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Devereux SVP and Chief Medical & Clinical Officer, Dr. Marilyn Benoit, responds to New York Times Opinion, “Don’t Grade Schools on Grit.”

A response to Angela Duckworth’s opinion, published March 26, 2016:

As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I am delighted we are openly addressing the need for schools to support children’s social and emotional development. Schools promote resilience and facilitate character development, but are a secondary crucible for such development. Policy makers fail to address parents’ responsibilities (parents provide the primary crucible within which children are reared). This primary crucible is where templates for empathy, compassion, self-control, turn taking, frustration tolerance, self-soothing, and respect for authority are developed. The first year of life remains critical in developing secure attachments between parent(s) and child. Within the context of that secure attachment, babies develop early capacities that result in self-regulation. Parents serve as “external regulators” helping young children build the neuronal brain structures that later take over and self-regulate. Children should come to school with such readiness, with schools enhancing and facilitating further development. Policy makers should promote additional support to young parents, enhancing their success in this critical first stage of child development.

Marilyn Benoit, M.D.

Yolanda Graham   Article featuring Dr. Yolanda Graham: “Organizations across Pennsylvania, country take action for National Suicide Prevention Month”

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Read this Philadelphia Gay News article featuring Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Dr. Yolanda Graham about what organizations like Devereux are doing to combat suicide in the U.S.

Red Hook   Devereux New York awards inaugural scholarship to Red Hook High School senior

Devereux New York recently awarded its first-ever high school scholarship to a Red Hook High School senior who plans to major in psychology.

DSP Appreciation Week   Devereux celebrates direct support professionals during appreciation week in September

Devereux is honoring the 3,500 direct support professionals who selflessly serve those in their care, helping them lead more fulfilling, productive and socially connected lives.

Education division   Devereux announces major expansion of education division

Devereux is expanding its historic education division to enhance the provision of specialized education services across the nonprofit’s geographic footprint and beyond.

Manal Durgin, M.D.   Devereux Florida’s Dr. Manal Durgin named ‘Youth Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year’

Devereux Florida Medical Director and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Manal Durgin, M.D., was recently named the “2019 Youth Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year” by the Florida Behavioral Health Association.

Amy Kelly   Article featuring Amy Kelly: “Back-to-school tips for parents of children with special needs”

Read this Autism Spectrum News article featuring Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly as she shares tips to help you get your child ready for the new school year.

Sensory room   Devereux awarded $4,000 grant to create sensory room for youth with disabilities

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health was recently awarded a $4,000 grant to create a sensory room for youth at Devereux Pennsylvania’s Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services center.


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