April is Autism Awareness Month
According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), about one in 68 children in the United States has been identified with autism
spectrum disorder (ASD).
is Autism Awareness Month. As more children are being diagnosed with ASD than
ever before, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health stands at the forefront to
support individuals diagnosed with ASD – and their
families – in the development of communication, social and independence skills
needed to realize fulfilling, productive and socially connected lives.
“The supports and services Devereux provides
for individuals with autism have become much more effective, and these supports
are occurring more frequently in natural environments, such as schools,
community settings and employment sites,” explained Devereux Advanced Behavioral
Health’s Executive Director of Autism Services Dr. Todd Harris.
“Autism Awareness Month is an important avenue
for community education. As
the number of individuals with autism we interact with on a daily basis
increases, it is critical that our communities continue to learn more about
autism – and the amazing potential individuals with autism possess.”
is autism spectrum disorder?
CDC states that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental
disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral
challenges. ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (one in 42) than
among girls (one in 189). In addition, ASD now encompasses several conditions
that, in the past, had been diagnosed separately, including: autistic disorder,
pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified and Asperger syndrome.
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lifespan autism services
more than 60 years, Devereux has been a leading provider of autism services for children and
adults – and their families. Since this time, Devereux has made clinical advancements and incorporated
the needs of families and behavioral healthcare professionals to develop a
comprehensive continuum of care for individuals with ASD – at all stages of
Our programs follow evidence-based strategies –
such as positive behavioral supports and applied behavior analysis – and
include the following areas of care:
Transition-age young adults:
offers innovative, stand-alone transition
(e.g., school-age and post-secondary 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 Advanced Behavioral Health’s autism
programs and services emphasize enhancing each individual’s and each family’s
quality of life through the provision of effective, individualized and
community-based services,” added Harris. “Our mission is to support individuals
so they can unlock their full potential to live happy and productive lives
within their own communities.”
to learn more about Devereux’s autism programs and services.
Adoption brings the gift of family to four siblings in foster care
Donna and Sharicka McHenry were satisfied with their lives in Phoenix, Ariz., but something was missing. “We always wanted children,” said Donna. “We wanted one of our own, but we also knew we would go through the foster care process because there are nearly 18,000 children living in the child welfare system in Arizona.” The couple are now parents to four siblings who previously were in foster care.
Devereux Announces 2018 Retirement of President and CEO,
Robert Q. Kreider
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, recently announced that Robert Q. Kreider, President and CEO, will retire in January 2018, following more than 20 years of extraordinary service.
Nearly 300 attend N.Y. screening of Oscar-nominated movie Life, Animated
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s special screening of the movie Life, Animated was presented to a near sell-out crowd on February 13 in Pelham, N.Y. The event, held in partnership with The Picture House, was followed by a Q&A session with Ron and Cornelia Suskind, the parents featured in the film.
How Art and a Zoo Help Students with Differences Learn Positive and Healing Behaviors
When working to improve educational outcomes for students with learning differences, it is essential to focus on cultivating behaviors that will equip each student to reach his or her true potential. At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Leo Kanner Learning Center, creative forms of learning are taking center stage when it comes to building confidence, generating positive behaviors and putting children with differences on a level playing field.
New Social Enterprise Aperture Education Focuses on Students’ Social and Emotional Competence
Assessment company Apperson, Inc., and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children a prevention-focused service of the nonprofit organization Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health today announced the launch of a new company, Aperture Education, that provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help schools and out-of-school-time organizations address the whole child.
Devereux leaders featured in FFTA newsletter; share insight into launching a rebrand
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health leaders Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Clark were featured in a recent issue of the Family Focused Treatment Association’s newsletter - FOCUS. The topic: launching an organizational rebrand.
||Dr. Barry McCurdy elected to APBS Board of Directors
Devereux Center for Effective Schools Director Dr. Barry McCurdy was recently appointed to the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) Board of Directors. Dr. McCurdy was elected by his peers to serve a three-year term (2017-2020).