Pathways is a life-changing and transformational program for children and adults with Down Syndrome.

All people have the right to live, love, work, play, and pursue their life aspirations in their community.

Overview

Pathways offers interdisciplinary, family-centered therapeutic services to promote long-term success to people with Down syndrome. The Pathways team includes an occupational therapist (OT), a speech-language pathologist (SLP), and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The therapy team works by bringing together their unique yet complementary perspectives to help support skill acquisition across the home and community. Pathways utilizes the Down Syndrome Innovations’ Lifespan Framework to guide goals and interventions across services.

From in-depth comprehensive programming designed to provide education and strategies to caregivers, to direct programming designed to address a specific area of need, Pathways offers a variety of services to meet the needs of people with Down syndrome and their families.  The Pathways team also works with other Down Syndrome Innovations staff to help generalize skills into group programming and beyond.

At Down Syndrome Innovations, the term “self-advocates” is used to refer to people with Down syndrome. This is intentional because we want our participants to ultimately find their voice, have their own dreams, and make their own choices.

If you or your loved one has a diagnosis of Down syndrome, Pathways has something to offer. Services include a range from working with self-advocates to supporting caregivers. Working from a strength-based perspective, Pathways does not require standardized assessment scores to determine eligibility. The Pathways team believes that everyone is a lifelong learner and deserves unlimited opportunities for growth. Pathways services are designed to meet the unique needs of each family.

To find which program meets your family’s needs, please see the program descriptions below.  After reviewing the information provided, please feel free to contact Megan DeBoom, Director of Therapeutic Services, for additional information.

After completing the Pathways enrollment process, your family gains access to the Pathways portal for life! This tool is a one-stop, online tool for scheduling Pathways appointments, communicating with the Pathways team, storing Pathways documentation, and accessing individualized therapeutic resources and materials. Your family is encouraged to upload IEPs, medical reports, videos, and/or photos that help the Pathways team further address your family’s unique priorities and needs.

Pathways clinic hours are comparable to pediatrician hours: Standard weekday business with occasional evening clinic hours, and this may require missing school hours for appointments. Scheduling can be done months in advance to secure preferred dates. Upon request, a letter of Pathways attendance can be provided to the school.

All services provided on-site occur at 5916 Dearborn Street Mission, KS 66202 unless stated otherwise by the lead therapist.

– Review all of the content in this LEARN MORE section of this website

– Express interest or direct questions to Megan Deboom, Director of Therapeutic Services, if you are not ready to enroll.

–  Click on ENROLL on the homepage

– Megan DeBoom, Director of Therapeutic Services, will contact you to discuss your enrollment and to move forward in the process of receiving Pathways services.

Pathways Service Menu

Single Evaluation

Informal assessment, involving one therapist focused on a targeted area of development, to gain information on current level of development, medical history, areas of growth, caregiver priorities and concerns, in order to set goals and determine necessary interventions.

  • # of Sessions: 1
  • Actual Cost: $225
  • Member Price: $100

Interdisciplinary Evaluation

Informal assessment, involving two therapists focused on multiple areas of development, to gain information on current level of development, medical history, areas of growth, caregiver priorities and concerns, in order to set goals and determine necessary interventions.

  • # of Sessions: 1
  • Actual Cost: $375
  • Member Price: $160

Single Therapeutic Skill-Building 

Direct therapy with one licensed therapist with individualized intervention for targeted outcomes. The focus is building skills for daily life in the home and community. Includes direct support as well as parent/caregiver coaching. Weekly or biweekly sessions. On-site or teletherapy.

Option 1

  • # of Sessions: 12
  • Actual Cost: $900
  • Member Price: $480

Option 2

  • # of Sessions: 24
  • Actual Cost: $1800
  • Member Price: $960

Option 3

  • # of Sessions: 36
  • Actual Cost: $2700
  • Member Price: $1440

Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Skill-Building

Direct therapy with one licensed therapist with individualized intervention for targeted outcomes. The focus is building skills for daily life in the home and community. Includes direct support as well as parent/caregiver coaching. Weekly or biweekly sessions. On-site or teletherapy.

Option 1

  • # of Sessions: 12
  • Actual Cost: $1800
  • Member Price: $720

Option 2

  • # of Sessions: 24
  • Actual Cost: $3600
  • Member Price: $1440

Option 3

  • # of Sessions: 36
  • Actual Cost: $5400
  • Member Price: $2160

Social Engagement

Social Engagement focuses on providing a supported environment where self-advocates can learn and practice social skills. Utilizing group instruction, a member of the therapy team meets with self-advocates of similar ages and skills to work on initiating conversations, conversational turn-taking, staying on topic, understanding hidden rules, and so much more.

  • # of Sessions: 8
  • Actual Cost: $600
  • Member Price: $200

Ready, Set, Regulate

Therapeutic small group, designed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and targeted for children in elementary school and early middle school. The goal of the group is to learn and practice social skills such as taking turns, following group instructions, and managing big emotions.

  • # of Sessions: 8
  • Actual Cost: $600
  • Member Price: $200

On-Demand Therapeutic Consultation

A therapeutic session with one therapist and parent/caregiver(s) on a targeted need related to supporting the person in the family who has Down syndrome. Education, resources, and strategies are individualized to the family’s needs. Additional services may be recommended beyond consultation to address ongoing needs.

  • # of Sessions: 1-3
  • Actual Cost: $75
  • Member Price: $40

Long-Term Planning Consultation

Individualized support to parents and caregivers to better prepare their family for the transition to adulthood and the adult years.  Direction is provided to help families access their local CDDO, ID/DD services, public benefits, and other community resources. We help prioritize action steps according to the age of the person with DS and the family’s specific context.

  • # of Sessions: 3
  • Actual Cost: $300
  • Member Price: $120