Services for Students and Children

QSAC's services for children and students with autism spectrum disorders include early childhood services for children between the ages of 0 and 5, a day school in Queens and The Bronx for children between the ages of 5 and 21, after school programs throughout New York City, a respite program, evaluations, career and college counseling services for students, work-based learning, and more. Below is a listing of our services for students and children. Simply click on the program's name to learn more.

Click on a program to learn more:

ABA Child Learning Series


The ABA Child Learning Series is a weekly workshop, held at QSAC. For a list of workshop dates and topics, please call Babina Chhetry at (718) 728-8476, ext. 1015 or email her at BChhetry@qsac.com.




After School Programs


QSAC offers five After School Programs that seek to provide therapeutic and behavior-oriented teaching and clinical treatment programs for children and adolescents with autism or pervasive developmental disorder. Through a variety of assessments and parental input an individualized program is developed for each student. Programs are implemented through the use of principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis including discrete trial and natural environment teaching. Programs are implemented by the Group Leader and Therapy Assistants. The After School Programs operate Monday through Friday, from 2:45pm to 6pm on public school days. Supervised transportation and a nutritious snack are provided to all students.For more information about the QSAC After School Program, please call Dita DeSena at (718) 7-AUTISM Ext. 1418 or email her at DDeSena@qsac.com.




Community Habilitation


The Community Habilitation program is primarily a skills training program designed to assist families who are caring for their disabled loved one at home. The goal of the Community Habilitation program is to enable individuals with autism or pervasive developmental disorder to develop the skills and behaviors necessary to be participating members of their home and community. Upon entering the Community Habilitation program, each participants strengths and needs are assessed and treatment plans are developed to enhance the overall functioning of the individual. Each treatment plan is designed and implemented according to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. The times and schedules of the Community Habilitation program are arranged individually for each consumer. All participants in the Community Habilitation program must have a diagnosis of autism or pervasive developmental disorder. For more information about the QSAC Community Habilitation Program, please call Farzana Karim at (718) 7-AUTISM Ext. 1233 or email her at FKarim@qsac.com.




Day School


QSAC's Day School program provides children 5 to 21 years of age with an appropriate education, implemented in the least restrictive environment. Each student in the QSAC Day School receives individualized programming that is designed and implemented in conjunction with the Committee on Special Education, the student's family, the student's school teacher, therapists, and the Director of the School. Each program is designed according to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. The QSAC Day School also provides related services and offers family members the opportunity to take part in Parent Training Workshops and Family Support Groups. Referrals for this program are made on an individual basis with a coordinated effort between QSAC and the Committee on Special Education. Currently, the QSAC Day School has 12 separate classrooms, 11 of which are comprised of 6 children, 1 teacher and 3 teacher assistants (6:1:3) and 1 classroom which is comprised of 8 children, 1 teacher and 3 teacher assistants (8:1:3). The QSAC Day School operates 12 months per year, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:15 AM – 2:45 PM. For more information about the QSAC Day School Program, please call Larisa Muratov at (718) 7-AUTISM. ext. 1513 or email her at LMuratov@qsac.com.




Early Intervention Services


The QSAC Early Intervention program is designed to address the behavioral and educational goals of families as outlined in their child’s Individualized Family Service Plan. Referred children are typically diagnosed or deemed at risk for an Autism Spectrum Disorder, but QSAC also accepts referrals of more global developmental delays. Services are designed for children from birth to three years of age and are generally implemented according to the principles of applied behavior analysis. QSAC’s specially trained therapists work one on one with each child in the program. Early Intervention services include initial and ongoing service coordination, special instruction, parent/sibling support groups and parent support groups. Services are typically provided in the families’ home from Monday through Friday, however, weekends are available if needed. For more information about the QSAC Early Intervention, please call Rhodie Volpe at (718) 7-AUTISM ext. 1512. or email her at RVolpe@qsac.com. Early Intervention (EI) Services are for children less than three (3) years of age who have or are suspected of having a developmental delay or disability. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and New York City. All children must be referred to the municipality to access Early Intervention program services. If you suspect your child or a child you know has delays please refer them to the NYC Early Intervention Program by calling 311. Eligibility for the early intervention program is determined by State-approved evaluators under contract with the NYC EIP. if a child is found eligible for the early intervention program, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized. QSAC, Inc. is approved as a provider of early intervention program services and under contract with the NYC EIP to deliver early intervention program services. All services provided under the EIP are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to parents, but health insurance may be accessed for reimbursement for early intervention services provided to eligible children and their families. Service providers will be arranged considering the individual needs of the child and family. When early intervention services are delivered in child care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated costs with such access to child care or community locations.




