Early Childhood Providers

Pathways Parent Training Program can be delivered by all IDEA Part C interventionists...you don't have to be a BCBA.

Created within an authentic setting…

Pathways is a “Practice to Research” model, meaning it was first developed in an authentic IDEA Part C setting and found by the users—professionals like you—to be effective. It then moved to the clinical research setting.

Why Pathways?

Because It Works!

Typically developing children learn by tuning in to the people in their world. When an infant/toddler is not tuning in or engaging with the social world, attunement does not develop typically. Attunement begins with dyadic social interaction—things like eye gaze, social smiles, back-and-forth games like peek-a-boo and patty-cake. Then a child moves on to triadic social interaction or joint attention interaction and finally on to more refined social communication.

Without attunement children fail to develop the foundational social communication skills needed. With a foundation of attunement, you can change the developmental trajectory of a child. With Pathways, attunement comes first! With attunement all interventions become more effective.

Why Pathways?​

Because it Fits!

Pathways is a parent training model that is compatible with the coaching model and will enable you to confidently implement state of the art intervention. Pathways will equip you as a professional with the tools you need! Research now shows NDBIs like Pathways have the most rigorous research showing efficacy as a comprehensive intervention. Under this model, interventionists and parents work together to provide the intensity of services necessary for significant change in toddlers with autism.

Pathways trained providers report that they utilize strategies from the program for many of their families, even those who may be on the autism spectrum. The Pathways’ research states, “The developmental nature of the Pathways intervention may (in addition) benefit toddlers who are demonstrating deficits in reciprocal dyadic interactions and who have not yet acquired joint attention, even if they do not have ASD.”


Why Pathways?

Because it makes you more effective!!


Here’s what early childhood interventionists and IDEA Part C program directors are saying about Pathways Parent Training Program!

The Pathways Program has truly become the most important breakthrough for me in working with children with autism or autistic characteristics. Before Pathways, working with children with lack of eye contact, lack of tuning in and disinterest in the social world was our biggest challenge. Typical strategies used with our other children were not as effective and progress was slow. When the Pathways Program was introduced to our ECI program, I was immediately impressed with its thoroughness, attention to detail, practicality and evidence based strategies. Pathways gives us the tools to target the core deficits affecting these children and helps us rewire the brain to appreciate social interactions. Pathways allows us to guide our ECI families step by step as children learn to attend to activities, enjoy social play, use eye contact, turn to their name and use words socially to communicate their needs. I am excited to be a part of this program and grateful to be effectively prepared to help these children.

~Rachel, Interventionist, IDEA Part C Early Intervention Program

The Pathways program has helped me when working with children with autism and their families. In my years of working with children with autism, I have found that using a more traditional speech model has not been as effective and I felt that something was missing from my treatment plan. The Pathways program has filled in some of those missing pieces. Pathways is a specific step by step program that addresses foundational prelinguistic skills, social interaction skills, and behavior. The program utilizes the principles of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) in the home setting within the context of the family’s daily routines. It has been a joy watching the children build a deeper bond with their parent/caregiver and to see them learn how to better focus and attend, interact in more meaningful back and forth exchanges, and learn how to request and imitate others.

~Lori, Speech Pathologist, IDEA Part C Early Intervention Program

The Pathways Program has been a complete transformation for me personally when working with children with autism and their families.  Before being introduced and trained in this program I often found myself at a loss as to how to provide effective interventions for these toddlers.  Although we were seeing some results with the “traditional” course of treatment (Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Specialized Skills Training) these results were minimal.  I have now been implementing Pathways with some of our children that have been diagnosed with autism or who have red flags of the spectrum disorder.  I can without a doubt say that the progress has surpassed my expectations.  I have now learned an innovative approach to teaching parents how to interact with their child, which in turn has provided new opportunities for these children to learn!  Parents are now feeling less anxious about playing and teaching their child.  I will also admit that I, as a provider, feel more enabled and confident in my service delivery.  I am a firm believer in the Pathways Program and its ability to alter the lives of the children and families that we serve!  Not only has the Pathways Program delivered amazing progress for these children but it has also restored the families’ faith that their child has a fighting chance!  We are actually altering the brain functioning of children with autism and empowering their parents to succeed!

~Rhonda, Interventionist, IDEA Part C Early Intervention Program

I have been given the privilege to be trained for Pathways, and it has been an exciting experience as parents are now expressing hope for their children.  Pathways has taught me how to be able to respond to the parents who have expressed concerns and questions, on why their child displays challenging behaviors. In return, I am able to provide them with strategies in helping them focus, not so much on the why, but on how to help them change their child’s behavior.  Pathways has helped me have a better understanding of Autism, as well as how I can provide the knowledge to parents to help them understand it too.  A Pathways parent mentioned to me that other family members have seen a change with their child’s behavior, as he has shown improvement in following direction and is more attentive when doing activities, compared to other times that they have visited the family.  Hearing this gives me a sense of accomplishment, especially because with Pathways, it has added to my knowledge on how to empower our parents on how to help their children that are on the Autism spectrum, and it helps us show another perspective of Project Ninos, since we now have the tools to help these families.  

~Liliana, Interventionist, IDEA Part C Early Intervention Program

Since my participation in the Pathways Parent Training Program, I have observed how increased parent involvement has had a positive impact on children who display characteristics of autism. The uniqueness of this Pathways program incorporates the teaching practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and profound parent involvement into a child’s daily routine. Parents are coached to use daily opportunities to teach and reward their child for their performances. This behavioral intervention does not only provide parents with an effective resource, but it also increases a parent’s confidence to improve their child’s social and communication skills. Since utilizing the pathways training program with my clients, I have seen the decrease of characteristics of autism. I have witnessed a young boy go from lacking joint attention, no eye contact and limited toy play, to now participating in social games with family members, imitating sounds, gestures and words, and using eye contact to request for objects. I am extremely grateful for Pathways Program! Renee and Michelle have provided us with a very valuable tool to reduce cascading effects that autism can have on a child.

~Angela, Interventionist, IDEA Part C Early Intervention Program

The Pathways Program has helped me as an Early Intervention Specialist in being able to help families use the tools necessary in order to create connections with their child. Pathways has been able to prepare me with any obstacles that I might face with families who seek answers to their questions about their child’s needs. Using the tools that Pathways has taught me, I have been able to coach and guide my families in being able to understand the unique characteristics that their child has and how to be able to get those first glances and first words. Pathways has been able to break down the skills helping parents to understand what Autism is and how to use these skills in ways to create those lasting connections. Renee and Michelle developed a wonderful program that really answers those questions that parents have. Pathways has been able to guide parents in the right path to get inside their child’s world.

~Jennifer, Interventionist, IDEA Part C Early Intervention Program

Renee and Michelle REALLY GET IT by understanding that infants and toddlers learn best within context of relationships and natural environments and routines. Early childhood service providers and Pathways fit perfectly by following; coaching, teaching, developmental focus, working in the natural environment, focusing on everyday activities and routines. Best of all, families have reported progress in a short period of time.

~Anisha, Program Director, IDEA Part C Early Intervention Program

General Questions:

Melissa Looney – 210-316-0462


Wendy Robinson – 817-913-3535

Program Specific Questions:

Please call your local ECI Agency