April is National Autism Awareness Month
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that autism spectrum
disorder continues to be the fastest-growing developmental disability in the
country, and the numbers are staggering. Approximately one in every 68 children
in the United States are diagnosed with autism.
numbers like these, it is likely everyone knows someone impacted by autism.
National Autism Awareness Month in April, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health stands
at the forefront to support, and strongly advocate for, individuals and
families living with autism, putting them on a path of greater independence and
involvement within their communities.
the number of individuals with autism we interact with on a daily basis
increases, we all need to lend our compassion and support to help these
their full potential not only to enrich their own lives, but ours, as well,”
said Devereux’s Executive Director of Autism Services Dr. Todd Harris. “Raising awareness in April is a great start,
and extending that interaction and support all year round is even more
disorder at a glance
CDC states that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability
that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.
CDC statistics reveal the staggering reach of autism:
- About 1 percent of the world population
has autism spectrum disorder.
- ASD is reported to occur in all racial,
ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
- ASD is about 4.5 times more common among
boys (one in 42) than among girls (one in 189).
- About one in six children in the U.S.
had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities
such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities,
such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.
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Devereux services cover
more than 60 years, Devereux has been a leading provider of autism services for children,
adolescents and adults. Over time, the nonprofit organization 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 life. Services follow evidence-based strategies,
such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Applied Behavior Analysis.
Children and adolescents
Transition-age young adults
- Stand-alone transition
providing instruction and support across work, community and home environments
for students ages 18 and older to assist them with the transition to adulthood.
“At every point on the autism spectrum,
individuals and families living with autism need innovative programs and services
to help them enhance quality of life and achieve productive, positive and
socially connected lives,” noted Harris. “At Devereux, we partner closely with
parents, schools and communities to help make this a reality.”
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Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s autism programs and services.
Dr. Michelle Wonders appointed to Pennsylvania Psychological Association board of directors
Devereux Pocono Clinical Director Michelle Wonders, Psy.D., was appointed recently as Internal Affairs board chair for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA). Wonders was selected to serve a one-year term.
Devereux video: Listening to Our Families
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has released a new video, in which Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Dr. Yolanda Graham interviews parent Andrea McArthur about her experience with our organization.
Devereux MA/RI 2018 Gala and Auction a huge success
The Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Massachusetts and Rhode Island center’s annual “Gala & Auction,” held this spring in Worcester, Massachusetts, set a record for the organization’s premier fundraising event. Featuring live entertainment, fantastic food, dancing and a live auction for the 10th anniversary of this event, the Gala generated more than $270,000, which represents a 20 percent increase in sponsorships and a 30 percent increase in live auction results.
Dr. Yolanda Graham featured in Georgia Voice article: “LGBTQ researcher named GA Psychiatrist of the Year”
“Did you know Georgia recently named a psychiatrist of the year? Did you know she’s a highly skilled advocate for our LGBTQ community? You do now, so let’s meet the incomparable Dr. Yolanda Graham.” Read this Georgia Voice article featuring Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Chief Medical Officer Dr. Yolanda Graham.
Tips for a Successful Family Outing with Your Child with Autism or Developmental Disabilities
Coordinating family activities can be a challenging task for any parent. But when one or more of your children have autism or a developmental disability, a simple walk to the park can become overwhelming, or could even prevent families from enjoying much-needed quality time together.
Delaware certifies Devereux’s Alternative Education/Teacher Certification program
Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting recently approved Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s “Alternative Certification in Autism and Severe Disabilities Alternative Routes to Certification Program,” which means Devereux is now just one of three approved providers for the additional certification (that specializes in autism/severe disabilities) for teacher candidates in the state.