Accelerated Childhood Education, Inc.

New York City Department of Early Intervention approved Not-For-Profit Early Intervention Home-based Agency serving young children with Developmental and Language Delays and their Families in Queens, Staten Island and Nassau County

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Director’s Notes

To all our ACE families,

Accelerated Childhood Education wants to welcome your family into our family of dedicated service providers and support staff.  At ACE, we strongly uphold a philosophy that is committed to maintaining a focus on empowering families with educational tools that will accelerate their child’s developmental and educational progress.

Accelerated Childhood Education was created with the purpose of guiding families through a successful developmental path with their children. We are aware of the challenges that families of special children may endure, and with that in mind our providers are trained to equip parents/caregivers with the necessary resources that will assist them throughout their early intervention journey.

ACE believes that the family is one of the most important factors in a child’s education.  Therefore, our professional teams will effectively integrate your priorities, values and cultural needs as a family into your child’s program.  This approach creates a long-lasting and positive impact on your child’s development and will help your child to achieve their individual goals.  Our professional teams in the Early Intervention field will also coach your family in building an enriching environment that is most conducive to your child’s learning.  They will help parents define behavior concerns, if any, and train parents/caregivers in the use of best-practice behavior techniques to address socially-significant behaviors that may have an impact in their child’s life.

Our highly qualified teams are determined!  We desire for each family to thoroughly understand the individual needs of their special child.  By using empirically-proven strategies that assist parents and caregivers to target fundamental issues concerning their child’s development, we can do this together. We are ready to come along side you and your family with the anticipation of sharing our expertise with you to help your children achieve their greatest potential.

Rosario Perez, MSEd, BCBA
Assistant Director

All-Day ABA Training at ACE:  December 4, 2016

ACE hosted a full-day, 8-hour ABA Training on December 4th.  The basics of ABA and beyond were presented by two of our in-house ABA specialists.  Those in attendance came away with an in-depth understanding of ABA, as well as skills to put into practice in the field.  ACE looks forward to offering many more training opportunities such as this.

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ACE Annual Rules & Regulations Meeting: Nov. 3, 2016

The ACE Rules & Regulations Meeting on November 3, 2016, was held at Diwan Restaurant in Port Washington.  The room was filled to capacity, and ACE teachers/therapists and staff had the opportunity to catch up and review City and State policy and procedures in the field, as well as discuss ACE internal best practices. A successful evening was enjoyed by all.

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A Note to our Parents and Families:

We want all of our families to have an enjoyable, fun summer – filled with great learning opportunities for the children.

We also realize summer can be hard on families with children on the spectrum when there’s a lot of downtime and older children are at home and also require attention. Our advice is to structure their day!

If you live in the Tri State area, there are so many wonderful places and things to do that can incorporate teaching into the fun. The City has theaters just for children where the actors introduce themselves after the show, and tickets are reasonably priced.  The parks are great fun and help to improve fine and gross motor skills.  If there’s a kiddie pool nearby, there are many learning opportunities here, as well.

The beach is great fun; while playing in the sand with a pail and shovel we can teach “in, under, above, etc.”

The children’s museums both in the City and Nassau County are wonderful for both educational purposes and fun. Check with your local library for events during the summer or to just read a book or treat your child to story time!

Even food shopping can be a good learning experience by incorporating language and teaching into the trip. You can work on colors, counting, one-step directions such as, “give me apple.”  While driving in the car to the mall or visiting, singing helps with language which also becomes a nice way to keep little people busy and having fun.

Experiencing the world is important for ensuring both receptive and expressive language while forming happy memories!

Take them out and enjoy the time together!

Have a great summer from all the ACE staff ~

Sincerely,

Sue Lerner
Accelerated Childhood Education

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Below is a list of common behavior problems, which a child may exhibit at formal events, followed by suggestions on how to prevent them!

Formal events can be tricky for all children to successfully maneuver. Holiday events, weddings, bar mitzvahs, graduations and other gatherings can be especially stressful for kids with psychiatric, learning and attention issues. By anticipating what might cause behavior problems at formal events, you can make it easier for your child to attend and have a great time.