Emergency Respite Fund


QSAC has funds available to assist families living in Queens to pay for emergency respite for their disabled loved ones in times of crisis. The Emergency Respite Fund is designed to assist families in coping with unexpected family illnesses, pregnancies, deaths, and/or extreme emotional stresses. For more information about the Fund please call Farzana Karim at (718) 7-AUTISM, ext. 1233.




Family Reimbursement Program


The QSAC Family Reimbursement program allocates funds to families for the reimbursement of goods and services, not covered under any existing benefits or entitlements. The goal of the program is to lighten the financial burden of families, while at the same time increasing the quality of life of individuals with autism or pervasive developmental disorder. The Family Reimbursement program is open to all individuals who are diagnosed with autism or pervasive developmental disorder. For more information about the QSAC Family Reimbursement, please call Annie Washington at (718) 7-AUTISM Ext. 1219 or email her at AWashington@qsac.com.




Job Exploration Counseling for Students


This program is available for students between the ages of 14 and 21 who are currently enrolled in an academic program. The program provides students with one-on-one counseling pertaining to career exploration. Over the course of a series of sessions, the student is introduced to various career pathways and completes structured exercises/activities to learn more about different occupations. To learn more about this program, contact the vocational services team at accesvr@qsac.com or call (212) 244-5560, ext. 2000.




Overnight Respite


The QSAC Overnight Respite program offers the opportunity for greater independence for participants while giving a weekend of relief to care givers. The Overnight Respite program typically takes place at a recreational facility such as a dude ranch. However, the service may take place in the participants home or in a mutually convenient location. The Overnight Respite program is open to all individuals who have a diagnosis of autism or pervasive developmental disorder. For more information about the QSAC Overnight Respite or any of QSAC’s other programs please call (718) 7-AUTISM.




Post-Secondary Counseling for Students


This program is available for students between the ages of 14 and 21 who are currently enrolled in an academic program. The program provides supports for students who are in or are interested in pursuing a post-secondary educational program (e.g. college, technical/trade school, etc). The service can provide support with exploring different training and educational opportunities as well as assistance with financial aid and understanding the types of financial aid that are available. To learn more about this program, contact the vocational services team at accesvr@qsac.com or call (212) 244-5560, ext. 2000.




Preschool


QSAC offers a center-based Preschool program which provides children between the ages of 3 and 5 with an appropriate education in the least restrictive of environment. We have class sizes of 6:1:3, 8:1:2 and 12:1:2. The "appropriateness" of each child's education is determined by the educational and behavioral goals that are outlined in each student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). The preschool is a full day, 12-month program with small classrooms led by New York State Certified Special Education Teachers. All programmatic instruction at the preschool is implemented according to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and related services, such as speech therapy, are also provided as outlined by each child's IEP. Referrals to the preschool program are made on an individual basis with a coordinated effort between QSAC and the Board of Education's Committee on Preschool Special Education. For more information about the QSAC Preschool, please call Larisa Muratov at (718) 7-AUTISM. ext. 1513 or email her at LMuratov@qsac.com.




Preschool Evaluation


The QSAC Preschool (CPSE) Evaluation Site is designed to offer comprehensive evaluations for Early Intervention children transitioning to CPSE or any preschool age child with a suspected delay in the areas of cognitive and educational development, behavior, speech, OT, and PT. The program is available to children referred by the New York City Department of Education. Service Description: Licensed and Certified Monolingual and Bilingual (Spanish) Evaluators for Speech, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Special Education, and Physical Therapy are available to evaluate children between the ages 2.9 and 5 years old. Location: The QSAC Preschool Evaluation site is located in Douglaston, however evaluations are conducted in the comfort of your home, day care, or any other mutually agreed upon location. Admission Criteria: The Preschool Evaluation Site provides evaluations for children suspected of having any type of disability or delay; not just autism. We encourage all Preschool evaluation referrals and offer assistance with the CPSE process. For additional information or to make a referral, please call Rhodie Volpe at (718) 7-AUTISM ext. 1512. or email her at RVolpe@qsac.com.




