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.
All services will be offered virtually at this time. Individual and small group services may be offered on-site at the DSG Lifespan Campus based on therapist discretion, current community guidelines, DSG guidelines, and advice from local health officials.
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 Guild’s 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 DSG staff to help generalize skills into group programming and beyond.
At DSG, 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 are provided on-site in the Pathways Clinic in the Down Syndrome Guild unless stated otherwise by the lead therapist: 5960 Dearborn, Mission, KS 66202.
– 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.
– Submit online Pathways Enrollment Form here or 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.