Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Center to Host Pathways to Independence Learning Disability Classes Starting March 14

Center for Hearing & Speech is teaming up with learning disability nonprofit Pathways to Independence to host two Social College classes this spring at the Center’s Rock Hill location.

Pathways to Independence (PTI) assists adults with complex learning disabilities, specific forms of autism and associated disorders that impact their social abilities. Their innovative programming supports clients as they discover new levels of confidence while connecting with friends and their communities. PTI helps participants set goals and challenge themselves to reach for their full potential.

PTI’s Social College features multi-session group education events, inspired by challenges that learning disability clients frequently face, that provide the opportunity to fine-tune their skills in a supportive environment.
Both the Center and Pathways to Independence provide help to adults with disabilities,” explained Gina Cato, Center chief speech-language pathologist.  Cato was the instructor for a prior PTI class.

“Before we started to work with Pathways to Independence in 2014, the Center provided individual language therapy to adults with disabilities in the area of social skills,” Cato said. “Now, with Social College, we can also help adults improve social language skills in a group environment.  A group environment provides a variety of opportunities to practice new conversation skills.”

“The Center will continue to provide individual language therapy when needed, and we are excited to work with Pathways to Independence for Social College,” Cato continued.  “In turn, clients from Pathways to Independence are welcome to seek individual therapy sessions when needed.”

“PTI’s Social College was developed because nothing like it exists in the St. Louis community, especially for the people we specifically support,” explained Craig Strohbeck, PTI’s Executive Director. “For those who are often caught in between living completely independently and living with more structured services, PTI’s program reinforces social knowledge, trains participants in how to apply that information and then helps them transfer those skills into community settings.” 

To enroll in Social College, a person must meet the eligibility criteria for PTI involvement.

For a copy of PTI's Social College class brochure, click on the link below:

 To register for these classes, contact the PTI office directly at or call 314-863-0202, ext. 4.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that in 2013 donated $1.75 million in speech/language, school screening and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities.

It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH Award.

The award is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.

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