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Primary Care

 

Not all primary care is the same. It is a well-established fact that individuals with developmental disabilities tend to receive inferior health care as compared to the general population. Often our patients cannot identify and report symptoms of illness. Our primary care staff focuses on comprehensive medical screenings to ensure early detection and proper treatment of any medical condition that may arise. They also work cooperatively with the patient and their circle of support to make all treatment decisions.

Primary care services are available five days a week for day and evening appointments. Services are provided in bothBethpageand Hauppauge locations.

Practitioners: Gerald Ente, M.D., Anna Rabinoich, N.P., Maria Sheena Sica, D.O.

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Neurology

 

For individuals with neurological conditions, finding a knowledgeable physician who takes the time to listen and properly manage ongoing treatment can be life altering. Our neurologists have extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of neurological conditions, as well as many years working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Neurology services are available twice a week for day and evening appointments. Services are provided inBethpage.

Practitioners: Eva Sahay, M.D.  

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Gynecology

 

The staff in our Women’s Health Services understands the sensitivity it takes to complete a thorough gynecological examination. Extra time with our patients is well spent considering the seriousness of conditions that may go undetected if proper care is not given at regular intervals. The staff also takes the time to provide education to our patients depending on their needs.   

Gynecology services are available twice a week for day and afternoon appointments. Services are provided in ourBethpagelocation.

Practitioners: Valerie Schulz, M.D., Stella Slade, N.P.

 

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Dentistry

 

Quality care and timely appointments are the hallmark of our dental services. Dental care is provided by dentists who welcome working with adults with developmental disabilities. Hygiene care is delivered by friendly staff who take the time necessary to put our patients at ease. Our dentists are affiliated with the North Shore/LIJ Health System which allows for an easy transition to hospital care if required.

Dental services are available three times a week for day and evening appointments. Services are provided in ourBethpagelocation.

Practitioners:  Bilu Mathew, DDS

 

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Podiatry

 

For individuals experiencing circulatory problems and conditions affecting the feet, a good podiatrist is an essential resource for overall wellbeing and health. In our office ourphysicians can perform a wide range of procedures to relieve pain and maintain good podiatric health.

Podiatry services are available twice a week for day and evening appointments. Services are provided in bothBethpageand Hauppauge locations.

Practitioners: Neil Blatt, D.P.M. 

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Dermatology

 

For individuals with dermalogical conditions, the right treatment can make a significant difference in a person's life. Our dermatologist will ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care and ensure treatments are coordinated with the primary care physician. Dermatology services are available once a month at our Bethpage location. Practicioner: Joel Lamm, MD 

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Rehabilitation

 

Identifying rehabilitation needs is often more difficult for individuals with developmental disabilities. It is common that individuals who could benefit from treatment never have the chance. Our rehabilitation staff is experienced in determining if services will be effective in improving the patient’s abilities in the areas of speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Rehabilitation is available five days a week for day and evening appointments. Services are provided in bothBethpage

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Mental Health

 

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Psychiatry

Common issues that make it difficult for individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve and maintain good mental and behavioral health include vulnerability to emotional stress and anxiety, cognitive impairment and communication difficulties. In fact, individuals with developmental disabilities experience a higher rate of psychiatric illness and behavioral difficulties than the general population. Our psychiatrists understand that behavior occurs in a context. They work with patients, their circle of support and all the professional and medical staff involved with each patient to determine the best course of treatment. Medication is used responsibly and monitored closely to ensure our patients are receiving the highest standard of care.

Psychiatry is available five days a week for day and evening appointments. Services are provided in bothBethpageand Hauppauge locations.

Practitioners: Richard J. Kessler, D.O., Ronald Schenendorf, M.D., Meredith Long, M.D., Jack Nass, M.D.

 

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Individual Counseling

 

For many people, having a therapist to relate to can be an important part of finding their inner strength. The trusting relationship established over time between our patients and their therapists often serves as the foundation to build better coping skills, improve self-esteem and a create a healthier outlook on life. Insight-oriented talk, as well as cognitive therapy is the basis for this service.

Psychotherapy services are available five days a week for day and evening appointments. Service are offered in bothBethpageand Hauppauge locations.

Practitioners:  Marian Kaskel, LCSW, Linda Buckles, LCSW, Andrea Pincus, LCSW, Laurie Kamerman, LCSW, Sarah Silverstein, LCSW, Elizabeth Cianchetti, LCSW

 

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Behavior Management

 

When an individual falls into a pattern of using negative behavior as a means to obtain what they want or need, it often results in frustration for both the individual and their circle of support. Behavior Management is focused on assisting the individual and their circle of support develop proactive strategies to avoid the need for using negative behavior to reach goals. This service utilizes a collaborative approach including the use of positive behavioral support plans, counseling for the patient, as well as providing direction for the patient’s circle of support.

