Critical life transitions such as preparing for high school, beginning college, or entering the workforce are difficult for everyone.
For youth with ASD and similar social-communication disorders, it is even more challenging given their social impairment,
which is very often accompanied by a significant lack of organizational skills and communication difficulties.
That is why we have created programs to address these specific challenges.
Because of their differences and challenges with social integration, youth with ASD often experience alienation. Parents sometimes begin to feel discouraged, because their child with special needs requires so much attention and direction in great contrast to their typical peers. Our programs are designed to help youth with ASD improve social functioning and support families as they guide their son or daughter through critical periods of adolescence and early adulthood.
Paths Academy provides a supportive, inclusive environment where young people with ASD and related social-communication disorders can enhance their social/communication skills, obtain educational support, and further develop their executive functioning skills. The program is delivered by professionally trained staff; utilizing a structured, facilitated curriculum; in age-appropriate groups and settings; where college interns serve as peer-mentors. In addition to classroom style lectures, students are provided opportunities to practice newly learned skills in the real world in the safety of their peer group and under the supervision and coaching of their Paths Facilitator.
The program is delivered in a series of independent short sessions, each focused on specific information and related to a particular area of functioning. Paths is offered ongoing throughout the year and is conducted in a number of sites centrally located throughout the community.
*Click on the Paths Academy Now link (under the "Core Programs" tab) to view and register for current courses.