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Expanding Umbrella to Cover Autism Services, Hamaspik Launches ABA Services

November 10, 2016

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program to Benefit Children on Autism Spectrum

In the communities it services, Hamaspik—and the very word “Hamaspik”—has long been synonymous with “special needs” or “disability” services, care and authoritative information.

And taking that positive association to yet another level this October was Hamaspik of Rockland County’s launching of yet another vital community support service: applied behavior analysis.

The school of thought, currently the newest trend in treatment, is said to ameliorate adverse behaviors in children on the higher end of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by repeating and reinforcing positive and otherwise desirable behaviors.

And now, community members can also think “Hamaspik” when someone mentions autism—because Hamaspik of Rockland County’s ABA program has arrived.

Under the leadership of Mrs. Reiny Steif, Hamaspik of Rockland County’s new Director of ABA Services, the non-profit agency—which has been working with people with special needs since 1986—has now opened a new front in disability services and supports.

Mrs. Steif explains that it is precisely Hamaspik’s decades of exposure to, and experience with, children on the autism spectrum (not to mention with all sort of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) that poises it to best serve this niche need.

In particular, notes the veteran Hamaspik staffer—for many years an agency Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC)—that besides the autism community at large, a good number of existing Hamaspik program beneficiaries with autism would greatly benefit from ABA services, too.

Currently, Mrs. Steif is working with insurance companies and inquirers to ensure the maximum amount of autism services coverage for the maximum number of community members whose children are on the autism spectrum—bringing the Hamaspik touch of excellence to autism services, too.

Agency psychologist Alan Blau, Ph.D. is now also serving as the new program’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), the backbone of any ABA-providing agency, and Mrs. Steif is also working on recruiting a good number of “paras,” or trainers who will be doing the actual one-on-one work with future young patients.

So, with all the ABA programs popping up out there, how is Hamaspik’s different?

Says Mrs. Steif: “Whatever Hamaspik does, it does to its fullest.”

And with Hamaspik’s track record of uncompromising performance, families affected by autism are sure to not be let down.

To apply for Hamaspik ABA services or for more information, please call Mrs. Steif, Hamaspik of Rockland County Director of ABA Services, at 845-503-0239.