Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health supports children and adults with autism spectrum disorder in the development of communication, social and independence skills needed to realize fulfilling, productive and socially connected lives. Our programs and services utilize evidence-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:
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 spectrum disorders and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
What is an Approved Private School?
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 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 offers the following approved private day and residential programs for children and adolescents in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania :
School Program Overview:
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.
Our Short-term Autism Intensive Residential Services Neurobehavioral Unit (STAIRS-NBU) provides intensive, autism-specific treatment for children, ages six to 21, with severe behavioral challenges and skills deficits who have not responded to treatment in traditional community-based or residential settings.
STAIRS-NBU employs evidence-based practices across a continuum of care. These practices include a foundation of Positive Behavioral 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 our Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services (CIDDS) center campus. The continuum of care concludes with discharge and after care service planning in partnership with Devereux CARES consultants and BHRS (Wrap Around) services. The STAIRS-NBU team of professionals includes Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBA), 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 Poconos Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services
Devereux Massachusetts 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 who 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.
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.
Devereux Glen Ridge, College and Employment Coaching Program
Glen Ridge is a college and post-secondary program directed toward young adults with learning disabilities and Asperger's 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.
Autism Transition Handbook Wiki
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.
Through Lifesharing, individuals live with "host" families who provide homes for individuals with disabilities. Lifesharing 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:
Devereux Pocono Life Sharing Program: Newfoundland, PA (570) 839-6147