Child & Family Support Services

At Benchmark School, faculty and staff provide a dynamic continuum of communication and care. This entails having a collaborative team of teacher-mentors and professional counseling staff partner with parents to develop the whole child.

Every student is known and appreciated at Benchmark. Students thrive in a calming, structured, safe learning environment where they feel understood and accepted — able to focus on their studies. 

Focused on nurturing every aspect of a child’s development, Benchmark provides professional guidance in helping children address the social and emotional issues that often accompany difficulties in school. Our staff of six counseling professionals who have different perspectives in approach (clinical, social workers, psychologists, counselors) partner with teachers and parents to provide a dynamic continuum of communication and care to help them address each student’s needs.

The Child & Family Support Services Team are assigned classrooms to consult with  regularly, run class meetings, meet weekly with teachers, host student lunch groups, meet individually with children (recommended by teachers or parents), problem solve with students, attend parent conferences, serve as a resource for things going on at home, lead after-school clubs, and educate on learning profiles.

This team also leads House Community events and activities, created as a way to bridge younger and older students and build community together, as well as a number of parenting programs such as the "New to Benchmark Parent Sessions," "Parenting around Temperament," and "Parenting Book Clubs."

Crisis Information

If you or someone you know is in immediate crisis, call 911.

Suicide Text Line - 741741 - Text the word “HOME” to this number to reach out to a Crisis Counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Suicide Prevention Hotline - 800-273-8255 - The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Warm Line - 855-464-9342 - County wide peer warm line to provide support to individuals who aren’t in crisis, but struggle with emotional and mental health challenges.  Peer specialists will listen and problem-solve with the caller, and offer direction to other crisis services if needed.

Local Crisis Centers:

Delaware County Crisis Connections Team: 855-889-7827 - (DCCCT) consists of services available to Delaware County residents who may be at risk for emotional crisis.  The team provides assessment, intervention, and referral. This service is available 24/7.

  • For Delaware County residents, two crisis centers divide the county into catchment areas.  People will be directed to the appropriate crisis center based upon his/her home address, or the address at which the behavior is being observed.  The two crisis centers are Crozer-Chester Medical Center (610-447-7600) in Chester and Fitzgerald Hospital (610-237-4210) in Lansdowne.

Chester County: The mobile crisis support team is the Valley Creek Crisis Center (VCCC) at 610-918-2100.

Montgomery County: Call the Crisis Center at 610-279-6100 and the Mobile Crisis Team in Montgomery County for children at 888-435-7414.

Philadelphia County: The Crisis Response Center for children is the Einstein Medical Center at 215-951-8300.

New Jersey residents located in Gloucester County, call 856-845-9100 or the crisis center located at the Inspira Emergency Room, 509 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ.  The Mobile Crisis Team in Gloucester Counter can be reached at 856-845-9100.

Northern Delaware residents, call Crisis Intervention Services at 800-852-2929.  Walk-in crisis and mobile outreach services are provided by Crisis Intervention Services, and located at Herman Holloway Health Campus, 1901 N. Dupont Highway, Springer Building, New Castle, DE.

I visited seven different schools to find a “fit” for my boys and no other school could come close to providing the level of social, emotional and family help that Benchmark Child & Family Support Services does.  It is something that truly sets Benchmark so far apart from the other regional LD schools and I feel it cannot be stressed enough.
Suzanne Heckendorn, Parent


Adam Lemisch, Ph.D.
Department Head
Mara Dixon

Thomas Hurster

Rebecca Rosenstock
Leslie Stein, Ph.D.

Jenelle Tomov