Behavior Trigger #1: Restrictive Clothing for kids who are extra-sensitive to clothing textures- or those who are simply miserable wearing things like collars, button-down shirts and pants with elastic waists – dressy attire can be irritating to the point of causing a meltdown.

What to Do: Err on the side of making the child comfortable, not picture-perfect. Let him wear comfortable layers, and give him permission to remover them after a certain time. For instance, maybe he wears the suit jacket for family photos only. If this bothers relatives, you can assure them that everyone is having a better time because of his more relaxed look.

Behavior Trigger #2: Too much sitting quietly at ceremonies can feel impossibly long when you’re expected to be silent and still!

What to Do: Find out how long the service might be. You might consider having your child skip an 80-minute ceremony and instead attend the reception. If you do want him to attend, consider the following tips, first.

  • Prepare him for the amount of sitting he’ll have to do.
  • If reading is a problem, tell him he doesn’t have to follow along with passages.
  • Consider bringing small toys he can play with quietly.
  • Sit near an exit so he can make a quit departure if he truly needs a break.

Behavior Trigger #3: All the contact hugs, handshakes, pats on the back, dancing closely to one another at formal events are rife with personal contact. If touching is problematic for you child, he may feel like recoiling at every turn.

What to Do: Role-play interactions with family and friends before the event so he knows how greetings might look and feel. If your child can’t handle casual touches, encourage him to smile, wave and make and maintain eye contact during hellos and conversations.

Behavior Trigger #4: Unclear rituals: kids may feel anxious and become boisterous if they’re just told to quietly and go along with what’s happening (for example, standing and sitting during a church or synagogue service) without understanding the sequence of events.

What to Do: Days before the event, talk to your child about what he’ll experience, the location, timeframe, who’ll be there, what will be expected of him and how the event will unfold. The morning of the event during the drive over run through it again. During breaks (after the ceremony and before the reception, for example), remind you child what comes next.

Behavior Trigger #5: Overstimulation! A noisy room full of dancing people and flashing lights can be way too much for children who are sensitive to sights and sounds.

What to Do: Establish a quiet place where your child can retreat to read, color or do another solo activity if he needs some peace. That might be a neighboring room in the same building, your hotel room upstairs, or even the car. Also, be reasonable about how long to stay at an event. For instance, leaving early and missing the toasts may be better than staying and having your child be miserable or embarrass himself.

Behavior Trigger #6: Making small-talk it can be daunting for kids to engage in dinner conversation with the people sitting at their assigned table. Depending on your child, he may clam up or nervously monopolize the conversations.

What to Do: In the days leading up to the event, reinforce conversation basics and practice coverversation starters. Encourage your child to practice with you, siblings and friends. If you’re not sitting next to your child at dinner, remind him he can find you if he’s feeling overwhelmed by the conversations.

Behavior Trigger #7: Unfamiliar foods and meals are a major part of most formal events. For kids with picky palates, sensory issues or allergies, unfamiliar food can be cause for distress.

What to Do: Pack and bring what you know your child can eat. Encourage him to try what looks interesting, but don’t force the issue. Someone else’s big day isn’t the ideal time to insist your child try something new.

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On the morning of April 19, 2013, Sue Lerner, Dr. Gary Hitzig, and Dawn Falbee had the honor of presenting “The Real Outcomes of Early Intervention” to distinguished NYC officials of the Bureau of Early Intervention at the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene in Long Island City, Queens.   The presentation was well received and followed by an enthusiastic Question and Answer session.

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Sue Lerner speaking at Adelphi University – March 2012

 

Autism Speaks Walk at Jones Beach, October 4th, 2009

ACE Annual Rules & Regulations Meeting

The Accelerated Childhood Education Annual Rules & Regulations Meeting was held at The Village Club of Sands Point on October 28th. ACE Independent Contractors filled the room ready to participate in discussions about City and State initiatives. We discussed ACE’s own internal procedures, as well. The meeting was a resounding success!