to ASD

January 9, 2017 3:00 pm Published by Kristen DuMoulin, Ph.D.

Dr. Joshua Henk Balsters and his colleagues performed MRI scans on individuals with ASD, and on a group of age and IQ-matched control subjects. Balsters et al found key differences in the brain activity between the two groups. The part of the brain that was affected plays a complex role in social interaction, affecting emotional intelligence and social cognition.  Dr Balsters said: “A

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Obesity and the Autism Population (more on Mo’s Progress)

December 19, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Rocio E. Chavez, MA., MSEd., LBA

A few months have gone by since Mo’s last update…and the ASP is happy to report that he continues to lose weight and exercise like the athlete he has become. Mo has officially lost 73 pounds! More than 6 months ago, Mo was assigned a personal trainer through Title Boxing Club Forest Hills, where he has

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Future Focus on Autism Treatment: Precision Medicine

October 31, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Francisco Monegro, Ph.D., M.D.

“Personalized Medicine”, “Precision Medicine”, or “Individualized Medicine” is a concept that has modern applications to treatment of malignancies, heart disease, cystic fibrosis, HIV, asthma, hepatitis C, alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, among many disease. Jameson and Longo (2015) define precision medicine “as treatments targeted to the needs of individual patients on the basis of genetic, biomarker,

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Instructional Fading – A Path to Increased Productivity

October 3, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Lindsay Maffei-Almodovar, MS Ed, MA, BCBA

At the QSAC Preschool and Day School, we apply proactive strategies to increase prosocial behavior and decrease or prevent the occurrence of problem behavior. The proactive strategies that we implement are part of a system of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a decision making framework that improves staff and student behavior through

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Obesity and the Autism Population (An update on Mo’s Progress)

August 8, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Rocio E. Chavez, MA., MSEd., LBA

A few months ago, the After School program introduced everyone to a young man, affectionately known as Mo. Mo was assigned a personal trainer through Title Boxing Club Forest Hills in order to help lose weight and become physically fit. In addition, the ASP designed a weight loss program to help teach him healthier eating

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Clinical

Co-morbid Disorders in Autism Spectrum Disorder

July 11, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Francisco Monegro, Ph.D., M.D.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder which is associated with multiple co-morbid disorders. These co-morbid disorders include genetic disorders such as fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, 15q duplications, and untreated phenylketonuria; electroencephalographic abnormalities which is seen in 20–50% of cases such as in epilepsy; intellectual disability which is seen in approximately 70-75% of cases;

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ABOUT US

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.