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Does Therapeutic Pathways offer parent training?

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 achieve greater independence. 

Children look to their parents for guidance and structure. Our extensive programs can be about 25-35 hours per week with visits to the therapist and time with school counselors. Parents are there the rest of the time, and they have the opportunity to make a most profound impact on their child’s progress. 

More importantly, parents are almost always the best observers when it comes to documenting challenges in the child’s natural environment that directly affect their quality of life.

With this in mind, we offer parents training on general support of their child’s therapy, invite feedback based on observations from everyday settings, and can provide parents with training on specific techniques and exercises based on their child’s individualized goals and needs.

Becoming a Part of Your Child’s Growth and Success Through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy

At Therapeutic Pathways, we always focus on the needs of the child over all else. However, children, and especially young children, are only able to provide a limited view of the challenges they face, the goals they want to achieve, and how therapy has impacted their life so far. 

We invite open discussion and input from children during therapy, but we also include observations and input from caregivers in their life. Most notably, we look to parents and teachers to help us determine where the child may be encountering difficulties that prevent them from thriving.

As such, caregivers meet with the clinical staff at Therapeutic Pathways at least monthly, if not more frequently. These meetings are designed to invite input from caregivers, garner feedback on goal progress, and touch upon priority areas that can form the basis of recommendations for parents and the child alike. Also, caregivers are kept up-to-date on all active treatment targets, including current data and mastered skills.

When designing evidence-based autism treatment plans based on the child’s individualized needs and focus areas, parent participation goals are always a major component. Caregivers are given homework activities to support active treatment targets and generalize mastered skills in the home and community settings.

We know that participating in therapy can be an intimidating prospect for some parents, which is why we aim to provide as many supports and resources as needed. We introduce general principles of behavior and ASD’s effect upon it during “mini-training.” These give parents a foundational understanding that allows them to pursue goals realistically and empathetically. 

These training sessions are designed to help caregivers understand concepts such as reinforcement, shaping, and extinction. They will help set the child and their caregivers up for success when they are implementing behavior management systems, programming, and other techniques in natural environments.

Individualized Care Targeted to Goals and Behavior Centers

One of the most important roles of clinician/parent coordination is in establishing individualized therapy and care plans. ASD is a spectrum, meaning that no two client cases at Therapeutic Pathways are alike. Further, every child is an individual, so they might have different needs when it comes to setting goals and optimizing strategies in light of those goals.

Specific reinforcement systems and behavior management systems are created for individual clients based on conversations with caregivers and identified needs in the home and community settings. Many arrangements are even phrased in contract form, firmly establishing expectations, goals, and conditions for success.

All of these tools are tailored to not just the child but the entirety of their experience. For example, caregivers might express a need based on a specific instance or pattern of behavior that draws concern. Clinicians and caregivers can then collaborate to create systems that are workable for that particular family. 

Our clinicians always support the caregivers by modeling implementation, coaching the caregiver on implementation, and adjusting the systems as needed based on ongoing feedback.

The central objective is to always consider the child’s best interests and to adjust the therapeutic approach based on ongoing feedback and evolving environmental conditions. 

For example, families that were concerned about their child’s anxiety in public environments no doubt had countless unexpected variables introduced when the outbreak of COVID-19 occurred. Our clinicians always want to stay current and reflect real-world, real-time conditions the child faces at the given moment of therapy.

Some examples of areas that can be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Foundational engagement and interactive play activities
  • Spontaneous language opportunities
  • Potty training
  • Food expansion
  • Sleeping independently
  • Peer interactions/play
  • Behavior management (e.g., decreasing aggression, increasing instruction following, decreasing stereotypy or self-injury, etc.)
  • Visits to the doctor, dentist, hair stylist
  • Car safety, community safety
  • Health and safety protocols (e.g., mask-wearing, hygiene routines, etc.)
  • Independence with daily living skills (e.g., showering, bathing, dressing, making a snack, following a schedule at home, etc.)

Meet Your Child’s Needs Through Collaborative ABA Therapy

Taking a therapeutic approach to managing a child with autism’s quality of life is rarely an easy choice, but it is always the best choice. With their limited maturity and experience, children can only meet clinicians’ recommendations part of the way. It is up to parents and caregivers to bridge the gap and ensure that therapeutic strategies are implemented in the natural setting. Parents and caregivers can also help customize goals and techniques based on their observations.

We invite everyone in the child’s life to do what they can to make a positive impact. Parents are in the best position to do so, and as such, they offer major structural support in the framework of their child’s therapeutic strategies.

Learn more about how we can help your child succeed and thrive together by viewing our resources for families of children with autism, and then contact us with any requests for services, questions, or concerns.

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.