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Family Articles 6 July 2021
A wealth of research demonstrates the many benefits animals can provide for individuals with autism. In addition to providing companionship, comfort, and affection, animals can help fight loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Many animals can also help promote positive behaviors and social interactions in children with autism. Animals can serve as wonderful companions to help people with autism lead fuller, more enriching lives. One way to introduce an animal into your family’s life is by
Family Articles 4 June 2021
As we were forced to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and the realities of social distancing and working from home, our day-to-day lives were disrupted in too many ways to count. However, many of us made the best of it.  At Therapeutic Pathways, we understand that this change was not easy and, as always, want to support families as best as we can.  Families can continue to stay safe from COVID-19 by taking advantage of our telehealth therapy services. Parent training, parent meetings, and
Family Articles 25 May 2021
For many students, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer vacation. The weather is warm, flowers are blooming, and children can play free from the stress related to school. Just like neurotypical children, children with autism love the fun and excitement surrounding national holidays. We’ve put together a few ideas for activities that you and your child can enjoy together while honoring the men and women who have fought for our country.  Kids with sensory difficulties will love thes
Family Articles 21 May 2021
Expecting parents flinch at the idea of a temper tantrum, new parents stumble through ways to deal with them, and experienced parents know a few ways to get their child to quiet down. Here’s the reality: every child will throw a tantrum at some point, whether they have an autism diagnosis or not. But for children with autism, tantrums can be more frequent, distressing, and difficult to quell. However, it is in no way impossible; you’ll just need to be a little more patient. Keep readin
Family Articles 14 May 2021
Bedtime should be a peaceful time, but any parent can tell you that that’s not always the case, especially for children with autism. Researchers don’t know exactly why autism causes sleeping problems, but it is certainly pervasive. Recent estimates claim that four out of five children with autism have one or more chronic sleep problems, including difficulty falling or staying asleep. If you’re the parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who just can’t sleep through the n
Family Articles 11 May 2021
Children with autism usually display different behaviors than their typically-developing peers. To add another layer, two children with autism won’t display the exact same kind of behaviors. That can make it difficult to know what to do when your child engages in challenging behaviors, but we’ve put together a few tips to help improve your child’s social emotional behavior at home. At Therapeutic Pathways, our behavior analysts have dedicated their careers to helping children with au
Family Articles 7 May 2021
Humans thrive on routine. All people, regardless of age, lifestyle, or background, benefit from having an established schedule in their lives. Routines are particularly helpful for children with autism due to their repetitive patterns of behavior, activities, and hobbies. The adherence to an established routine can be a powerful tool in bringing stability and comfort to their lives. There is a great deal of research that shows that the implementation of a predictable, daily routine for your c
Family Articles 1 April 2021
Spring is finally here, and you know what that means - flowers everywhere! To celebrate the warm weather and changing seasons, we came up with a craft that you and your child with autism will love. Arts and crafts are an excellent way to engage your child through productive play. When children play, they are learning and developing sensory, visual, and fine motor skills that are often the focus of therapy. Pom-pom flowers are a great way to expand your child’s therapeutic activities at home
Family Articles 9 March 2021
A child is acting aggressively when they engage in threatening behaviors that could harm themselves, others, or property. It’s common for children with autism to act aggressively toward others, but aggression itself is not a symptom of autism. Instead, experts believe that aggression indicates anxiety or frustration concerning social and communication difficulties. Children with autism often have trouble understanding what’s happening around them and have difficulty expressing their ne
Family Articles 9 March 2021
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that scientists believe has a strong genetic component. However, unlike other genetic conditions, there is no blood analysis, brain scan, or other test that can diagnose autism. Instead, doctors and psychologists diagnose ASD by analyzing the patient’s history and monitoring their behavior.  For example, qualified experts can make a diagnosis based on: Patient observation Patient interviews Cognitive and language ab
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?





Please select a value.

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.