Where Everybody Is Somebody

SERVICES

Communication Pathways is a practice that strives to meet clients where they are and nurture their progress in a respectful, safe, and fun environment.

 

 

 

 

Social Learning Groups

Preschool to Adult

 

Communication Pathways offers social learning groups for all ages, from preschool to adults, in order to develop their social-cognitive-communication skills.  Group instruction is targeted for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (high functioning), social communication disorder, Asperger’s, ADHD, nonverbal learning disability (NLD) and similar diagnoses, along with people experiencing social learning difficulties who have no diagnosis.

 

Along with a variety of strategies, the innovative Social Thinking® treatment framework and curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner is integrated into all our social groups. Group size is two to four to offer each participant ample opportunity to practice skills and discuss their own issues/concerns as they come up. Groups occur in eight week sessions and incorporate one or two outings where clients have opportunities to practice their learning in real life situations. Group sessions last an hour, with the last ten minutes devoted to meeting with family to discuss new concepts and ideas presented in the session.

 

Additionally, a summary handout is provided after each session that highlights new vocabulary and concepts, explains why the concepts are important, and offers ideas for carry-over.

 

Disclaimer: Communication Pathways LLC is not affiliated with, endorsed, or sanctioned by Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing, Inc.

 

 

 

 

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Speech/Language Therapy

 

Communication Pathways specializes in supporting all aspects of communication through individualized comprehensive plans. Areas include:

 

  • Articulation (Speech Production)
  • Language Development (Expressive and Receptive)
  • Social Skills
  • Fluency
  • Alternative and Augmentative technology

 

Many of the individuals that speech-language pathologists typically work with are easily frustrated or avoidant in interactions with others because of their communication difficulties. Communication Pathways believes that the largest gains are made when people feel respected and valued, which cultivates an environment for people to take risks and participate. We find out what motivates our clients and incorporate their unique interests into therapy activities to make things fun.

 

 

 

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Autism Consulting

 

Communication Pathways offers consultation services in the area of autism.  Working with students on the autism spectrum and children with emotional-behavioral disabilities has been a special interest of Mary-Beth Friday’s for over 18 years. Mary-Beth’s experiences as a Speech-Language Pathologist have provided her with exposure in working and teaming with students, teachers, parents, and advocates to achieve IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) results. She has provided service in a variety of settings, serving children from preschool to age 21, including school districts in three additional states.

 

Mary-Beth’s work as a Program Support Teacher in the Green Bay Public School System focused primarily on evaluating and supporting students within the autism spectrum and with emotional behavioral disabilities. In 2011-12 she helped the Oregon School District launch a Social Thinking® curriculum for their students. She particularly enjoys collaborating with IEP team members in solving challenges.

 

Along with her personal experiences, Mary-Beth brings a wealth of current knowledge and continually seeks out advanced learning. She has been trained in Social Thinking, PECS, Social Stories, SCERTS, Rapid Prompting Method and Applied Behavioral Analysis. Mary-Beth has been running Social Thinking groups for over eight years. Last summer she was accepted for a three day training through Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® Program.

 

The breadth of Mary-Beth’s experiences, along with the belief that every member of a child’s IEP is important, contribute to making her an asset as part of an educational team. The relationships she strives to develop with student, families, teachers, therapists and administrators are an integral part of creating an effective team for student achievement.

 

Contact Mary-Beth to describe what your school district needs.  She will work with you to create successful plans and solutions.

 

Teachers will be supplied with information and handouts to further their knowledge of working with students on the autism spectrum.  In addition, Mary-Beth will support teachers and staff in creating and using accommodations such as visual schedules, social stories, social behavior maps, visual behavior cues and sensory breaks so they gain confidence and feel more comfortable producing these for their students independently.

 

Mary-Beth is also available to consult with parents in the home setting to help problem solve and add supports that will help with daily living.

 

 

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STRESS MANAGEMENT

Emotional Self-Regulation and Resiliency Training

 

These one hour classes (eight week series) are designed for children to develop better understanding of their emotions by connecting to how their body and brain feels, and learning strategies to help keep themselves in a good feeling state to be better able to demonstrate “expected” behaviors at home and school.

 

Clients will meet individually or in a small group.  During this time, vocabulary and concepts will be presented through activities, discussion, games and videotaping.  Leah M. Kuypers’ curriculum, The Zones of Regulation, is also incorporated into sessions.

 

The focus of the lessons is three-fold:

 

  1. For students to develop more awareness of their own feelings in order to become better self-regulators of their emotions.  Thinking, calming, and sensory strategies will be presented for students to use to help themselves stay in a “Ready to Learn” zone.
  2. For students to develop a deeper understanding that their behavior causes others to have thoughts and emotions about them.  “Expected” behavior can cause others to feel comfortable and lead to positive/neutral consequences.  “Unexpected” behavior can cause others to feel uncomfortable or upset and lead to more negative consequences.
  3. Students will learn that “unexpected” behaviors happen to everyone.  When we realize that we have done something “unexpected” (that might have caused others to have uncomfortable feelings) we can change their feelings (to more comfortable and positive) by changing our behavior to be more “expected”. It’s all about recovery!

 

Parents meet with the instructor for the last ten minutes of class to hear a summary of activities and learn techniques to help their child move from co-regulation to self-regulation.  In addition, a summary sheet of the topics and concepts that were introduced will be sent home.

 

Contact us to schedule your free consult to see if this class might be right for your child.

 

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