Now serving Ventura County, CA, Kern County, CA and 13 counties in Michigan - Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Saginaw County, Bay County, Clinton County, Eaton County, Ingham County, Shiawassee County, Iosco County, Ogemaw County, Oscoda County, Kalamazoo County, and St. Clair County.
ABA Pathways designs personalized treatment plans to meet every individual’s unique needs. Programs are based on assessment information, and carefully designed on the principles of learning and behavior. All treatment programs consist of target behavior and data collection procedures that are implemented and analyzed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to determine treatment efficacy.
We ensure program effectiveness by conducting bi-weekly team meetings, regularly reviewing every child’s program data, observing current instructional programs, and conducting parent and instructor training. Consultation from a BCBA will occur frequently, depending on the needs, to assure treatment integrity.
ABA Pathways offers the following services in the clinic, home, community, and school settings. Please click on any of the below services for further explanation.
Our dynamic groups provide a fun and safe environment for teaching developmentally appropriate social skills that often are lacking when a developmental diagnosis is present. It is so important in life to be able to connect with others to create meaningful relationships and to be “present” within one’s environment. The purpose of what we do is to provide an avenue for teaching social thinking so that students become aware of social expectations, gain awareness into their behavior, and learn how to modify their behavior based on specific strategies. Good social skills can be defined as “adapting efficiently in each context,” meaning we have to read the hidden social rules and then regulate our eye contact, language, emotions, and reactions.
ABA Pathways social skills training philosophy is a blended approach of Applied Behavior Analysis and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to teach social thinking and basic skills of social interactions. The curriculum used in our groups are centered on Social ThinkingTM, a treatment framework developed by Michelle Garcia Winner that teaches the “why” behind our social behavior. Initial baseline information is gathered on the related skills that will be taught in the group. Objectives and data collection on behavior and learning is monitored throughout the sessions to objectively evaluate skill acquisition as well as further define skills that need more repetitions and development outside of groups.
We offer social skills training according to chronological age, cognitive development, and current skills:
Incredible Flexible You!TM (4-6 years of age) – The goal of The Incredible Flexible You lessons is to help young verbal learners develop the skills they need to be flexible social thinkers and social problem solvers. Through the experiences of four characters in the storybooks and the accompanying lessons and music CD, children will learn about the social mind and social expectations. They will also learn about their thinking (and that of others) to help them make better decisions when in the midst of social play and interaction. For this age group, we use natural play and learning opportunities to teach basic social skills such as sharing, joining in, asking questions, etc. Together these lessons and experiences better prepare children for peer relationships and more creative and dynamic play!
SuperflexTM (7-10 and 11-15 years of age) – The SuperFlex curriculum teaches about “social smarts” –having an awareness of our environment and what is happening around us may mean we have to modify our interactions. Awareness of our environment allows us to adapt our interactions and consider other people! An individual needs to read the hidden social rules in each context and then regulate their behavior – eyes, language, voice, emotions, reactions, etc., for each situation. This requires highly flexible thinking which is often difficult for those on the autism spectrum or for those who have developmental disabilities. Explicit teaching is required for these hidden rules to be learned and identified in social situations. Students are motivated to learn through this creative teaching curriculum related to imaginative characters, Superflex and the Unthinkables allowing for a safe and fun learning experience!
Beyond age, who qualifies for these groups?
Language skills strong enough to discuss concepts
Ability to sit and listen for 10-15 minute durations before a break
Overall general compliance to function within a group
If these skills are not present allowing for your child to participate in our groups, please contact us and we can assist you with a plan to develop these skills!
It’s a fact – Life’s not always easy – and there’s a good chance you’re thinking this is an understatement.
Ok, so you’ve been given a diagnosis, you’re doing your research and you’ve found us. You might even be thinking you might like to contact us, but you know it’s going to be expensive (it always is, isn’t it) and you don’t know how you’re going to pay us. Let us suggest some possibilities.
We are in-network with:
Beacon Health Strategies
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Blue Care Network
Physicians Health Network
If you don’t see your insurance company on our list, please give us call, we may have added them.
Community Mental Health –
We are a provider for Medicaid through Community Mental Health in Michigan, serving Saginaw County, Bay County, Ingham County, Eaton County, Clinton County, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Iosco County, Ogemaw County, Oscoda County, Kalamazoo County, St. Clair County, and Shiawassee County!
Beacon Health Strategies–Gold Coast Health Plan in Ventura County, CA.
If you don’t see your county listed and you are interested in our services, please don’t hesitate to call. We may have added new counties and are always interested in helping in new areas. Additionally, you may be able to access the Child Waiver Program and Vouchers system. We can help you navigate your way.
Private Pay – We accept cash, checks, credit cards, debit cards, care cards, and if none of those work for you talk to us about payment plans.