DDI, in conjunction with Long Island University’s Psychology Department, provides short-term behavioral consultation to families who have children or adults with developmental disabilities who reside at home and who exhibit serious challenging behaviors. These may be individuals whose residential status at home may be at risk, or whose challenging behaviors are causing family stress, compromising family quality of life, or inhibiting successful community inclusion.

Psychology Fellows use methods based on Positive Behavior Support to assist families with implementing strategies designed to both reduce challenging behaviors and positively impact the family’s quality of life. Other services may also be provided, such as person-centered planning, and staff training at alternate environments (e.g., day settings). Consultation is provided to the families in their homes and/or community settings, as determined to be most clinically appropriate, and/or preferred by the families.

Goals of the program include assisting families in decreasing the frequency and intensity of severe problem behaviors, decreasing the level of parent stress, increasing community inclusion and integration, and increasing family quality of life. Since families are served based on their individual needs, other needs specific to each individual family are noted and considered.

Administrative oversight is provided by DDI’s Adult Services personnel. Clinical Supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist employed by Long Island University.

For further information, or to make a referral, please contact:
Carlene Fallica at (631) 360-4600 EXT 4634