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FAQs

FAQs 25 February 2021
Following unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act into law on September 30, 2019. The Autism Cares Act of 2019 is an expansion of the original that was signed into law in 2006, providing more than $1.8 billion in funding to support people across the country with autism. Among other things, the 2019 Act: Increases the annual federal budget for autism initiatives and resear
FAQs 25 February 2021
Before proceeding to treatment, many caregivers want to know: what is ABA therapy for autism? ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a science-backed, intensive approach to improving social behavior among children with autism. It’s the most common therapy for autism in the United States, and its main goals are to develop new skills, refine learned skills, and reduce problem behaviors. Through ABA therapy, children learn which behaviors are appropriate for which situation by breaking down desira
FAQs 25 February 2021
Research suggests that in many children, symptoms of autism emerge during the second half of the first year of life. However, signs of autism in toddlers are generally much more visible. Still, many children will show symptoms early on. In fact, one-third of parents recognize symptoms or cite concerns before their child’s first birthday, but many diagnoses are not made until their fourth year or later. If you notice the following signs and symptoms in your toddler, speak with a child ps
FAQs 25 February 2021
There is no lab test to determine whether a child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). How you get an autism diagnosis comes down to a doctor or other medical professional’s examination of the child’s developmental history and behavior through close monitoring and analysis. Parents or caregivers can play an integral role in helping their child receive a diagnosis. For example, they can create a checklist of important milestones - their child’s first word, their first non-family interac
FAQs 25 February 2021
Awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has grown considerably over the years, especially in children. However, more and more people are beginning to understand that one can get an autism diagnosis for adults, too. A diagnosis can provide great relief to individuals experiencing symptoms. Diagnosis makes treatment and therapy an option, and there’s comfort in knowing that a whole community exists of other adults who have been diagnosed with autism. Keep reading to learn how the m
FAQs 21 January 2021
There is no cure for autism, but experts agree that the best way to manage symptoms and develop independence skills is through ABA therapy. It’s important to remember that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complicated condition that presents differently in every individual. As research continues to discover the cause of the disorder - prenatal condition, genetics and other unknown factors - health providers should focus on helping people with ASD live full and satisfying lives. At The
FAQs 2 January 2021
A child could have mild symptoms of autism, but parents and guardians should still take proactive steps to seek a diagnosis.  When a child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), caregivers can work with professionals to develop appropriate strategies in response. These strategies help children thrive in their environment through appropriate accommodations, therapy, and parent training.  While some children with autism may rarely encounter challenges related to their disorder, others may fin
FAQs 2 January 2021
Yes. Therapeutic Pathways believes that getting parents on board with therapy and reinforcing positive behaviors is an especially effective way to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) succeed. Parents and caregivers are invaluable life long advocates that offer support for their children, though our extensive program is effective with or without direct participation from caregivers. Though the participation of parents offer help children learn to navigate their environment and achie
FAQs 2 January 2021
Experts maintain that the cause of autism is largely genetic; they attribute about 80% of the risk to inherited genes, leaving only 20% to environmental factors. This is a monumental finding for the causation and treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but much is left to be discovered. Because no single gene causes autism (more than 100 genes have clear ties to the disorder), there are no genetic tests available to diagnose autism. Many different changes and mutations in a person
FAQs 2 January 2021
Technology can be a tool for bridging the gap between communication and learning in children with autism. Some children may benefit from assistive technology (AT), such as devices used to help communicate using pictures or pre-recorded speech samples. Others may benefit from augmented learning tools, such as software designed to teach and reinforce concepts from the classroom. When using any technology, parents, teachers, and caregivers should first evaluate the appropriateness of the tool fo
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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.