Pathways.org provides FREE tools to maximize all children’s motor, sensory,
and communication development.
We accomplish these goals by:
- Creating FREE educational materials on the importance of early detection and early intervention, under the direction of the Pathways.org Medical Roundtable and in collaboration with our staff and outside experts.
- Offering best practices in physical, occupational, and speech therapy services at our state-of-the-art pediatric therapy clinic in Glenview, IL.
- Working to promote inclusion in houses of worship and other areas of the community.
All of the Pathways.org educational materials are shared freely on this website. The navigation is designed so that information can be found by searching for a specific age, topic, or type of material.
How We Became Known as Pathways.org
Until 1980, many people believed the brain was fixed and unchanging, destined to decline as people aged. In the early to mid-‘80s, however, more studies were published showing the brain is, in fact, ever changing. Meaning it constantly changes and adjusts, even during adulthood. We now refer to this concept as neuroplasticity.
Pathways.org adopted the neuroplasticity theory early and even named the organization in reference to this amazing discovery. While the brain changes throughout our lives, it’s particularly flexible during childhood when numerous fresh connections and “paths” are formed in response to receiving new sensory information. These paths are known as synapses. Synapses connect brain cells – otherwise known as neurons – and allow for information to be sent amongst the cells. At birth, children have about 2,500 synapses per neuron, but by two or three-years old, they’ve developed about 15,000 synapses per neuron. That’s a huge jump! The formation of these new synapses is important because the more synapses we have, the better our brains function.
Pathways.org recognized that children constantly develop new “paths” and, even if one path is blocked or delayed, another path can be unlocked or learned. Pediatric therapy can help children build new “pathways” that lead to better sensory, motor, and communication skills. As the concept of neuroplasticity caught on, so did Pathways.org’s mission to help improve children’s sensory, motor, and communication skills. We’ve been leading the way in child development ever since.