PsyCare Starts ‘Reading from the Heart’

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – PsyCare Inc., a provider of outpatient behavioral health care, has launched a new community service project, “Reading from the Heart.”

Each of PsyCare’s 10 offices  has designated an area dedicated to children that includes books and a comfortable reading center to encourage children to sit and read. Books are also available for children to take home.

Staff members designed the reading centers based on the needs of the children, said Lori Kelly, director of the Liberty PsyCare clinic and “Reading from the Heart” coordinator, and received training from librarians in order to work with families to promote and support reading within the home.

“Reading with children increases language and communication skills, improves basic speech skills and mastery of language, and increases a child’s aptitude for learning. It also strengthens the bonds between parent and child and provides ways for the parent to teach emotional regulation, concentration and discipline,” Kelly said.

PsyCare operates clinics in Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Cortland, East Liverpool, Howland, Liberty, Struthers, and Warren, and a family practice clinic in Calcutta office. The practice, founded in 1985 by Drs. Douglas Darnall, Anthony DeRosa, and Terence Heltzel, employs 173.

Pictured: Sarah Heilman (left) and Lori Kelly, coordinator of PsyCare’s “Reading from the Heart” service project, with a painting by Heilman she donated to the Cortland Lending Library.

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