News, Events, and Announcements

June 2017

Our Summer 2017 Newsletter is out! Please take a look: there is an important legislative update and more!

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May 2017

Our office moved to a new location, in Hempstead NY. This facility will allow us to better serve our clients and provide enhanced support services to both them and their providers. The facility includes multiple therapy rooms for concurrent center-based therapy sessions, among other features and benefits. Please contact us if you would like to see our new space, and start bringing your child in for center-based services.

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February 2017

Our Winter 2017 newsletter has been completed. Lots of interesting information; please read and share!

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August 2016

News has been slow because we have been busy! We are sorry for the delay with updates. We have a newsletter that can bring you up to date:

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February 2015

2/17/2015 9:00am-3:00pm Winter Training Day!

Join us for…

Kids Playing 9:00 - 10:30 Social Skills: Assessment and skills development

presented by Sharlene Corrigan
calendar 10:45 - 12:15 Toilet Training

presented by Kimberly Shamoun
Fruitplate 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
confused employee 1:30 - 3:00 Security and Confidentiality for the BCBA

presented by Alan Shamoun

April 2014

BIPS becomes a credentialed provider with Optum / Optum Health / United Behavioral Health
As of April 7th, BIPS has become an approved provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We are very pleased to become part of this network, so that we can use our extensive experience to serve even more members of our community, in a manner that makes these services more affordable to their families. Please visit our Services page to find out more information.

BIPS accepted to stage 2 for Autism Speaks grant
A Letter of Intent submitted by our company to Autism Speaks was accepted by the organization, allowing us to provide a formal submission for a grant. Obtaining this grant will afford us the opportunity to extend our training program for the new Registered Behavior Technician credential (established by the BACB) to paraprofessionals who work with children with autism in schools or home based settings.  We are very pleased to be a step closer to bringing more services to our community, while at the same time lowering out of pocket costs to individuals. Please stay tuned for more details.

March 2014

Behavior Analysts to be licensed professionals in New York
On January 10, 2014 Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill to license providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA)  for people with autism spectrum and related disorders. This law allows for greater consumer access to ABA services covered by the Autism Insurance Reform Law that was signed in November 2011.  By signing this bill into law, Governor Cuomo is followed through on the efforts of Assemblyman Morelle and Former Senator Fuschillo who were sponsors of both the autism insurance and behavior analyst licensing laws.

As Chair of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) Public Policy Committee, BIPS Director Kimberly Shamoun, Ph.D., BCBA-D, provided effective leadership in moving the licensing bills through the legislature and encouraging the governor to sign the bill.  Dr. Shamoun explained that “Governor Cuomo’s signature on this legislation ensures that New Yorkers can receive necessary services provided by licensed behavior analysts and certified assistant behavior analysts, allowing people with specialized training and national certification in behavior analysis to be the providers of services that are so greatly needed.  By recognizing and licensing the field of behavior analysis, the Governor is also ensuring proper oversight by the NY State Education Department to allow only qualified professionals to provide these important services to consumers.” (
www.nysaba.org - Licensure law for Behavior Analysts-Questions and Answers)

With the Governor’s signature on this bill, those professionals that already have a national certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) may now apply for immediate licensure with the Department.

February 2014

Senator Jack Martins of New York hosting Workshop for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Topics of Discussion:
-Government benefits for individuals with disabilities.
-How to accumulate and preserve assets without disqualifying eligibility for benefits.
-Establishing guardianship.
-Estate planning and wills.
-Special needs trusts - how they work and why they're useful.
-Strategies for funding trusts.

When: Thursday February 13th 2014 at 7:00pm
Where: Clara H. Carlson Elementary School, 235 Belmont Blvd., Elmont NY 11003
RSVP: 516-746-5924

Speakers are from the following law firm: www.amcohenlaw.com

January 2014

Senator Charles Schumer of New York annouces proposed legislation: Avonte's Law
On the heels of the tragic news regarding Avonte Oquendo, Senator Schumer has proposed legislation to fund provision of GPS tracking devices for children with ASD. This is a great move by the Senator, and we hope that he is successful in making this happen. We all know that eloping (or as Mr. Schumer puts it: "bolting" (out the door)) is a major problem for many families. All too often, families, their caregivers, schools, local police, and neighbors find themselves looking for someone who has strayed from their safe environment. This legistaion will put the much needed tools in the hands of families who need it but can't afford it.

Please read the press release from Sentor Schumer here, for complete details:
http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Newsroom/record.cfm?id=349352

When we hear more on this, we will be sure to let you know...

