Pathways Strategic Teaching Center

Pathways Strategic Teaching Center is a comprehensive education and treatment program servicing children with autism and related disorders. Founded in 1998 through a collaborative effort between the J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center and local parents of children with autism, Pathways is committed to utilizing scientifically validated teaching strategies in improving the lives of children with autism and their families.

Mission

Pathways is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art, scientifically validated, educational and treatment services in its Center.

Vision

Pathways Strategic Teaching Center is an education and treatment program designed to maximize independence and enhance the lives of children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders.

  • Education and Treatment

    Pathways education and treatment strategies are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, an organized and systematic approach that has been demonstrated effective in building skills as well as assessing and treating problem behavior. Individually tailored curricula address speech and language, pre-academic and academic skills, daily living and self-care skills, play and social skills, and assessment and treatment of challenging behavior. A one-to-one ratio of teachers to students is typically utilized, although small and large group activities may be provided for students who achieve the skills to learn in such settings. A comprehensive system of student evaluation allows for daily refinement of student lessons.

    Pathways teaching staff receive regular supervision and training from Master's and Doctoral level behavior analysts to ensure teaching and treatment integrity. Pathways also provides regular consultation to parents and local educational agencies to assist in generalizing progress to environments beyond the classroom.

  • Pathways Strategic Teaching Center provides Applied Behavior Analysis consultation and education in Southern New England region. Pathways provides consultation to local education agencies serving children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders.

    Pathways addresses specific child needs in community-based schools, including transitioning students from highly intensive educational environments to regular education settings and design of classroom systems.

    Pathways provides educational and training opportunities for families and others in the community, addressing challenges common to children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

  • Pathways Strategic Teaching Center begins serving children at age three. Family participation is an integral part of the student's educational program. The Center collaborates with the on-site CRAYONS Preschool and Kindergarten and with community-based schools to address learning in typical educational environments.

      • Pathways serves children in preschool, primary, elementary, and middle classrooms with an intensive staff-to-student ratio.
      • Pathways uses scientifically-based teaching methods supervised by a Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Certified Teachers.
      • Pathways relies on a comprehensive system of student evaluation that allows for daily refinement of individualized student lessons.
      • Pathways provides continuous staff training and supervision to maintain a high level of staff performance and yield maximum outcomes for students.
      • Pathways equips and works together with parents to maximize student outcomes in natural environments: the home and community.
      • Pathways addresses critical skills for success in the home environment.
      • Pathways equips parents through training activities, coaching and oversight of parent implemented lessons.
      • Students of the Pathways Strategic Teaching Center are usually placed by their local school district through the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process. While parents can make initial contact with Pathways for informational purposes, the IEP team will ultimately determine placement.

      • Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Functional Behavioral Assessment
      • Consultation and Training
      • Customized Evaluations
      • Speech and Language Therapy
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Physical Therapy
      • IEP development and implementation
      • Transition planning
      • Satellite Classrooms
      • Collaborative program development, adaptive curriculum for inclusive activities in public schools
      • Collaborative training with public school personnel for effective transition of students from private to local education settings
      • Parent education and training
      • Collaboration with other therapeutic disciplines as indicated by the individual student's IEP (e.g., vision specialist)

  • For information and literature about Pathways please contact Alena Marcotte at (401) 615‑2775 or via

    All referrals to Pathways should be made in writing by the local educational authority of the city or town in which the child resides.

    Upon receipt of the referral from the local school system, the admissions team will review the information to determine if the child is suitable for the program. After the information review, an intake screening will be scheduled with the potential student and parents/guardians. Depending on the outcome of the intake screening, the student may be invited for an in-class visit before a final decision is made on appropriate placement.

    If the consensus of the team is that the child's educational/therapeutic needs can best be met by Pathways Strategic Teaching Center, the Director of Clinical and Educational Services or Special Education Director will notify the LEA. Notification will be made by telephone as well as in writing to expedite starting date and transportation. The telephone call will be followed by a letter of acceptance indicating the schools hours of operation, school calendar, and tuition costs. The intake person will notify the parents of their child's acceptance and set up the records.

    If the program is fully enrolled, the student may be placed on a waiting list after the information review. Pathways will notify the appropriate school district of the wait list. When an opening occurs, the student and parent/guardian will be invited for an intake screening and possibly an in-class visit.

    If the team finds that Pathways Strategic Teaching Center is unable to best service the child, the Director of Clinical and Educational Services will so inform the LEA.


  • Special Education Director


    Supervising Behavior Analyst

    Nicholas Vanselow, Ph.D., BCBA
    Clinical Advisor


    Lead Behavior Analyst


    Lead Behavior Analyst


    Lead Behavior Analyst


    Behavior Analyst


    Behavior Specialist


    Behavior Specialist


    Behavior Specialist


    Coordinator of Health Services


    Program Specialist


    Program Specialist


    Consulting Supervisor


    Consulting Supervisor


    Administrative Service Coordinator


    Clerical Assistant


    Supervisory Educator


    Supervisory Educator


    Supervisory Educator


    Supervisory Educator


    Supervisory Educator


    Supervisory Educator


    Supervisory Educator


    Supervisory Educator


    Supervisory Educator


    Supervisory Educator


    Speech and Language Pathologist


    Speech and Language Pathologist


    Speech and Language Pathologist


    Speech and Language Pathologist


    Supervising Occupational Therapist


    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant


    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant


    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant


    Speech Aide


    Supervisory Educator of Adaptive Physical Education & Health Education


    Adaptive Physical Education & Health Educator


    Art Teacher

  • Jennifer Asmus, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D., BCBA
    Professor of Psychology, Florida State University President, Behavior Management Consultants, Inc.

    Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
    Directory, Upper School, McCarton School, NY, NY

    Judith Favell, Ph.D., BCBA
    CEO of AdvoServ and senior board member of the Celeste Foundation

    Richard Foxx, Ph.D., BCBA
    Professor of Psychology, Clinical Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg

    Gina Green, Ph.D., BCBA
    San Diego State University and the University of North Texas

    Erik Mayville, Ph.D., BCBA
    Clinical Director, Institute for Educational Planning, Connecticut Center for Child Development

    James A. Mulick, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University

    Mark W. Steege, Ph.D.
    Professor and Clinical Director in School Psychology, University of Southern Maine

 



Locations


Pathways Strategic Teaching Center is located at:
75 Centre of New England Blvd
Coventry, RI 02816


Please feel free to with any questions.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


How can I enroll my child at Pathways Strategic Teaching Center?

All referrals to Pathways should be made in writing by the local educational authority of the city or town in which the child resides.


What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

ABA is defined as the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior.


What is the ratio of teachers to students at Pathways?

A one-to-one ratio of teachers to students is typically utilized, although small and large group activities may be provided for students who achieve the skills to learn in such settings.