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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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Clinical

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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Events

Re-Creation Recreation Holiday Week

December 21, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Vicky Ramsay, M.P.A.

Thanks to QSAC’s dedicated and skilled Hab Spec and Respite staff, the Family Services department was able to offer parents a reprieve so that they could do their holiday shopping and enjoy some rest time. During the week of 11/30/15-12/04/15 from 6-9 PM, families of children enrolled in Comm Hab and Respite were given a

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Advocacy, Self-Advocacy

Adjusting to life changes for people with disabilities

December 14, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Danielle Lazzara

Life is full of changes, some of these changes are easy to adjust to while others are more challenging. While growing up, I became isolated and withdrawn whenever I had to change much or when change was expected of me I hated to admit it at the time but the reality was that I hated

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Clinical

The Right To Effective Treatment: Our Commitment To Our Students (continued)

December 7, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Gina Feliciano, PH.D, BCBA-D., SAS

In September I wrote a piece about our roles and responsibilities to our students and how our teaching and training model works to promote the right to effective treatment as outlined by Van Houten Et al (1988). Since then, the BCBA candidates employed at the QSAC Day School have collaborated to create The Effective Treatment

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Clinical

Pyramidal Training, Research and the Right to Effective Treatment

November 30, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Lindsay Maffei-Almodovar, MS Ed, MA, BCBA

Staff members serving people with developmental disabilities are often required to implement several behavior analytic procedures with only limited training soon after being hired.  Often, organizations that employ direct care staff have few qualified staff trainers, high rates of absenteeism and frequent staff turnover (Seavey, 2004; (Zaharia & Baumeister, 1979). Pyramidal training allows supervisors, consultants

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Clinical

The Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment, Part 5

November 23, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Todd A. Merritt, M.A., BCBA

As mentioned in a previous post, my colleagues and I at the QSAC Day School are reviewing the tenets outlined by Van Houten et al. (1988) and how they may be interpreted or are currently being implemented within our school. Today I am reviewing the fifth tenet outlined by the authors, which states that “an

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Strategies to Help Get Through the Holiday Season

November 16, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Rocio E. Chavez, MA., MSEd., LBA

The 2015 holiday season is officially here! And we begin our preparations to spend time with loved ones and partake in holiday events. The holiday season can be a stressful time of the year for everyone, but it can be especially challenging for an individual with an autism spectrum disorder. A little advanced planning and

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Clinical

The Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment, Part 4

November 2, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Cynthia Martinez

My colleagues and I at the QSAC Day School have been discussing the tenents outlined in the Van Houten et al. (1988) article over a series of blog entries. For this entry, I will be covering the fourth tenent outlined by Van Houten et al. which states that “an individual has a right to programs

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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.