November 2013

NYSABA is awarding Dr. David Roll this year’s award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Behavior Analysis in recognition of his leadership in Behavior Analysis in New York State.  As many of you know, David was the 2nd BCBA Certificant in NY.  He also co-founded our state’s chapter of ABAI and APBA (NYSABA).  David has been at the forefront of efforts to license behavior analysts in NY and he continues to mentor Supervisees in ABA and practitioners seeking licensure in psychology.  His quality supervision has provided for many more qualified providers in our state.  Without his efforts, we wouldn’t be as close as we are to licensure.  Kimberly Shamoun has the honor of presenting this award to David at NYSABA’s 24th annual conference next week (11/7 & 11/8).

It’s not too late to register for the conference and obtain CEUs. You can go to www.nysaba.org for more information on the presentations, including a great list of Invited Speakers.

August 2013

While, the Department of Financial Services has lifted the licensure requirements for BCBAs in NY, SED still requires licensure of behavior analysts to practice in NY, so… 

Our work is not done!

 CALL GOVERNOR CUOMO

You can call him at: (518) 474-8390

You will reach his office voicemail and you can leave the following message…"Hello, I am calling to ask Governor Cuomo to sign A.6963 and S.4862 to help Behavior Analysts who serve New York families raising kids with autism. Behavior Analysts need a license to practice for the families to get the treatment they deserve. Thank you."

June 2013

**IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE UPDATE**

Bill A6963, to license Behavior Analysts, has passed the New York State Assembly and Senate!

Licensed Behavior Analyst and Certified Behavior Analyst Assistant will be the 50th and 51st licensed professions in the state of New York!

Thanks to the hard work of Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, Senator Charles Fuschillo, NYSABA Counsel (Kevin Quinn), Autism Speaks, and past and present Board Members of NYSABA, Behavior Analysts will now have a licensed profession in the state of New York, permitting us to provide quality services to children with autism or related disorders and their families.

Once the Bill is signed by the Governor, the law governing the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in New York State will be effective on July 1, 2014, with exception for provisions relating to licensure of individuals who are currently Board Certified Behavior Analysts, who will be licensed immediately upon filing with the NYS Department of Education and filling out the moral character paperwork and paying the New York State licensing fee.

 

Social Skills Groups - Summer 2013
Open House - Our Social Skills Groups for the summer are in the process of being formed. Take the opportunity to come to our open house to see what it will be about. While you are here though, if you haven't already done so, please fill out our inquiry sheet: questionnaire. Open house info is as follows:

When:     Tuesday June 18th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where:   Jewish Community Center of West Hempstead, 711 Dogwood Avenue, West Hempstead NY 11552

February 2013

Providing ABA Services in New York Sate - Update
On November 1st, 2012, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released emergency regulations for the implementation of the Autism Insurance Reform Law in NY.  These regulations limited the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who are also licensed in another profession (e.g. psychology, social work, etc.). This resulted in fewer than 50 people being qualified to practice or supervise ABA in New York.

After these emergency regulations expired on February 1st, the DFS made a change to the regulations allowing anyone who holds a certification in a related field in the state of NY (such as teaching) to provide ABA services, in addition to BCBAs who are licensed. There is currently no licensing for ABA in NYS; the reference to BCBA’s who are licensed refers to those who also hold a license in Psychology or other related profession.  In effect, this increased the number of professionals who can provide ABA services and be reimbursed by insurance companies, but made the problem of access to quality ABA services for families much worse by permitting unqualified people (those without training and experience in ABA) to provide ABA services.

Autism Speaks and NYSABA have been working closely and diligently to resolve the problems with the regulations promulgated by the DFS. The goal is to modify the regulations so that they reflect the intent of the law: allowing Board Certified Behavior Analysts to provide ABA for individuals diagnosed with autism.

While the DFS has heard the concerns, there is uncertainty as to what the final resolution will be.  NYSABA is continuing in these efforts and is hopeful that changes will be made so that the hard work by Autism Speaks, NYSABA, parents, providers, and other organizations who have been instrumental in getting the law passed initially, is not in vain.  The current regulations will not allow the autism law to be implemented in the manner it was intended.

Stay tuned by checking our website and NYSABA’s website regularly for important updates regarding the regulations.

