What is Pathways Strategic Teaching Center?
Pathways Strategic Teaching Center located in Coventry, Rhode Island is a comprehensive education and treatment program servicing children with autism and related disorders. Founded in 1998 through a collaborative effort between Trudeau a human service organization and local parents of children with autism, Pathways is committed to utilizing scientifically validated teaching strategies to improve the lives of children with autism and their families. The organization is Pathways Strategic Teaching Center, a division of The Trudeau Center. The school is for students with special needs, aged 3-22, who are diagnosed with Autism and other related disorders. Students are instructed based on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis and receive speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, adapted physical education, and other support services as needed.https://trudeaucenter.org/pathways-strategic-teaching-center/
Bluebee Pal Project and Autism
The founder of Bluebee Pals, Laura Jiencke met Megan Broz (Assistive Technology Professional) at the November Boston ASHA Conference and discussed Pathways Strategic Teaching Centers participating in the Bluebee Pals Project. Ms. Broz works with children with Autism in preschool classrooms and requested the opportunity for her staff to utilize Bluebee Pals as an assistive technology tool in a variety of speech/language and occupational therapy programs.
Pathways Strategic School
As a school for children with Autism and developmental delays, we are always seeking new and motivating ways to engage our students. During classroom groups facilitated by speech pathology and occupational therapy, our students were all introduced to Bluebee pals – and it was a hit! Students were following directions given by Lily the Lamb, dressing her for the season, and interacting with both her and others in the classroom. Some students requested to have more time with Lily and enjoyed exploring ways to “play” with her. Students of all ages found ways to interact with Bluebee pals, many demonstrating increased motivation in and attention to the activities. Bluebee was not a replacement for the people involved, just a support to the human interactions that were already occurring. It was great, and we are continuing to develop activities to use with Bluebee pals! We are also really excited to explore the Bluebee Pal App!
Meghan K. Broz, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP: Pathways Strategic Teaching Center-Coventry, Rhode Island