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Pathways to Independence

Address: 200 S. Hanley, Suite 103 
                 Clayton, MO 63105

Phone: (314) 863-0202

Fax: NA 

Email: office@ptistl.org

Website: www.ptistl.org

Description:
Since 1987, Pathways to Independence (PTI) has been helping adults with complex learning disabilities, specific forms of autism and associated disorders that impact their social abilities.  Our innovative programming supports clients as they discover new levels of confidence while connecting with friends and their communities.  We help our participants set goals and challenge themselves to reach for their full potential.

Social and Community Skills Development:
Pathways to Independence (PTI) is the only agency in the St. Louis area for group social development specifically providing supports for adults age 18 and over with complex learning disabilities, certain autism spectrum disorders (such as those formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD-NOS that are now classified as Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder), and other associated disorders that impact social competence. PTI focuses on helping participants develop social interaction, community engagement, “soft skills” and transportation skills that are commonly difficult for individuals with these diagnoses. Staff assists participants in developing new peer relationships, maintaining peer relationships, appropriate social interactions, boundary issues, and addresses individual communication issues during leisure-based community activities that are held each month in various locations. To accommodate the schedules of our working participants, most learning opportunities are held during evening and weekend hours. PTI offers individuals the opportunity to attend group educational and social practice activities in the community, communicated through a monthly activity calendar. Participants provide ongoing input that guides the planning of group activities.