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Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports

June 6, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Gina Feliciano, PH.D, BCBA-D., SAS

As we continue to review the essential components of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), this post is dedicated to the review of Functional Communication Training (FCT). In order to understand the importance of FCT, a quick review of PBIS is outlined below. What is PBIS and why do the QSAC Day School and Preschool

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Clinical, Uncategorized

A Work in Progress: Ensuring Procedural Integrity within the QSAC School Programs

May 16, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Lindsay Maffei-Almodovar, MS Ed, MA, BCBA

Procedural integrity is the extent to which an intervention is implemented as intended (e.g., Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007). There are a few other terms that have been used interchangeably with procedural integrity including treatment fidelity, treatment integrity and procedural fidelity. All of the above terms relate to the same basic theme: evidence based interventions

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Community Relations, Events, News, Press Release

Valerie Smaldone to Emcee and Will & Anthony Nunziata to Headline Gala Benefiting Services for more than 2,100 Children and Adults with Autism

May 11, 2016 7:59 pm Published by Joseph Amodeo

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community) will host its annual gala benefiting more than 2,100 children and adults with autism. Five-time Billboard Magazine Award winner and noted radio star, Valerie Smaldone will serve as the emcee for the event, which will feature a performance by recording artists and concert

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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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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.