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Pharmacological Therapy that May Reduce Autistic Behaviors

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

There is a hypothesis that the autistic disorder may result from an imbalance between excitatory glutamatergic and inhibitory GABAergic pathways. Some studies have investigated the potential role of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) modulators such as valproate (Depakote), Acamprosate (Campral), and Arbaclofen (Brondine 2016); Memantine (Namenda) and Minocycline (Minocin) (Kumar & Sharma, 2016). Depakote is an

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QSAC CFO, Paul Naranjo, To Retire After More Than 20-Years Of Service, Non-Profit Finance Executive Doug Axenfield To Assume Role

April 6, 2016 10:00 am Published by Joseph Amodeo

New York, N.Y. – QSAC’s CFO of more than 20-years, Paul Naranjo, will retire in late September 2016. After an extensive search, Douglas “Doug” Axenfeld will assume the role of CFO after Mr. Naranjo’s retirement. Over the last two decades, Mr. Naranjo has helped oversee the significant growth that QSAC has undergone throughout New York

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Clinical, Events, News

April 2nd – World Autism Awareness Day

April 1, 2016 9:00 am Published by Kristen DuMoulin, Ph.D.

Tomorrow, April 2nd is the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day. This years theme is “Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity” Autism and other forms of disability are part of the human experience that contributes to human diversity. As such, the United Nations has emphasized the need to mainstream disability in the Organization’s

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People First Language

March 29, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Sara Giangiobbe, MAT

People First Language is an alternative way of talking about individuals with disabilities; it focuses on the person themselves, and not just their disability. People First Language was developed to promote and foster positive communication when speaking to, and about, people with disabilities. It puts the person before their disability, and describes what a person

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Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports: Transition Routines

February 22, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Lindsay Maffei-Almodovar, MS Ed, MA, BCBA

At the QSAC Preschool and Day School, we strive to implement as many proactive strategies as possible to increase independent prosocial behavior and to prevent and decrease the occurrence of problem behavior. These proactive strategies are part of a system of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a decision making framework that aims

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Obesity and the Autism Population

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

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than one third of adults in the United States are obese. The prevalence of obesity in the United States has more than doubled over the past 40 years; however, these prevalence rates do not make mention to individuals with developmental disabilities. In another report published by

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Clinical, News

An Overview of the New York State Alternate Assessment Process

January 18, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Cynthia Martinez, M.S.Ed., M.S., SBL

As part of the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP), students in the 3rd, 4th, and 8th grade, as well as High School, must be assessed using standardized assessments. This regulation applies not only to students who participate in the general education curriculum, but also applies to students who receive special education services. For students

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Discovering An Etiology

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

Autism as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) can be better understood if we can identify the connection between contributing genetic and environmental factors.  Twin studies have shown high evidence of heritability. Several genetic syndromes have been associated with autism by mutations in single genes such as FMR1 in fragile X syndrome, MECP2 in Rett

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Researchers continue to seek a more objective way to diagnose autism

January 4, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Kristen DuMoulin, Ph.D.

Currently, there is no medical test that can diagnose autism spectrum disorder. Getting an ASD diagnosis relies on a multidisciplinary team of trained professionals who interview parents and administer specific behavioral assessments and parent questionnaires. Researchers of The Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials (ABC-CT), which is made up of Yale University, Duke University, Boston

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Dealing with a Crisis Situation

December 28, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Sara Giangiobbe, MAT

When a family who has a loved one with a developmental disability is in a crisis, the last person they think to turn to for help is their Medicaid Service Coordinator. Sure, the MSC can help individuals with developmental disabilities obtain and maintain supports and services, and monitor the individual’s overall well-being, but how are

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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.