Autism Spectrum Disorders
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health supports children and adults with autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders in the development of communication, social and independence skills needed to realize fulfilling, productive and socially connected lives. Our programs and services utilize evidenced-based strategies, including positive behavioral supports and applied behavior analysis.
We offer services throughout the lifespan including initial assessments, residential treatment, community based group homes, approved private schools, therapeutic foster care, wraparound services, respite, school and family consultation and training, transition services for young adults, and adult day programs.
Key principles of our autism programs:
Person-centered — services are individualized and flexible to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Collaborative — all programs work closely with each individual, family/caregiver, and related community members to maximize each individual's potential.
Community-focused — services and supports are delivered in school, community, home and employment settings.
Emphasize skill building — skill building that will lead directly to greater independence and success across settings.
Enhance self-determination — services and supports that promote each individual's ability to participate in processes and make decisions that impact their lives.
Emphasize quality of life — quality of life indicators are identified to assist in determining program success, such as satisfaction with school and employment, community integration, social connectedness, and personal autonomy.
Accountable and effective — objective data and social validity measures are used to evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based practices; data-based decision models are used to modify programs when needed.
Autism Services for Children and Adolescents
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health schools for children and adolescents are state-licensed, approved private schools, serving children with autism, Asperger Syndrome and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
What is an Approved Private School?
Approved Private Schools (APS) are state-licensed schools that are operated by private agencies and provide special education day and/or residential programs for students with disabilities.
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all children with disabilities are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The school district and the state will share in the cost to place a child in an Approved Private School if the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team determines that the educational needs of the child cannot be met in a general education environment. In addition, parents may choose to privately fund the tuition cost of an approved private school. While placements are typically within state, children may be placed in an out of state program if an in-state school is not available.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health offers the following approved private day and residential programs for children and adolescents in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Florida and Connecticut:
Devereux Pennsylvania's Center for Autism Research and Education Services (CARES)
Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, The Learning Center
Devereux Massachusetts West Meadow Program
Devereux New York
Devereux Florida Viera Campus
School Program Overview:
Educational focus is placed on communication, social and independence skills to enable each child to maximize his or her potential in the least restrictive environment. Skill development, reflecting the needs of each child, may include:
We offer instructional methods consistent with the science of applied behavior analysis and designed to reflect the needs of each child, including:
Our transition programs for adolescents and young adults focus on achieving independence in self-care routines; domestic, employment, community-based and recreational skills; human sexuality; mobility training; and self-determination skills. We use person-centered futures planning and community based instruction to support our students as they prepare for adulthood.
Families and caregivers play an integral role at Devereux. Collaboration is facilitated through frequent, informal communication among teachers and families as well as scheduled meetings such as the IEP, Futures Planning, Parent-Teacher Organization and Quality Improvement meetings.
We provide families with assessment services, using the ADOS-2, the gold standard of assessment, as well as guidance on appropriate services and interventions, if an autism diagnosis is confirmed.
The Devereux Neurobehavioral Unit (NBU) at CIDDS provides intensive, autism-specific treatment for children, ages 6 to 21, with severe behavioral challenges and skills deficits, which have not responded to treatment in traditional community based or residential settings.
Devereux NBU employs evidenced-based practices across a continuum of care. These practices include a foundation of positive behavior interventions and supports delivered in a treatment environment that is trauma sensitive and trauma informed. The continuum begins with a comprehensive, functional behavioral assessment in the family’s home, followed by intensive, clinical services for a period of three to six months on the Devereux CIDDS campus, and concludes with discharge and after care service planning in partnership with Devereux CARES consultants and BHRS (Wrap Around) services. The NBU team of professionals includes Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBAs), a clinical psychologist, child psychiatrist, special education teacher, nurses, speech language therapist, residential unit supervisor, and direct care providers, specially trained in Applied Behavior Analysis, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and Individualized Positive Behavior Support. Click here for more information or contact Kelly McCool at 610-431-8191 or Martin Berthold at 610-431-8126.
