Aperture Education and Esteem Therapeutics Partner to Support Social-Emotional Learning in Children with ADD and ADHD

Charlotte N.C. (May 1, 2018) — Social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education and Esteem Therapeutics have partnered to help parents and therapists measure the social and emotional competencies of children with ADD and ADHD.

Esteem Therapeutics will integrate the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) published by Aperture Education, into its new Esteem Thrive app, which is geared toward helping parents of children with ADD and ADHD monitor and manage their children’s wellness. The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) will help parents and therapists measure children’s social and emotional competencies. They use it to identify a child’s social-emotional strengths, as well as areas in which he or she may need additional support. Parents and therapists will also have access to intervention strategies from Aperture Education to help them address the child’s needs.

“We chose to partner with Esteem Therapeutics because of our shared belief that children benefit most when the adults who care for them understand and build upon their strengths,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “This partnership now allows us to put the DESSA, long popular with educators and researchers, into the hands of parents and therapists. The Esteem Thrive app provides a family-friendly user experience that parents will appreciate and the scientific rigor that the clinicians would expect.”

Esteem Thrive is an app built on top of the Esteem Precision Behavioral Health Platform, an online platform offering a personalized care and development plan for a child with ADHD or other learning disabilities. It was developed by Esteem Therapeutics in collaboration with ADHD and child development experts to provide actionable data and insights to improve care plans. The new app will help parents and therapists keep track of children’s common struggles, dips in behavior, emotional functioning, and overall health. With the app, parents and therapists can quickly administer clinical and non-clinical tests such as Evo Social/Emotional, and access resources and activities to support specific skills, including social and emotional skills.

“Aperture Education has for many years created and developed strength based tools that have allowed schools to easily and effectively incorporate Social and Emotional assessments and insights into classrooms. Schools utilizing these tools have documented these benefits to hundreds of thousands of students over this time. Esteem Therapeutics is excited to partner with Aperture Education to bring these amazing tools to both consumers and behavioral professionals,” said Dr. Thomas Pedigo Ed.D, Medical Psychologist and Chief Science Officer, Esteem Therapeutics.

For more information on the Esteem Thrive app, visit https://www.esteemtherapeutics.com/.

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) is a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills. The DESSA comprehensive assessment system includes both the DESSA and the DESSA-mini, a universal screener of social and emotional competence administered in less than a minute. Aperture also provides growth strategies and foundational practices to strengthen social and emotional skills. Its data helps educators, parents, and clinicians understand children’s’ SEL strengths and needs. For more information, go to www.ApertureEd.com.

About Esteem Therapeutics

Esteem Therapeutics has developed the Esteem Precision Behavioral Health Platform to deliver focused digital solutions to the 70M Americans in need of Behavioral Health intervention. Our first solution, Esteem Thrive, is a web-based ADHD care app that helps parents change “worry” into “constructive action” to ensure their children develop maximally and not just survive ADHD. For more information visit esteemtherapeutics.com or call Austin Miller 805-464-1265