Respite at Home


The QSAC In-Home Respite program seeks to provide scheduled care to individuals with autism or pervasive developmental disorder in their own homes. The program serves a dual purpose as it provides participants with opportunities to develop greater independence and dignity, while offering caregivers a break from their daily responsibilities. Each family participating in the In-Home Respite program is offered one 4-hour respite per week. Families can request day or evening, weekday or weekend respites. For more information about the QSAC In-Home Respite, please call Farzana Karim at (718) 7-AUTISM ext. 1233 or email her at FKarim@qsac.com.




Saturday Recreation


QSAC's Saturday Recreation Program offers therapeutic recreation, structured activities, community outings and teaches functional skills. We have highly skilled therapists that use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach the participants communication skills, ADL skills, and appropriate socialization. QSAC provides supervised transportation to the program and home. For more information, please call Farzana Karim at (718) 7-AUTISM Ext.1233 or email her at FKarim@qsac.com.




School Holiday Respite


The QSAC School Holiday In-Home Respite program seeks to provide scheduled care to families caring for a disabled loved-one. The program is specifically designed to offer families a period of relief on days when public schools are closed. The program also strives to enhance the independence of its participants by providing socialization and learning experiences either in the home or local community. Participants may request one 4-hour visit per school holiday. The program is available to all individuals diagnosed with autism or pervasive developmental disorder. For more information about the QSAC School Holiday Respite or any of QSAC’s other programs please call (718) 7-AUTISM.




Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT)


The QSAC Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) program is open to all children between the ages of 3 and 5 classified by the Board of Education's Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) as a pre-schooler with a disability. The objective of SEIT is to address all of the behavioral objectives and educational goals that are outlined in each child's Individual Educational Plan. In order to maximize the effectiveness of this program, all programmatic instruction is designed and implemented according to the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis. Upon entering the program, New York State Certified Special Education Teachers work in conjunction with the CPSE and the family in designing an instructional program that reflects the particular strengths and needs of each individual. For more information about the QSAC Special Education Itinerant Teacher, please call Rhodie Volpe at (718) 7-AUTISM, ext. 1512 or email her at RVolpe@qsac.com.




Special Education Teacher Support Service (SETSS)


The objective of the Special Education Teacher Support Service (SETSS) Program is to address the behavioral objectives and educational goals that are outlined in each child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). All programmatic instruction is implemented according to the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to providing direct instruction, SETSS teachers also work closely with related service providers to establish a collaborative and inclusive approach. In conjunction with the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and the family, the teacher will design an instructional program which reflects the child’s specific strengths and weaknesses. For more information about the Special Education Teacher Support Service (SETSS) program, please call Rhodie Volpe at (718) 7-AUTISM, ext. 1512 or email her at RVolpe@qsac.com.




Social Skills Group


QSAC provides a Social Skills Group for individuals on the autism spectrum, targeting those with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome. Individuals with autism exhibit the most profound deficits in socialization, peer interaction and typical communication, which can have a great impact on their success and overall progress. QSAC operates a Social Skills Groups in Manhattan and a second group in Queens. Participants must be residents of the borough for the group they wish to join. The QSAC Social Skills Group will provide the participants with the communication, socialization, and interactive skills to thrive in various settings, similar to their typically developing peers. For more information about the Social Skills Group, please call Rocio Chavez at (718) 7-AUTISM or email her at RChavez@qsac.com.




Work-Based Learning (WBL) for Students


Work-Based learning (WBL) is an educational approach or instructional method that uses community workplaces to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will help them connect school experiences to real-life work activities and future career opportunities. It is essential that direct employer or community involvement be a component of Work-Based Learning (WBL) to ensure in-depth student engagement. WBL assists students with developing a greater understanding of the soft skills important to succeed in the work place. It allows students to learn from people currently practicing in the occupations or careers interest to the student and obtain firsthand knowledge from community-based businesses. WBL may include in-school or afterschool opportunities, experiences outside the traditional school setting, and/or internships. To inquire about QSAC's WBL program, please contact the vocational services team at accesvr@qsac.com or (212) 244-5560, ext. 2000.





Quality Services for the Autism Community (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.

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