Devereux Pennsylvania Wrap Around Program
Devereux Poconos Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services
Devereux Massachusetts Consultants
Devereux CARES Consultants
Since 2004, CARES Consultants have partnered with school districts, intermediate units, and families across the region by providing workshop trainings, conferences, ongoing consultation, and program development. Workshops include:
CARES consultants have extensive experience training school districts with students that have traditionally been placed in approved private schools. We have a well developed model, which uses implementation effectiveness measures such as performance checklists and team supervision meetings to ensure a more consistent application of instructional techniques and long-term positive staff and student performance.
Devereux Millwood Consultation
Staff of Devereux Millwood provide a variety of consultation and other services to families and agencies with adolescents and adults with ASD. These include:
Devereux offers innovative, stand-alone transition programs that provide instruction and support across work, community and home environments for students ages 18 and older to assist them with the transition to adulthood.
Devereux ASCENT program
This program assists school districts in meeting the unique needs of transition-aged students who do not benefit from spending a full school day in the classroom. The transition model emphasizes independence, employment readiness, community-based instruction and positive behavior support planning. With the support of highly qualified Devereux specialists who work with the school’s IEP team, students develop appropriate and effective skills that will facilitate independence throughout their adult lives.
Devereux Pocono School to Work Transition
The School to Work Transition program serves older students, ages 18 to 21, who attend a local school district, and need additional skill development and training to gain competitive employment. Devereux, in partnership with the student’s school, develops a transition plan as part of the IEP process. These plans include skill development, and hands on training/prevocational experience.
New Preston, CT (860) 868-7377
Glen Ridge is a college and post secondary program directed toward young adults with learning disabilities and Asperger Syndrome. The Glen Ridge program focuses on developing the skills needed to succeed in college, work environments and social settings. The program encourages and coaches autonomy in a safe, challenging and supportive setting. Glen Ridge is located near a variety of community colleges, universities and businesses in beautiful Western Connecticut.
www.autismhandbook.org provides individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families with timely and comprehensive information on the transition to adulthood. Enabled by a wiki format, content is updated regularly and includes sections on transition planning, state and federally funded support services, health care, employment, community living, post-secondary education, family education, recreation, and financial planning. The site also includes a Facebook page and a twitter feed ( @autismwiki)
Autism Services for Adults
Devereux Millwood Adult Program
Devereux Millwood offers a variety of day services for adults with autism spectrum disorders, including a day habilitation program, enhanced supported employment, and supported employment through OPWDD and ACCES-VR.
The Devereux Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP)
CAAPP provides innovative services including community-based support and skill development in communications, social skills, self-care, work-readiness, vocational training, community-based employment experiences and instruction, service learning and volunteer activities.
Devereux offers group homes and campus based living for adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. We provide a comprehensive life enrichment program that promotes self-improvement, decision-making, task completion, community involvement, recreation and family collaboration. Our programs emphasize skill development in self-care, functional communication, social skills, anger management, problem-solving, independent living, self-esteem, recreation, and community safety using intensive, highly-structured positive behavioral support techniques that focus on developing and teaching age-appropriate behaviors.
Devereux California, Santa Barbara, CA 805-968-2525
Devereux Florida, Orlando, FL 800-338-3738
Devereux Massachusetts, Rutland, MA 508-886-4746
Devereux New Jersey, West Deptford, NJ 856-599-6411
Devereux New York, Red Hook, NJ 845-758-8936
Devereux Pennsylvania, Adult Services, Berwyn, PA 610-251-2017
Devereux Pocono Programs and Services, Newfoundland, PA 570-839-6147
Devereux Texas, Victoria, TX 361.574.7208
Devereux Pocono Life Sharing Program
Individuals live with "host" families who provide homes for people with disabilities. Life Sharing enriches the quality of life of individuals with autism and other disabilities as they become part of a family and the community and offers opportunities for people to have: