Leading National Behavioral Healthcare Provider

Call 1-800-345-1292

  • Recreational Therapy Month
  • Devereux News
  • Who we help
  • Careers at Devereux
  • Inspirational messages of Hope banner

Tweet Share on LinkedIn Send email Print

Devereux New Jersey’s virtual day program helps adults stay active, engaged during COVID-19

 

Devereux New Jersey recently launched a virtual day program to help adults learn valuable life, job and social skills, while staying active and engaged during the pandemic. The program includes academic and therapeutic activities, such as self-advocacy groups; social-skill building; and interactive games and science experiments.

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New Jersey recently launched a virtual day program to help adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences learn valuable life, job and social skills, while staying active and engaged during the pandemic.

Devereux New Jersey’s virtual day services, which are held via Zoom videoconferencing five days per week, mirror a typical in-person day program curriculum, and include academic and therapeutic activities, such as:

  • Self-advocacy groups
  • Job exploration
  • Voter education
  • Social skill-building
  • Interactive games and science experiments
  • Guided exercise and dance classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Music therapy

“Our team worked swiftly to develop this new service delivery model so we could continue to provide safe, structured and educationally enriching activities for the adults in our care to enjoy during COVID-19,” said Devereux New Jersey Executive Director Brian Hancock. “Once the New Jersey Division of Development Disabilities announced providers in the state could begin offering remote services to eligible individuals, our staff developed a curriculum and created lesson plans. The fact that we were able to get this program up and running in an extremely short period of time was a testament to our best-in-class workforce and their dedication to the individuals and families we serve.”

Embracing online learning

Nearly 80 adults participate in Devereux New Jersey’s virtual day services on any given weekday. Team members hold three classes per day with highly trained staff leading participants through each lesson plan.

These services are available to adults who reside with Devereux New Jersey, as well as those who live with others providers in the state or with their families.

"This program has reenergized our staff – they are excited to bring their own unique ideas and expertise to the curriculum,” noted Devereux New Jersey Vocational Director Yasmin Qazilbash. “The individuals we serve have the opportunity to interact with peers and staff members they have not seen in-person in months, which has done wonders for their social skill-building and overall mental and emotional health. Some adults who originally chose not to participate in virtual day services became interested once they heard their housemates having fun during class. The next thing you know, those individuals became fully engaged, learning remotely and loving the program, too!”

Learn more about Devereux New Jersey’s virtual day program, and learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.

 

Latest News

Recreational Therapy Month   Recreational Therapy Month: Enriching the lives of youth, adults with disabilities

February is Recreational Therapy Month. Learn how Devereux is using recreational activities and programs to help those living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences acquire new skills, boost their self-confidence and improve their quality of life.

Operation Santa   Community supporters make holiday season special for Devereux Pennsylvania youth

The holidays are over, but the memories remain of a special season filled with joy and gratitude for youth served by Devereux Pennsylvania. Through Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Services’ “Operation Santa” program, community supporters, as well as center staff and their families, donated hundreds of toys to help fulfill the holiday wish lists - and more - of approximately 300 children and adolescents living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Family smiling   Devereux article on engaging families in behavioral health treatment featured in Behavioral Health News

An article written by Devereux National Director of Behavioral Health Services Crystal Taylor-Dietz, Psy.D., and Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, was recently featured in Behavioral Health News. The article - “The integral role of families in promoting mental health and managing mental illness” - discusses the importance of family engagement in behavioral health treatment.

personal experiences   Adults share personal experiences on services through Devereux New Jersey’s Advisory Board

Adults who receive services through Devereux New Jersey - who also sit on the center’s Advisory Board for individuals served - have an opportunity to make their voices heard and share their personal experiences on the services they receive.

Autism Spectrum News   Autism Spectrum News features Devereux article on supporting individuals with disabilities in becoming self-advocates

An article written by Devereux team members on supporting teens and adults with disabilities in becoming self-advocates was recently featured in Autism Spectrum News. The article includes interviews with three individuals who are enrolled in Devereux Pennsylvania’s Community Adult Autism Partnership Program as they offer tips on how to ensure your voice is heard.

Nacole   Devereux New Jersey Direct Support Professional/Lead Staff Nacole Moore

Devereux New Jersey Direct Support Professional/Lead Staff Nacole Moore leads by example and is always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. Learn how she is inspiring all those around her.

Tammy Maguire   Celebrating Devereux’s Healthcare Heroes: Spotlight on Devereux Arizona Nursing Manager Tammy Maguire

At Devereux, our employees are at the heart of everything we do - and are key to our success. Learn how Devereux Arizona Nursing Manager Tammy Maguire is serving and inspiring others every day.

Autism Spectrum News   Devereux article on advocating for those who are nonspeaking or minimally verbal featured in Autism Spectrum News

Read this Autism Spectrum News article written by Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, as she offers suggestions on how to advocate for those who are nonspeaking or limited in their verbal communication.

seeds of learning   Planting seeds of learning: Devereux California’s greenhouse program helps adults grow job, life skills

Adults who participate in Devereux California’s greenhouse vocational program are gaining more than a green thumb, they are cultivating critical job and life skills to help them increase their independence and enhance their overall quality of life.


More Stories