Sharing the Hope

Part of PCDI’s mission is to share intervention programs, research, and experience with other professionals. The Institute’s 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 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 effective programming.

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
Eric Rozenblat, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Donna De Feo, M.A.
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
Bedminster, 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.

Istanbul, Turkey
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.

Partnering Professionals/Institutions

DerekAngeliki Gena gained intervention experience at PCDI while completing her doctorate at Queens College of the City University of New York. In 1995, she returned to Athens, Greece to establish a behavioral treatment program for children with autism. The school started with two children and now serves more than 10 children. 

PCDI has a special partnership with Dobro (“kindness”), a Moscow-based institute for children with autism. Dr. Klara Lebedinskaja (1925-1993), a leading Russian autism researcher, started Dobro in 1989 as the first community-based program in Russia. A model of effective intervention in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, Dobro continues under the direction of Dr. Sergey Morozov. Two Dobro professionals have completed yearlong residencies at PCDI. Recently, Dobro began to provide training and technical assistance to agencies in other parts of Russia. 

PCDI has a long-standing relationship with behavior analysts in Norway. The Institute’s former executive directors, Drs. Patricia J. Krantz and Lynn E. McClannahan, have lectured and consulted there since 1989. They gave keynote addresses at the annual conference of the Norwegian Association for Behavior Analysts in 1991 and in subsequent years, students from Akershus College in Oslo complete three-month internships at PCDI.

In 1992, PCDI’s executive directors spent a month at Deakin University in Melbourne, where they helped design research projects on staff training and on mainstreaming children with autism and other developmental disabilities. In addition, Regina Ledo, a specialist in early intervention from Perth, did a pre-doctoral residency at the Institute.


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