Devereux Launches Twitter Handle to Promote Social and Emotional Health
VILLANOVA, Pa., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Divorce. Parental mental illness. Media violence. Natural disasters. Home foreclosures. Poverty. These are just some of the risk factors that may jeopardize the social and emotional well-being of infants, young children and adolescents and their ability to learn, trust, and grow in positive ways. In an effort to help families and teachers nurture resilience in all children, Devereux, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of behavioral health services, has launched a twitter handle called @BuildURBounce.
The twitter handle will highlight resilience-promoting strategies and techniques that have been used in early care and education settings and in school-age classrooms across the country. The tweets will assist families and teachers in helping children “build their bounce” to cope successfully with risk and adversity and recover from life’s setbacks. It will spotlight resources and provide a forum in which to share research and ideas to promote a resilient new generation.
The launch of the twitter handle coincides with Devereux’s publication of its new resource, Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure, developed by experienced early childhood educators, Nefertiti Bruce and Karen Cairone of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC). Upcoming tweets from Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure will provide teachers and families with fun and engaging activities they can use to help children become socially and emotionally healthy for life.
“With all of the stresses on infants, young children and adolescents today, we want parents and teachers to know that there are tools available to help children develop their emotional skills and resourcefulness,” said Robert Q. Kreider, president and CEO of Devereux. “These skills can be taught and they’re among the most important gifts we can give to our children. It’s never too soon to start.”
“Our mission is to promote social and emotional development, foster resilience, and build skills for school and life success in all children and the adults who care for them,” said Linda Likins, co-director for the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. “Now, more than ever, research supports the need to promote children’s resilience. We know that school and life success depends upon strengthening a child’s social and emotional skills and ability to cope with adversity. The goal of our tweets is straightforward: to provide parents and teachers with simple activities that promote children’s social and emotional development and resilience. These would include activities to build healthy relationships, self-control, initiative, optimistic thinking, personal responsibility, and other critical social and emotional competencies.”
The Devereux Center for Resilient Children is a division of Devereux’s Institute of Clinical Training and Research (ICTR). For nearly a century, Devereux has provided a continuum of behavioral health services to children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and emotional challenges in residential, community and day programs. Children with emotional and behavioral difficulties comprise approximately half of the 20,000 individuals served each year.
About Devereux’s Institute of Clinical Training and Research:
Founded in 1957, the Institute of Clinical Training and Research (ICTR) provides high-quality psychological and educational resources, consultation, and training to Devereux and other child-serving organizations, including government agencies, early childhood programs, schools and community-based systems of care. ICTR’s two primary centers, the Devereux Center for Effective Schools and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, focus on mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention programs and services, designed with multi-tiered systems of support. The centers have partnered with teachers, administrators, caregivers, and families in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to help infants, children and adolescents develop the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in school and in life. ICTR’s strength-based assessments have been used to screen and assess more than three million children across the country. For more information, please visit www.DevereuxICTR.org.
Celebrating its 100(th) Anniversary in 2012, Devereux is a leading nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. Founded by Philadelphia schoolteacher Helena Trafford Devereux, the organization operates a national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational and employment programs that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and families every year. Devereux helps empower children and adults with intellectual, emotional, developmental and behavioral challenges to lead fulfilling lives. Through research-driven assessment and treatment programs both residential and community-based, Devereux is building a resilient new generation. By training teachers in positive behavioral supports, Devereux is strengthening the learning environment in our nation’s schools. An advocate for people of all abilities, Devereux is working to reduce the stigma of mental illness. For more information, please visit www.devereux.org.
For resilience-promoting strategies to build children’s social and emotional health, follow us on Twitter at @BuildURBounce.
Contact: Kate O’Neil
Phone: (215) 790-4367