Sharing the Hope
Part of PCDI’s mission is to share model intervention programs, research, and experience with other professionals. The Institute’s technology dissemination program was developed in response to a severe shortage of effective intervention. The science-based intervention that is in high demand can be successfully disseminated, but only with extensive training and mentoring. Thus, PCDI began to offer technical support to foster the development of new programs and to cultivate personnel resources. Professionals from the United States and many other countries have completed traineeships and residencies at PCDI. Because of the critical need for additional science-based programs for people with autism, PCDI also offers training, consultation, and evaluation services that assist others in establishing new services.
Programs Based on the PCDI Model:
New York Child Learning Institute College Point, New York Susan M. Vener, Ph.D., Director
The New York Child Learning Institute, a program of AABR, Inc., is a state certified, nonpublic preschool and school program for children ages 2.7 to 11 years. The Institute implements a science-based educational approach and is committed to providing the highest standard of education for students.
Institute for Educational Achievement (IEA) New Milford, New Jersey Dawn M. Buffington Townsend, Ph.D., Executive Director
Founded in 1995, IEA is a private, nonprofit educational program dedicated to providing effective intervention to children with autism that will make a difference in their lives and the lives of their families. The primary goals of the services provided by IEA are to enable persons with autism to avoid institutionalization and to live in family environments; to prepare them for enrollment in public school classrooms or for productive work; and to help them acquire skills that facilitate full participation in community life.
Somerset Hills Learning Institute Bedminister, New Jersey Kevin J. Brothers, Ph.D., Executive Director
Somerset Hills Learning Institute provides individualized education and treatment to its students, children with autism. The Institute began serving students in 1999 and operates on the premise that all children are capable of learning. Institute personnel view it as their responsibility to create environments where interactions with people and materials are effective at teaching relevant skills. Somerset Hills Learning Institute exists to create just those kinds of environments.
Institute for Child Development (IWRD) Gdansk, Poland Ania Budzinska, Ph.D., Executive Director
IWRD is a nonprofit organization that offers science-based intervention to children with autism and comprehensive assistance to their families. In addition to a research and development program, IWRD also offers diagnostic and consultation services, as well as training and supervision for professionals from many other cities in Poland.
Binyamin Birkan, Ph.D., Executive Director
TOHUM is an applied behavior analysis intervention program for children with autism. Founders Mine Narin and Aylin Sezgin visited PCDI in 2003 and established a collaborative effort to establish a science-based school program in Instanbul. TOHUM uses curriculum developed at PCDI and Dr. Birkan is proud to report treatment outcomes similar to those achieved at PCDI.