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“The Bedtime Pass” – An Approach to Bedtime Crying and Leaving the Room

April 6, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Nevena Savic, MA, BCBA

A lot of parents that I have an opportunity to work with, continuously report that their children often display resistance to bedtime. The most usual forms of bedtime resistance include crying, leaving the bedroom, and an inability to stay in own bed. Frequent approaches for this problem behavior include prescribing soporific drugs, letting children sleep

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Clinical, News, Uncategorized

Saliva Test Could be a Biomarker in Autism Spectrum Disorder

March 16, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Dr. Francisco Monegro, Residential Clinical Director

At workshops with parents of individuals with autism, a question frequently asked is, “what caused autism?” Unfortunately, autism spectrum disorder is a very complex neurodevelopmental disorder with multifactorial inter-individual’s components. Scientists have identified different biomarkers associated with autism spectrum disorder such as levels of serotonin, oxytocin, melatonin, immune cytokines, genetic/genomic and epigenetic markers, lymphocyte subtypes,

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Clinical, News

Reliable Autism Screening Takes More than Mere Observation at Checkups

March 9, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Kristen DuMoulin, Ph.D.

A new study finds that even experts can’t reliably detect autism by merely observing a child during a 10- to 20-minute well-child checkup. The finding underscores the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that all toddlers receive formal screening for autism at 18 and 24 months. In the study, at Brigham Young University, autism experts viewed two 10-minute videos for

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Clinical, News

Person Centered Planning more effective in helping Individuals with Developmental Disabilities plan for the future

March 2, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Sara Giangiobbe, MAT

Throughout the course of our lives, each of us has been presented with having to make decisions about the path we wanted to take. Whether it is furthering our education, choosing a career path, or even starting a family, we ultimately have the power to make our own decisions that will impact our future. Although

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Events, News, Preschool, Uncategorized

An Open Invitation to QSAC Parents

February 23, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Madelyn Wolfin, LMSW

Raising a child on the autism spectrum is a journey best understood by other parents.  Parents are often faced with unique challenges as well as incredible triumphs as their children grow.  QSAC provides a safe place to share these experiences within various facilities. The QSAC preschool in Douglaston and the day school in Whitestone offer

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Android tablets, Autism Apps, iPad, Self-Directed Services, Smartboard, Technology

Battling the winter blues? How visual supports can help!

February 16, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Gina Feliciano

It’s the dead of winter and for those of you living in the Northeast in particular, it’s been one winter! During these long, cold days it’s a good idea to have a snow day plan for you and your child with special needs. Consider the use of schedules and visual supports to help both YOU

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Events, News

An unforgettable evening for the Manhattan SSG at “The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time” show

January 26, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Rocio E. Chavez

On January 20th, 2015 the Manhattan Social Skills Group (SSG) were invited to the Barrymore Theater to meet with the cast of The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time. They were also presented with, and accepted, a donation on behalf of QSAC from Broadway Cares.  This was a very memorable experience for the

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Events, News, Technology


January 19, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Nevena Savic, MA, BCBA

The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Autism and other developmental and cognitive conditions is a serious responsibility. Without powerful procedures and devices, searches usually involve a large amount of people and expenses. More importantly, because time is so essential in this matter, every minute lost increases the risk of dreadful consequences. The

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Autismedu: Training for the NYC Public School System

January 12, 2015 3:30 pm Published by Rachel La Piana, MSEd, BCBA

QSAC has begun Autismedu; a program funded and designed for staff training related to ABA in the public school system of NYC.  We have been able to utilize the BST (Behavior Skills Training) model to train direct teaching staff and other persons in the field of education who work with individuals with autism and other

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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.