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Staff Spotlight: Adrianna Durrell

This month, we’re turning the spotlight on Adrianna Durrell, a Registered Behavior Technician at Therapeutic Pathways. Adrianna graduated from California State University, Chico in 2019, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology with a focus on Developmental and Child Psychology.

Adrianna joined the Therapeutic Pathways team a little under two years ago. As a Registered Behavior Technician, Adrianna provides direct client care in one-on-one or group settings at the center or the client’s home. She utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and is dedicated to supporting every child in her care.

Clients know Adrianna as an enthusiastic helper, and coworkers applaud her for her patience with every client, no matter the circumstances.

We were able to ask Adrianna some questions regarding her role and some of her favorite parts of working at Therapeutic Pathways.

What motivates you to wake up and go to work?

I’m motivated to go to work by seeing the impact we make in families’ lives. I love teaching children new skills and watching them maintain and further develop skills they have already learned.

What is something you learned in the last week?

Something I learned in the last week is how even the smallest interaction can impact a child. After working with a child who I hadn’t worked with in a while, it was clear that they remembered working with me in the past, and I realized how great of an impact we make in children’s lives even when we don’t realize it.

How do you define success?

Success is different for every person. It is something that is continuous with no clear end point. A person can continue to succeed the more they learn and the more experience they have in doing something.

How has your career grown since starting at Therapeutic Pathways?

Prior to being hired at Therapeutic Pathways, my experience was primarily working in classrooms with large groups of children. Working as an RBT has taught me how to effectively support children’s communication, cognitive, receptive, and expressive language, self-help, and social skills and the importance of focusing on the individual characteristics of each child for his or her success.

Everything I’ve learned as an RBT will be beneficial in any career that works mainly with children.

What is your favorite thing about working at Therapeutic Pathways?

My favorite thing about Therapeutic Pathways is the supportive atmosphere. Whenever support is needed there is always someone, whether it be another RBT, a clinical staff member, or an SDA member, ready and eager to help.

Thank You, Adrianna

Adrianna, we appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions! Registered Behavior Technicians like you are the reason children with autism now have more opportunities and freedoms than ever before.

Stay tuned for next month’s Employee Spotlight!

 

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.