Behavior Management services are available three days a week for afternoon and evening appointments. Services are offered in ourBethpagelocation.

Practitioner: Philip Sturman, PhD.

 

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Psychological Testing

 

Thorough testing, timely appointments, useful recommendations and well-written reports are the hallmarks of our psychological testing program. ACLD’sHealthServicesCenteroffers psychological testing in the following areas:

  • I.Q. Testing: Tests to determine the level of intellectual functioning. Useful to determine an appropriate diagnosis.
  • Neuropsychological Evaluation: This evaluation will test an individual’s cognitive process, learning style and behavior in light of how the brain is functioning. Useful to determine how a person’s brain may be affecting their behavior and what treatment techniques will be best suited to their learning style.
  • Adaptive Functioning: An evaluation to assess an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in the areas of self-care and independent living skills. Useful for treatment planning.
  • Psychological Update: An assessment of the individual and an interview with their circle of support helps to determine if the existing psychological testing is still valid. Useful to avoid unnecessary testing.
  • Dementia Screening: A battery of tests to determine if the patient is experiencing the process of true dementia or if another cause may be underling the changes being experienced. Useful to accurately determine what process is affecting the patient so appropriate treatments may be delivered. Treatment recommendations are part of the report generated by this exam.

Psychological testing is available four days a week for afternoon and evening appointments. Services offered in ourBethpagelocation.

Practitioners: Philip Sturman, PhD., John Heverin, PhD., 

 

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Psychosocials

 

A comprehensive, insightful psychosocial evaluation and report can be an important tool in helping an individual obtain a solid support plan, as well as assisting the individual’s psychiatrist and other medical providers in determining the best course of treatment.

Psychosocials are available three days a week for day and afternoon appointments. Services offered in ourBethpageand Hauppauge locations.

Practitioners: Sarah Silverstein, LCSW, Laurie Kamerman LCSW, Andrea Pincus LCSW.      

 

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Psychotherapy Support Groups

 

Individuals with developmental disabilities tend to become isolated from others because of their cognitive limitations and deficits in social skills. The experience of being in a psychotherapy group allows them to have the regular opportunity to discuss, listen to and observe others who have similar feelings, anxieties, difficulties and hopes. This experience fosters a sense of security, trust and a feeling of belonging, which strengthens and helps the therapeutic process. ACLD offers a variety of general and goal focused groups:

  • General Psychotherapy Group: A group to support individuals with general issues.
  • Partners For Healthy Living: A group which combines education, motivation and psychotherapy to assist individuals struggling with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The goal is to help the individuals understand those tendencies which contribute to overeating, lack of exercise and poor health. The group helps individuals gain control of their own lives.
  • Vocational Success Support Group: This group is designed to help individuals understand those emotional, behavioral, and social tendencies that make it difficult to obtain and maintain competitive employment. The process combines education, role play, motivation and psychotherapy, as well as peer feedback.
  •  Breaking Through: A support and psychotherapy group for individuals with developmental disabilities who struggle with the feeling of being “different” than those around them.

Psychotherapy groups are offered at specific times during the week in both ourBethpageand Hauppauge locations.

Practitioners:  Linda Buckles, LCSW, LCSW, Andrea Pincus, LCSW, Laurie Kamerman LCSW

 

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Desensitization Programs

 

Anxiety is one of the most challenging obstacles for individuals with developmental disabilities to overcome in order to receive appropriate medical care. The inability to cope with the stress produced by certain types of examinations often results in choosing between critical care being deferred or subjecting the patient to the risks of sedation and anesthesia in order to perform routine screening and treatment. ACLDHealthServicesCenterbelieves our patients should have another choice. We offer two desensitization programs for the most common services our patients struggle with: Dental and Gynecology

In both programs the process includes gradual exposure to the exam room and equipment, as well as the types of procedures that will be performed. Our therapist works with patients at their own pace and uses techniques to help the individuals identify their own level of anxiety and gain mastery of their fear.

Appointment availability varies. Services offered at ourBethpagelocation.

  • Dental Desensitization: Individuals work with a cognitive behavioral therapist to become comfortable with the experience of a dental examination.

Practitioner: Philip Sturman, PhD.

  • Gynecology Desensitization: Depending on the individual’s specific anxiety issues, they will work with either a cognitive behavioral therapist or the nurse practitioner who will eventually perform the examination.

Practitioners: Stella Slade, N.P.
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