As the Director of Psychological Services on Long Island, I oversee many programs. I am fortunate to work with amazing Behavior Analysts and Behavior Specialists at the Genesis School, the Day Habilitation Program, the Residential Program, and the Behavior Clinic. I work closely with Erin Archibald, Hester Bekisz, Lauren Colon, James Corrigan, Jaimie Blaszcyk, Jackie Libretti, Irene Stefas, Jillian Braccolino, and Kathleen Rotan. Everyone I mentioned is just exceptional, professional, and highly skilled in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA.) Besides overseeing the behavior interventions at Genesis, I also work closely with our resident social worker, Patricia Thompson. Patricia has been an amazing addition to our programs and we work together to provide counseling and testing to many participants each year.
Since the COVID-19 quarantine and remote services began, the team I work with has been incredible, flexible, and amazingly creative to ensure services get delivered to our students, participants, and their families. They continue to go above and beyond to ensure that our Genesis families are receiving the supports they need, and the students and participants are having their behavioral needs addressed.
We continue to have our monthly BMC (Behavior Management Committee) and HRC (Human Rights Committee) meetings via video Google meet. We have added a bi-weekly Clinical meeting to discuss any cases of concern and share ideas and support as a team.
There are weekly phone calls to check up on the behavioral status of individuals in each setting, especially our residential settings where individuals have been quarantined.
Patricia and I have conducted webinars on stress management for parents and Direct Care Workers for some extra support to those working hands on with our students and participants on a daily basis. Our next webinar will focus on self-care for parents during COVID-19.
Patricia and I have also been able to continue our mandated counseling sessions remotely with a video platform in Google. It has its challenges, but we are making it work and seeing the students respond well is wonderful. Students have questions about the pandemic, they are confused and scared. Some are having a hard time understanding all the new rules and changes going on. The video counseling gives us an opportunity to discuss and educate our students.
We developed an informational share section in Google Drive for our teachers and behaviorists to access, addressing issues such as the pandemic, anxiety, coping strategies, relaxation, and anger management.
We continue to share information through various Eden ll webinars and gather information as well. A number of us were able to do a workshop at ABAI (virtually) and attend many informative talks during the Memorial Day weekend.
Although my team is at different locations, we continue to collaborate and work together to ensure the individuals we serve are supported emotionally during these difficult times.
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Thank you to everyone who attended last week's Pampered Chef demo!
There is still time to place an order through our virtual party link.
Eden II will receive a portion of all proceeds from orders made through Sunday, June 28th. Please share with family and friends!
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Nominated to take part in the #HSITAGgivesback challenge, Eden II parent Valerie Tucci recently gave back to our group homes with a delicious catered dinner from Towne Deli. We are so thankful to Val, and Towne Deli's owner, Rosemarie Catania, for providing this wonderful meal!
Our Sherwood Residence Manager, Lana Rudshteyn, shared, "It was very fresh, still warm and delivered on time! The staff were very appreciative. They said it was the best and most generous meal!"
Eagle Scout Dedicates Service Project to Helping
Genesis Group Homes
Thank you to Sean Urban, who generously donated recreational games and funds towards activities for our Genesis group homes! Read below to hear about Sean's background on the project from Eden II board member and Genesis parent, Michael Giangregorio:
I couldn’t be more proud of Sean Urban. When he was considering a service project to fulfill his requirement towards his advancement to Eagle Scout, Sean reached out to me. He knew of my position at the Genesis School and wanted to do something that would benefit individuals with autism. Sean, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, wanted to give back and provide something meaningful to other people on the autism spectrum. I reached out to Erin Archibald, Director of Long Island Administration and Outreach, and she said she had always wanted carnival games to use at the Genesis Family Fun Day, as well as to provide some entertainment to the students on rainy days.
Sean thought this was the perfect project for him and it couldn’t have come at a better time for us. The games were sent to our residents to provide some additional entertainment during this time of quarantine. Sean is a remarkable young man, as is his family. Sean will be attending Iona College in the fall and I have no doubts of his future successes. Becoming an Eagle Scout is just the beginning. A huge thank you Sean and the entire Urban Family; his parents, Sean, Kristen and sister Molly.
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Dominick working on a solar system puzzle donated to his group home from our Amazon wishlist!
Matthew enjoying some time in the pool!
Thank you Fran Iliceto for showing support for our frontline workers with an Eden II lawn sign!
Alec is all smiles after brunch!
Donate Supplies or Funds Today!
Our residential staff are working around the clock to take care of our participants, and are doing an amazing job! We currently have supplies for all of our locations that need them, but with a surge in demand, we are being proactive and looking to increase our current supply. If you or someone you know have any of the following items available to donate, please contact email@example.com to arrange a dropoff.
Powder free exam gloves
Medical isolation gowns
Chemical splash goggles
Hand sanitizer wipes
Surface sanitizer wipes
N95 face masks
Thank you to those who have generously donated PPE for our staff:
Amy Hume Bellisano on behalf of The Woodbridge Center
Brooklyn Home Foundation
Sabrina Rose Dallas
Dr. Ryan Galligan
Audrey Hassuer & other
Dr. Jane Howard
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis
Shelley Chi Mawhinney, Metuchen
Making Waves Foundation
Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society of America
Rab's Country Lanes
Rescuing Families, Inc.
Staten Island Elected Officials
Staten Island Glove & Safety
Oscar Valera, Metuchen
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