By Christine Bush ON JANUARY 13, 2016 Courtesy Theatre Development Fund With temperatures freezing outside, parents across the five boroughs are desperately seeking fun activities for the kids that take place inside. Finding just the right spot can be especially tough, though, when your child is on the autism spectrum, has sensory processing disorder, or countless other special needs. We decided to take some of the stress out of your search. From bounce houses and theatre, to sensory gyms and museums, here are ten family outings that are perfect for our city kids with special needs: Autism Theatre Initiative Introduce your […]
New York State Law Benefits Those Who Require ABA BY ALESSANDRA HERRERA A New York state law now requires insurances to cover up to 680 hours of applied behavior analysis for children with autism spectrum disorder. With the beginning of the school year, children with special needs may be getting assessments (and reassessments) of their needs. If it is suggested that your child with autism receive applied behavior analysis, here is something to keep in mind: A New York state insurance law, nicknamed the autism mandate, now requires insurance policies and contracts that provide coverage for those with autism spectrum […]
Ms. Kipp is a Speech Language Pathologist and Coordinator of Speech Services at Eden II.
Geoff DeBery is currently the Director of Eden II’s Diagnostic & Outreach Center on Staten Island. He began working for Eden II Programs in 2007. Mr. DeBery received his Master’s Degree in Psychology (Behavior Analysis Program) from Western Michigan University. He is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has presented research at a number of national and local conferences. He is also a member of multiple professional organizations that are devoted to the advancement of Applied Behavior Analysis. Question: What was your strongest motivation for working with individuals with autism? Answer: I would have to say my strongest motivation […]
Eden II’s Little Miracles Preschool is pleased to announce a wonderful summer camp opportunity for children on the autism spectrum. This fun and educational 6-week camp will be available to children ages 7-10 who are currently enrolled in ASD programs in a community school. The program will allow participants to engage in community outings and recreational activities. Certified staff will work with small groups to ensure a personalized experience. There are a variety of benefits to this summer camp, including:
With thousands of options available to parents and caretakers of individuals on the autism spectrum, it can be difficult to find the “perfect” app for your child’s specific needs. There are many factors to consider when purchasing apps: price, area of focus, customization options, etc. Here are the top options recommended by parents of Eden II participants and other sources.
During the winter months, colder weather often leads to children staying indoors for long periods of time. This can make it hard to keep kids occupied, and can result in parents and children on the spectrum to feel agitated and lose concentration. If playing outside in the cold isn’t for you, there are plenty of options for indoor fun! We asked parents for suggestions on their favorite things to do in winter, and here are the results:
Social interactions can be daunting to anyone. For those on the autism spectrum, simple everyday scenarios can be nearly impossible to get through. Individuals with autism are faced with unique challenges, and often need additional help learning to manage social cues that come more naturally to others. Social skills programming is an excellent way to address these challenges. Eden II’s Diagnostic & Outreach Center is pleased to announce that we will begin social skills groups in January 2015, and initial assessments are currently being conducted.
The Eden II Programs Diagnostic and Outreach Center was officially welcomed to the Value Options behavioral health network on October 28, 2014. This relationship allows Eden II Programs to provide ABA Therapy to eligible individuals with autism using in-network benefits through several local health plans including GHI, the Empire Plan, Emblem Health and some employer-funded plans. Value Options is the second major behavioral health network to welcome Eden II Programs. On July 22, 2014 United Behavioral Health became the first major behavioral health network to accept Eden II programs into its network. The United Behavioral Health agreement allows Eden II Programs […]
On Monday, September 22, 2014 Eden II Programs announced the schedule for the 2014 Annual Autism Conference. This year’s conference features 4 presentations on various topics related to autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) presented by leading experts in the field. The conference kicks off with a parent panel, and includes workshops on elopement, preference assessment and best practices in ABA. Conference attendees will receive continental breakfast, lunch and a certificate of attendance. Also included this year are free CEUs for Speech Pathologists (through ASHA) or Behavior Analysts (through the BACB). The registration fee is $100 per person and groups […]