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The goal of CIDDS’ residential programs is to teach each child how to change their behavioral expressions into socially acceptable forms of behavior. In this way they can be taught to reach the greatest level of personal happiness and success as possible.  For most, this will mean returning home to live with their parents.  For some, this will mean semi-independent living as an adult, with community employment and freedom of choice; for others, independence could be as limited as self-care and hygiene and highly-supported living and work environments.  No matter where the child falls on the continuum of future independence, therapies and behavioral interventions designed to address specific behaviors can bring about substantial growth.
Every effort is made to insure that all of CIDDS’ residential homes and cottages reflect a warm, homelike setting.  This approach not only provides a safe, dignified environment for the children but also provides opportunities for experiential learning, where the children can practice life skills needed as an adult, from cooking and cleaning to positive communication, conflict resolution, cooperation and compromise.

Programs of Note:

  • PALS (“Promoting Appropriate Leadership Skills”) Mentoring Program, funded by the Sodowick Health and Fitness Endowment, enables our teens to experience the joy and satisfaction of being a mentor to a younger child.  The program emphasizes the importance of commitment and responsibility, provides many and varied opportunities to practice communication and positive conflict resolution skills, encourages relationship-building and enables the mentor and mentee to set and achieve goals.  Perhaps most importantly, the mentor-mentee relationship brings great strides in pride and self-esteem.  The program is offered in select homes.

CIDDS Mentoring

  • Scouting is also offered in select homes to both young men and women.  Opportunities are available for the children to interact with troops in the community.

Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBD)

Community and Campus homes in West Chester and Downingtown

The DBD program is offered to male and female children, ages 10 through 21, with a degree of cognitive limitations ranging from borderline intellectual functioning to mild intellectual disabilities, with IQs ranging from 50 to 75.  This program specifically focuses on improving the emotional and behavioral condition of the child, as well as developing skills for communication, self-care, and socialization in a nurturing and positive environment.  This program operates on-campus as well as in the community.

Diagnoses may include:

  • Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders (ADHD, ODD, CD)
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder             

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

Community and Campus homes in West Chester and Downingtown

The I/DD program serves boys and girls, ages 8 through 21, with a degree of intellectual/developmental disability ranging from mild to severe, with IQ scores from 20 to 70.  The I/DD program teaches skill development in self care, communication and positive behavioral change enabling the youth to reach his/her fullest potential. 

Sexual Responsibility Program (SRP)

The Sexual Responsibility Program provides intensive treatment in a semi-secure setting to adolescent males with intellectual disabilities, ages 12 through 21, who have a history of sexually irresponsible behaviors. Generally, these boys have an IQ score between 50 and 75.  Staff-client ratios of 1:3 provide intensive supervision and treatment of the youth, with the goal of providing assessment and treatment specifically designed to assist adolescents with intellectual disabilities to learn to conduct themselves appropriately in various settings, learn to protect against victimization and to develop skills in adaptive behaviors that will promote healthy functioning.  The SRP program recognizes research on successful treatment of juvenile with sexual disorders which recommends a more holistic or whole system of body and mind approach to assessment.  This is extremely important because many of these individuals have histories of abandonment and rejections.

The goals of the Sexual Responsibility Program are to:

  • eliminate sexually irresponsible behavior
  • improve communication skills
  • develop feelings of empathy
  • grow sense of accountability to accept responsibility
  • demonstrate appropriate responses in varied situations

Treatment Family Program (TFP)

Foster Homes in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Lancaster and Philadelphia Counties

Philosophy of CareThe Treatment Family Program is a specialized foster family program, designed to service individuals from pre-school through age 21 diagnosed with intellectual/developmental or learning disabilities that often have behavioral challenges as well.  This program is based on the premise that “every child deserves a home”.  The aim of the program is to help individuals learn more adaptive ways to respond to their environment, reduce challenging behaviors, improve coping and communication skills and build self-confidence.  The goal is for each child to gain the necessary skills such that reunification with the biological family/guardian can occur.

Approved Private School for Children with Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities

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The goal of Devereux CIDDS’ Learning Center is to create learning opportunities for each student to develop skills that will enable him/her to live as a respected, healthy individual in the community.  The Learning Center offers a twelve-month educational program to both residential and day students.  This includes a seven week extended school year (ESY) program.  The program is ungraded with students grouped by the following criteria: age; functioning levels; and behavioral needs.
Types of special education supports include Autistic Support, Emotional Support, Life Skills Support and Multiple Disabilities Support.  Class sizes range from four to eight with student to staff ratios of 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1. 
A certified Special Education Teacher implements each student's IEP (Individualized Education Plan) with classroom assistance from a Direct Support Professional, Teacher Assistant and Personal Care Assistants if needed.  The Learning Center Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) develops the IEP with input from the student, parents, school district, and other funding agencies.  Progress is monitored through the use of assessments and ongoing data collection of skills and behaviors.
The educational experience includes a highly-specialized curriculum, designed with five components and presented with a developmental/functional sequential construct.


  • Social Skills/Language: The emphasis is the teaching of appropriate social skills through direct classroom instruction and naturally occurring opportunities. It uses a total communication program for teaching language to both verbal and nonverbal students.  The Picture Exchange System (PECS) is utilized as appropriate. The area of Social/Emotional growth and development also focuses on how to recognize social boundaries and avoid exploitation. 
  • Daily Living Skills: This includes activities of daily living through routines and task analyses.
  • Employment Training: This includes routines for attaining, maintaining, changing or terminating employment.  It includes a continuum of services both on and off campus, including a partnership with Wawa to provide hands-on work experience in local stores.
  • Functional Academics: The academics are taught within five areas, which are Reading, Mathematics, Writing, Social Studies and Science.
  • Leisure/Recreation: This includes routines for appropriate skill building during less structured activities.

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The five areas are inter-related through the Daily Living and Employment Routines so as to create purposeful teaching opportunities both on campus and in the community.

Programs of Note:

  • CIDDS Nurture Center, a companionable zoo program where students care for animals and learn functional, employment and social skills while building self-esteem and compassion.
  • Approved Private School - Devereux PAService Learning, which uses active participation in service experiences that meet community needs while developing empathy, leadership skills and social responsibility.  Students of all ages and skill levels are involved in service learning in a variety of settings.  These experiences enhance what is taught in the school by extending learning beyond the classroom and fostering the development of a sense of caring for others.  Activities may include, but are not limited to senior companions, tutoring fellow students, hunger awareness, school improvement projects, fund raising projects, health programs, park restoration and homeless shelter assistance. 

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