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An Open Invatation 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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IGF-1 May be a Predictor of Autism Spectrum Disorder

December 29, 2014 4:00 pm Published by Dr. Francisco Monegro, Residential Clinical Director

The CDC has established that 1 in 42 boys are diagnosed with ASD. Despite the adoption of new diagnostic criteria in DSM-5 in 2013, the percentage of patients qualifying as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has not changed; this data according to a Medscape survey. There are several studies that have tried to decode the etiology

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Clinical, News

Autism and Pollutants

December 22, 2014 4:30 pm Published by Kristen DuMoulin, Ph.D.

About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (CDC, 2014). While genetics plays a significant role in ASD, evidence suggests that environmental exposures also affect ASD risk. Several studies have explored associations of air pollution with ASD. These studies suggest increased odds of having a child with ASD with higher

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News, Self-Advocacy

An Explanation On Self Advocacy

December 15, 2014 3:00 pm Published by Sara Giangiobbe, MAT

Being able to advocate for one’s self is something that we don’t often think about on a regular basis. For those of us without communication deficits, it is easy to let others know what you want in your life. You are in charge of your own decision making; from small things such as wanting to

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Autism Apps, iPad, News, Self-Directed Services, Technology

New Resource for Parents of Children with Autism

December 11, 2014 5:11 pm Published by Gina Feliciano

Receiving a diagnosis of Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is a life altering event; a family’s hopes, dreams and aspirations for their child come crashing to a halt with those few words. Working in a preschool program we see families in varying states of understanding, acceptance and yes denial of this difficult news. This spring,

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Community Relations

$300,000 in Grants will Support Expanded Programs for Autism Community

December 3, 2014 9:32 pm Published by Joseph Amodeo

Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), a nonprofit serving New York City and Long Island, has received more than $300,000 in grants in support of its training programs to support children and adults with autism. A $130,000 grant from The New York Community Trust (NYCT) will support the expansion of QSAC’s teacher training program

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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.