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Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Pathways Academy

Pathways Academy combines a variety of interventions such as occupational therapy, sensory integration, transitions skills, speech and language therapy, pragmatic language and thinking classes, problem-solving strategies throughout the day, crisis intervention, and academic support to help the students integrate their experiences in a useful way as they go through their school day.

The Pathways Academy therapeutic school model also addresses social skills, which serves as one of the core features of the program. The clinical team leads pragmatic classes, focusing on areas of concern related to student’s individual needs and diagnosis. These social and adaptive pragmatic skills include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Pathway AcademySocial perception and awareness
  • Initiating, formulating, and maintaining social and interpersonal relationships
  • Respect for self and others
  • Awareness and governing internal emotional states
  • Independence; organizational and planning skills
  • Time management
  • Appropriate interactions / social scripts associated with variety of social environments
  • How to cope with various stressors associated with community outings

Additionally, social pragmatic skills are addressed through incidental teaching opportunities, both within the classroom setting and the school milieu.

Moreover, Pathways Academy provides the opportunity to generalize these learned skills, through social outings. Clinicians provide additional services such as pair (dyad) therapy and classroom/individual pragmatic training services.