December 2012

Friday and Saturday December 7th & 8th 2012 - First Annual Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference

 

Invited Presenters:
    Dr. Bridget A. Taylor, BCBA-D- Alpine Learning Group, New Jersey
    Dr. Henry S. Roane, BCBA-D- SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital 
    Dr. Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D., L.P., B.C.B.A.. Executive Director, Clinical Services Lovaas Institute – Midwest
    Heather Kadey, BCBA SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital
    Judith    Ursitti- Autism Speaks Regional Director of State Advocacy Relations
    Dr. Bobby Newman, BCBA-D- Room To Grow
    Jennica Velasquez-Nill- Parent Advocate

Long Island Behavior Analyst Google Group (LI-BAG) The mission is to support the professional needs of behavior analysts in the Long Island area servicing children and adults with developmental disabilities. LIBAG will provide ongoing educational support, share resources, provide networking opportunities and the development of unified responses pertaining to local issues that affect the practice of behavior analysts. Members will guide the focus of LIBAG based on the current needs in the field. LIBAG also seeks to expand the awareness and importance of behavior analysis and best practice guidelines in the local Long Island community.

Proceeds of this conference will go to help support the following organizations:

NYSABA, ELIJA & ASAT


Please visit Elija's website for additional information about this conference including a full description, location, costs, etc.

November 2012

Saturday November 3th 2012, 9:00am-5:00pm - Motivating Children with Autism to Speak: Incorporating ABA Principles To Build Functional Communication

PRESENTED BY: Tamara S. Kasper, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION (excerpt):

Many children with autism and other developmental disabilities live with little or no verbal skills. The inability to communicate even basic requests creates a high level of frustration and can lead to many challenging behaviors, including self-stimulatory and self-injurious behavior.

Presented by a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist who has also become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, this seminar draws from multiple treatment frameworks to gain insight into reasons that some children make minimal progress and provides specific methods for enhancing the effectiveness of your treatment approaches. The seminar shines a spot light on the challenges in working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities and provides outside-the-box teaching strategies to reduce problem behavior, to promote functional communication, and to increase early vocal skills in this population.

Please visit Elija's website for additional information about this seminar including a full description, location, costs, etc.

October 2012

October 25th & 26th 2012

Mirela Cengher will be presenting her current research via a poster session at NYSABA 2012! We are very happy for her and hope that many people will be able to check out the presentation of her research:

The Effects of Deprivation and Satiation of Social Interaction on Tacting
Authors: Cengher, M., Jones, E. A., and Fienup, D. M.
Presentation type: poster competition and poster session
Conference:
NYSABA

Research has demonstrated that deprivation and satiation of social interaction result in differential responding for numerous topographies of behavior maintained by social generalized reinforcement, including academic performance, choice behavior, and problem behavior. In these studies, when participants were socially deprived they displayed a higher frequency of the target behavior as compared to when they were socially satiated. These results are promising because they demonstrate that antecedent interventions are effective in changing behavior maintained by social generalized reinforcement.

To date, the deprivation-satiation effect has not been examined yet with respect to verbal operants maintained by social generalized reinforcement. However, such antecedent manipulations have become standard practice to enhance mand training for individuals with developmental delays. An understanding of the effects of deprivation and satiation of social interaction on other verbal operants may have similar applied implications. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of deprivation and satiation of social interaction on tacting. The experimenter conducted language training to create a functional class of spoken words
with a controlled history of nonverbal discriminative stimuli and social generalized reinforcement. Following training, a functional analysis demonstrated that the newly acquired words functioned as tacts. Next, pre-session periods of deprivation and satiation of social interaction were followed by a progressive ratio assessment where the number of tacts was measured. For two participants, deprivation resulted in increased tacting as compared to satiation. The third participant showed no differential responding. From an applied standpoint, these results suggest that antecedent interventions could be employed in tact training.

October 11th & 12th

Mirela Cengher presented at the NJ Autism Conference:

Joint Attention and Social Referencing
Authors: Jones, E.A., Cengher, M., Kryzak, L.,  and Fienup, D. M.
Presentation type: talk
Conference:
Autism New Jersey Conference

Affective impairments are some of the earliest signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These impairments affect the frequency and manner in which children with ASD initiate and respond to affective cues (e.g., facial cues, vocal displays of emotions, gestures). For example, when approaching a hot stove, a mother’s “NO!”, paired with a scared face, would suffice in preventing most typically developing children to get any closer and get burnt. However, most children with ASD fail to respond appropriately to such affective cues, thus potentially minimizing reinforcement and maximizing unexpected sources of punishment in the environment (as in the example above).

Joint attention and social referencing have a strong affective component. Joint attention involves the child and the adult sharing attention on an object/event. Join attention is most often paired with an expression of positive affect (e.g., smile, surprise). Children with ASD show less positive affect when engaging in joint attention interactions as compared to their typically developing peers. Social referencing represents a two link behavior chain, where the first link consists of looking towards the adult’s face upon encountering an ambiguous stimulus, and the second link consists of approaching the stimulus when presented with positive facial cue and avoiding the stimulus when presented with negative facial cue. Children with ASD show difficulties in looking at the adult upon encountering an ambiguous stimulus as well as in using the adult’s facial cues to guide their behavior.

