Services, Training

Professional service
Our team of professionals have over 10 year's experience in the field as well as qualifications in psychology, applied behaviour analysis, child development, autism and related disorders, PECS, cognitive behaviour therapy and Makaton.  Our dedication and knowledge is second to none.

Home Intervention services
The aim of PATHWAY TO LEARNING home intervention consultancy is to provide a fully comprehensive learning programme by developing a child’s skills across a full range of domains such as imitative skills, language and communication skills, play and social skills, academics, adaptive skills, and peer interaction skills. 
PATHWAY TO LEARNING programmes recognise the importance of the role of parents in the education of their children.  Curricular targets (long and short term goals) and intervention techniques are always developed together with parents to ensure relevance to daily life, ease of implementation and on-going generalisation of taught skills to the natural environment.
PATHWAY TO LEARNING programmes are tailored to the specific individual needs of each child and acknowledge changes in these needs over time and across contexts. 

Treatment Approach
SCREENING
Initially a screening will take place in the home of the child where the founders will informally assess your child's current skills and deficits as well as discuss their developmental history, diagnosis and your current concerns.  They will also offer you information on ABA and what PATHWAY TO LEARNING can offer you including how to set up a home programme and how to find a suitable ABA therapist.After this screening a report will be written outlining a summary of their observations, recommendations and treatment model.  If you agree to the suggestions in the report then you are ready to start a home programme.
BASELINE
Baseline is the current level that a target behaviour occurs prior to intervention.  In order to identify the effectiveness of an intervention, not only is baseline necessary, but a clear definition of what the goals of the intervention are, needs to be determined.  A formal baseline assessment of your child's current skills will then be carried out using the VB MAPP (Verbal Behaviour Milestones Assessment and Placement Program) or the AFLS (Assessment of Functional Living Skills) depending on their age.   This should take 2-3 hours and a comprehensive report will be written as follow up.  A full Functional Assessment and/or Analysis of any challenging behaviours will also be available.
INITIAL WORKSHOP
Before commencing any home ABA programme all those involved in the child's education (parents, carers, hired therapists, nannies, teachers) are invited to attend a one-day initial workshop.  This workshop is compulsory and consists of theory-based and practical training in ABA using powerpoint slides, hand outs, video models and practical role-playing.  Topics covered will include:

  • An introduction to ABA and EIBI
  • ABA methods of discrete trial teaching, natural environmental teaching, verbal behaviour.
  • How to define, measure, understand and change behaviour.
  • Techniques to increase and decrease behaviours including reinforcement (differential, non contingent), token economies, punishment, extinction, shaping and chaining.
  • Behavioural assessment techniques and Data collection methods.

SUPERVISION VISITS
Once therapy commences your PTL consultant will then visit you on a regular basis depending on the number of hours of therapy (an ethical guideline is that every 30 hours of therapy should be supervised by a consultant and that all programmes are overseen by a BCBA).  Supervision may be on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or 6-12 weekly basis with regular email/phone updates in between for longer durations between onsite visits.
During these supervision sessions your consultant will observe and re-evaluate your child's programme, design new goals, discuss and remediate any problems, and conduct further training of parents and staff if required.  These supervision sessions are essential in the running of any successful EIBI programme to ensure on going progression and learning.

Note: Behavioural support or PECS support only visits are made on an individual basis.

School support services
Consistency of approach is key to successful learning and so we also provide school or nursery support for your child.  Typically developing children learn during every moment of every day, but for children with autism, those learning opportunities may be missed in a group or school setting. All of the child's learning environments can be supported and learning opportunitiestalored to teach the individual skills that he is not learning spontaneously in their educational settings.  Using the principles of ABA, our programmes work alongside educational providers to enhance your child's learning opportunities to help them make the most of every hour of every day.

School consultation visits may provide advice, recommendations or even intensive training in ABA for your child's teacher or assistant.  We can also contribute to Individual Educational Plan (IEP) goals to ensure relevancy and consistency of expectations.  We value being able to work collaboratively with other professionals in the field such as SENCO's, SALT's or OT's.