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Evidence-Based Treatment Helps Children Achieve Important Milestones.

After your child receives an autism diagnosis, the treatment choices you make will influence their social, emotional, and psychological functioning. The earlier intervention begins, the more therapy will help.

Not sure where to start? Click the button below to discover which treatment plan may benefit your child.

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California Centers for Autism Treatment

Each of the six Kendall Centers offers intensive behavior and language therapy for individuals with autism. Ages 0-18.

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Our two Behavior Centers in California offer prevention and treatment plans for ASD and non-ASD individuals with severe behavior disorders. Ages 6-36.

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Multiple Locations, Flexible Treatment Options

We aim to provide treatment across all settings, and we understand that life gets hectic. That’s why we’re pleased to offer in-home and telehealth therapy in addition to traditional in-center services.

Our Mission as a California Evidence-Based Autism Treatment Center

Our mission is to help clients break free from the restrictions and expectations that they are faced with every day. We strive to improve every client’s quality of life and to help them learn the skills they need to live fulfilling, independent lives.

You are not alone on this journey; let Therapeutic Pathways help your child achieve their dreams.

What is evidence-based treatment?

Evidence-based treatment is a procedure or method that has been studied carefully in a controlled setting, the results of which are considered effective based on scientific evidence. Evidence-based treatment allows our behavior analysts to make decisions based on each client’s individual needs, not the entire population of clients in our care.

Unlike the dozens of untested, unscientific “treatment” methods we see today, evidence-based treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy rely on empirical data and skilled clinicians. These treatments improve quality of care, client outcomes, and transparency, all of which are crucial components in effective California evidence-based autism treatment plans.

We encourage parents to enroll their children as soon as possible. Evidence suggests that early intervention is the surest way to help children with autism function within the normal range.

Data shows that children exposed to treatment from an early age are more likely to develop critical skills and reach normal functioning by school age and independent functioning in adolescence and adulthood.

Please visit our Resources page for more information on Therapeutic Pathways’ evidence-based treatment plans.

Evidence-Based vs. Evidence-Informed vs. Research-Based

As you’re researching autism treatment centers in California, you’ll probably run across the terms “evidence-informed” and “research-based.” These terms may look similar to “evidence-based,” but they are very different.

Unlike an evidence-based practice, an evidence-informed practice (EIP) typically pertains to a wider scope or audience, such as a facility or company-wide program. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) uses EIP for policy making.

Research-based is a bit different from evidence-based and evidence-informed practices. Only certain parts of research-based methods have been studied in a controlled setting. So although research-based and evidence-informed practices are developed alongside some scientific research, evidence-based methods remain the most relevant and analytical.

What Sets Therapeutic Pathways Apart

Treatment doesn’t end at the center. Our mission is to provide comprehensive care, and that means providing support and training to parents, teachers, and caregivers in a variety of settings.

Not every California evidence-based autism treatment center takes the same approach, but we believe collaborative partnerships are crucial to help children achieve meaningful, long-lasting outcomes.

Our clinical staff prepares caregiver goals, which are based on the child’s individualized needs and included in all treatment plans. Caregivers meet with clinical staff at least once a month and are kept up-to-date on all active goals in their child’s treatment. We provide caregivers with activities and mini training sessions to support their child’s active treatment targets at home and in the community.

At Therapeutic Pathways, our goal is to make every client and family member feel supported and appreciated. We work hard to improve our clients’ quality and enjoyment of life, and we expect parents and families to work hard with us.

Therapeutic Pathways Leadership Team

Jane S. Howard,
Ph.D., BCBA-D
Chief Executive Officer
Jill Young,
Ph.D., BCBA-D
Director of Quality Assurance/Compliance
Cynthia Ross-Owens,
M.S., BCBA
Regional Director
Coleen R. Sparkman,
M.A., CCC-SLP
President
Weston Rieland,
M.A., BCBA
Assistant Regional Director
Marie Polk,
M.A., BCBA
Regional Director
Lauren Phillips,
Ph.D., BCBA-D
Program Director, Behavior Centers
1. How old is your child or dependent?

2. What are your goals for your child?

3. Has your child been given a formal diagnosis of autism?

4. What types of behavior is your child demonstrating?





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Readiness

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Readiness program. This individualized, evidence-based program teaches young children skills they need to accelerate their learning and gain independence. Using imitation and naturalistic learning techniques, your child will develop useful skills in the areas of speech and language, cognition, and self-awareness. A program for children ages 0-3. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Foundations

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Foundations program. This program gives preschool and school-age children the structure to achieve important social, emotional, and intellectual milestones, helping them test within their peers’ range. With 25+ hours of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy per week, your child will develop social skills and better self-awareness for school and home. A program for children ages 4-7. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Breakthroughs

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Breakthroughs program. Specifically designed for children who have limited hours due to school schedules, this program removes life barriers by developing communication, social, and self-help skills. We teach your child to engage in appropriate behaviors, helping them interact with peers and develop relationships. A program for children ages 8-11.

Interactions

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Interactions program. Through guided social skills groups twice a week, this program helps improve social functioning in children ages 5 to 16. Parent or caregiver participation is crucial to this program; our certified staff provides training for successful participation.

Independence

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Independence program. Geared toward older children, this program includes more in-depth skills that will help your child function independently. Taught skills include functional communication, self-management, and financial literacy. A program for individuals ages 12-25. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Your Child My Be Suited to Multiple Programs

Independence

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Independence program. Geared toward older children, this program includes more in-depth skills that will help your child function independently. Taught skills include functional communication, self-management, and financial literacy. A program for individuals ages 12-25. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Strategies

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Strategies program. The most age-encompassing of our programs, the goal of Strategies is to reduce challenging behaviors and issues with aggression. These behaviors interfere with independence and community participation, so we work to mitigate those challenges and encourage safe, appropriate behavior for individuals of any age. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Strategies

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Strategies program. The most age-encompassing of our programs, the goal of Strategies is to reduce challenging behaviors and issues with aggression. These behaviors interfere with independence and community participation, so we work to mitigate those challenges and encourage safe, appropriate behavior for individuals of any age. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Breakthroughs and/or Interactions

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited to the Breakthroughs or Interactions programs. These programs treat similar symptoms, so Therapeutic Pathways will need to meet with you and your child before we can place them within the appropriate program.

Specifically designed for children who have limited hours due to school schedules, Breakthroughs removes life barriers by developing communication, social, and self-help skills. We teach your child to engage in appropriate behaviors, helping them interact with peers and develop relationships.

Through guided social skills groups twice a week, Interactions helps improve social functioning in children. Parent or caregiver participation is crucial to this program; our certified staff provides training for successful participation.

*This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Your Child My Be Suited to Multiple Programs

Breakthroughs and/or Interactions

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited to the Breakthroughs or Interactions programs. These programs treat similar symptoms, so Therapeutic Pathways will need to meet with you and your child before we can place them within the appropriate program.

Specifically designed for children who have limited hours due to school schedules, Breakthroughs removes life barriers by developing communication, social, and self-help skills. We teach your child to engage in appropriate behaviors, helping them interact with peers and develop relationships.

Through guided social skills groups twice a week, Interactions helps improve social functioning in children. Parent or caregiver participation is crucial to this program; our certified staff provides training for successful participation.

*This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Strategies

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Strategies program. The most age-encompassing of our programs, the goal of Strategies is to reduce challenging behaviors and issues with aggression. These behaviors interfere with independence and community participation, so we work to mitigate those challenges and encourage safe, appropriate behavior for individuals of any age. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.