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Self-Advocacy, Uncategorized

Strategies for Managing and Communicating Emotions

September 21, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Danielle Lazzara

Handling stress Using time effectively Saying what you feel Dealing with change Understanding the point of view of others Taking risks and knowing when to take them The emotional challenges above are just some of thencountered in our day to day routines. One of the ways to consider handling and being under stress is to stay in

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Clinical, Uncategorized

The Right To Effective Behavioral Treatment: Our Commitment To Our Students

September 14, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Gina Feliciano, PH.D, BCBA-D., SAS

As a school administrator, who is a board certified and NYS licensed behavior analyst, ethical considerations drive programmatic decision making. Curriculum, staff training, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) candidate supervision and training are all inspired by the need to ensure effective treatment for our students. Van Houten and his colleagues (1988) were progressive in

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The Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment, Part 2

September 7, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Cynthia Martinez

In a previous post on this blog, my colleague, Todd Merritt discussed the first tenet outlined in the Van Houten et al. (1998) article. As Todd stated, the article provides six tenets that should be included in any program that provides behavioral services to individuals.  The first tenet covered by my colleague was the individual’s

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Autism Funding Dilemma Cited by QSAC in Recent Guardian OpEd

September 4, 2015 4:00 pm Published by David Moore

Read QSAC’s call-to-action OpEd published recently in The Guardian. Written by QSAC Executive Director and CEO Gary Maffei:

Clinical, Uncategorized

The Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment, Part 1

August 31, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Todd A. Merritt, M.A., BCBA

As the field of Behavior Analysis continues to expand, there are a variety of certifications and licensures that guide the practices of a Behavior Analyst. For example, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board is an international organization that allows for appropriately credentialed individuals to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Most relevant in the state of

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Clinical, Self-Advocacy

Independence for individuals with ASD

August 17, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Anya K. Silver, MA, BCBA

The movement towards independence in adulthood is a strong motivator for families and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Even with a strong desire, reaching the maximum level of independence has proven to be more difficult due to core deficits of the disorder. As students transition from 1:1 support within the educational system to the

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Clinical, Uncategorized

Relationships and Autism

August 10, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Sara Giangiobbe, MAT

One of the key markers of autism is significant social deficits. Even on opposite ends of the spectrum, having difficulties with social cues and relationships is consistent. That being said, this is not to say that people with autism do not want to have meaningful relationships with others. In fact, many of the people I

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Advocacy, Self-Advocacy, Self-Directed Services

My Job as the Self-Advocate Liaison

August 3, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Danielle Lazzara

This past year has been a challenging one as much as a rewarding one. When I first started working for QSAC, I did not realize the impact I would have as a self-advocate and mentor to young adults with disabilities, but as time went on, myself and others have come to understand this more and

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Changes to the DSM diagnosis for ASD: The effects are still unclear

July 13, 2015 3:00 pm Published by Rachel La Piana, MSEd, BCBA

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was revised and released a fifth edition in May of 2013. Included in the changes that were made to the DSM-5, is the dissolution of the diagnoses of PDD-NOS and Asperger’s Disorder which both previously fell under the umbrella term for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Individuals

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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.