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QSAC Sibling Support Group Celebrates its 10th Year!

October 5, 2015 3:00 pm Published by

QSAC’s Sibling Support Group entered its tenth year in July of 2015. The program is open to any family with a child on the autism spectrum. There is a Support Group for siblings, Respite supervised by QSAC staff trained in ABA, as well as an optional Parent Support Group. The program was a 5 week experience, held once a week in the evenings at the QSAC Preschool.

QSAC’s team of facilitators included: to Dita DeSena, Director of After School, Rocio Chavez, Assistant Director of After School, Nevena Savic, Assistant Director of Family Education and Training, Ana Lopez, Staff Trainer, and , Madelyn Wolfin, Social Work Coordinator.

QSAC’s Sibling Support Group provided an opportunity for brothers and sisters of children with autism to obtain peer support and education within a recreational atmosphere. The 2015 siblings ranged in age from 5 to 14 years old, and met for a series of 5 weeks. The children were grouped according to their age, and participated in fun and creative small group exercises. Each meeting was focused on a different theme, designed to elicit an open expression of feelings in a warm, non judgmental environment.

While the children were engaged in Sibling Group and Respite, the parents were invited to participate in a Support Group as well. Although the program was pleased to welcome several new families, a considerable number of participants continue to return year after year. The 2015 Sibling Support Program had 48 participants in total, with 16 children attending the Sibling Support Group, 13 children in Respite, and 19 parents in the Parent Support Group.


ThUntitled1e final meeting of the summer traditionally ends with a party for all. This “Bring a Dessert Party” is a time where parents and children join together to eat and share their experiences. It was fun and rewarding for everyone involved. In response to the requests of the participants, QSAC will be offering a series of sibling special events throughout the year. The first meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 6:30PM at the QSAC Preschool in Douglaston. Feel free to contact Madelyn Wolfin at (718) 728-8476 x 1519 or for further information.

A special thanks to all of the families who participated in the program. They were instrumental to the program’s success, and we look forward to many rewarding years together in the future!


An Open Invitation to QSAC Parents

February 23, 2015 3:00 pm Published by

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 monthly parent support groups providing a forum to share their feelings, thoughts, and experiences.  Parents are able to discuss frustrations and compare parenting techniques without judgment.  The support group is also a great place to learn about services, support systems, recreation, and activities for their children.

As the facilitator of the QSAC parent support groups in Queens, I have had the privilege to meet parents with undying strength and compassion.  The participants support their children and each other creating an invaluable network for one another.  These parents are active participants in their children’s education and growth providing the foundation for their children to reach their full potential.

If you are a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I invite you to join our network and share the joy.  Parents do not need to attend all sessions to become a member.  Feel free to drop in when you can; we are always pleased to welcome new members. If you would like to join one of the Queens parent support groups contact Madelyn Wolfin, LMSW at (718) 728-8476 x 1519 or  A complete listing of QSAC parent support groups is available on


Douglaston Parent Support Group 2014



Douglaston Evening Support Group and ABA Training 2014



Whitestone Parent Support Group 2014



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.