Despite the importance of these skills and their affective aspect, they have only recently been addressed in the behavior analytic literature. Recent research conducted in our laboratory focused on two main areas: teaching affective cues coordinated with joint attention and teaching social referencing behavior children with ASD. In the first line of research, children with ASD were taught to respond with context appropriate facial cues (i.e., smile) to experimenter initiated joint attention bits. This study is currently being replicated and extended; children diagnosed with ASD are being taught to respond to joint attention bids by showing surprise, paired with gaze shift and eye contact. These studies expanded the existing literature by incorporative expression of affect in the respondent joint attention teaching protocols. The second line of research focused on teaching social referencing behavior to children diagnosed with ASD.

In summary, our results confirmed and extended the findings of previous research, in that children with ASD can be successfully taught to engage in social referencing and joint attention behavior behavior, and that learning to respond accordingly to affective cues can be accomplished using solely positive reinforcement, offering ethical and socially acceptable treatment packages for practitioners.

September 2012

We hope that the 2012-13 school year got off to a good start for all our clients and colleagues. After a lovely summer, we were all very excited to get back into the swing of things and see some familiar and some new faces in the schools. Some of our peer associations are kicking off the new school year with events that you may want to look into, so please read on:

 

Thursday October 10th 2012, 6:30-8:30pm - The Fit Learning Method- Training core academics skills to fluency

ABOUT FIT LEARNING
The Fit Learning Method isolates core reading, comprehension, math, writing, and thinking skills and trains them to fluency – rapid processing speed and a measure of true mastery or proficiency. Moving your child to fluency in these critical targets results in improved memory, heightened confidence, increased resistance to distractions and fatigue, and the ability to quickly and effortlessly learn new things. Such gains are essential for every kind of learner: gifted and talented, average, struggling, or learning disabled.

Presented by: Dr. Kimberly Berens, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Kim Berens holds doctoral degree in psychology with a specialization in learning science, has been developing the Fit Learning Method for over 10 years. This method is a unique combination of applied behavior analysis, precision teaching, direct instruction, curriculum-based measurement, and relational frame theory. Fit Learning is currently the only center in the world that combines all of these highly tested and researched methods into one comprehensive, instructional approach. The result is a profoundly transformative process that consistently produces 1 to 2 years growth in 8 weeks.
For more information please go to their website:
www.fitlearners.com

Location:
The ELIJA Foundation
100 Periwinkle Road
Levittonwn, NY 11756

Fee: $10 for Non Members, Free for all ELIJA members (members must phone in their registration and verify membership first)

Please visit Elija's website for additional information about this seminar including a full description, location, costs, etc.

May 2012

  • Message from the President, David Roll:

    I am excited to tell you that a behavior analyst licensing bill was introduced in the Assembly today. Assemblyman Morelle introduced A10064 as a companion Bill to S 7017. Senator Morelle was a sponsor and strong supporter for the Autism Insurance Reform Bill that was signed into law in November. He wants to make sure that the insurance law is implemented effectively and believes that licensing of behavior analysts is an important step in that direction.

    A very quick and easy thing you can do to show your support for these bills is to go to: http://www.change.org/petitions/new-york-state-senate-license-board-certified-behavior-analysts-bcbas-s7017-a10064 and sign the petition. There is also an easy opportunity to share the petition with Friends on Facebook. So, spread the word.

    Although this action will be very helpful, please remember to send letters to your Senator and Assemblyman.  The easiest way to do that is to Go to http://capwiz.com/nsasa/issues/alert/?alertid=61254526&queueid=[capwiz:queue_id] on your web browser, modify and personalize the letter (it is easy to edit), then send it to your Senator and Assemblyman.

    I appreciate your active support of this legislation.

  • Queens College Conference on Developmental Disabilities
    Dr Gina Green will be the keynote speaker; the topic will be "How should the pratice of ABA be regulated?"

    More information about the conference is available here: http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Psychology/2012_QCDD.pdf

    We will see you there...

April 2012

  • Long Island University Post to host host Greek psychologist on US Tour

    There are three opportunities to hear from a dynamic speaker, teacher, researcher, and clinician the week of April 23rd 2012 at CW Post. Dr. Angeliki Gena is a Queens College, PCDI trained psychologist and behavior analyst who is now a professor at the University of Athens.

    Please review the full description of her visit at: http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/About/News/Press-Releases/2012/April/LIU-Post-PR-Apr10-2012.aspx.