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FirstPath Autism

October 30, 2015 09:00 ET

FirstPath™ Autism Delivers "Lifeline" to Parents/Professionals With First-Time, Affordable Access to Proven Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-Based Treatments

Online Access to an Extensive Video Lesson Library; Live, Unlimited Phone Support From Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Professionals, 14-Day Free Trial Offer and Comprehensive Blog

TURLOCK, CA--(Marketwired - October 30, 2015) - A simple question inspired the creation of FirstPath Autism: "Why are the keys to effective and affordable autism treatment being kept from parents or care providers?" About 1 in 68 children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and ASD reportedly occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.* Given this reach, one would think a wealth of well-vetted treatment options and resources are readily available. However, the current high cost of therapy and endless layers of policy inhibiting access present an agonizing and formidable barrier. FirstPath Autism, launching now, bridges the gap between parents and care providers having access to clinically proven, effective, and affordable ABA services for the treatment of autism.

Parents with newly diagnosed children are overwhelmed with information and often experience difficulty obtaining the proper treatment for their children's needs. In response, Autism treatment expert, Romina Kiryakous, has developed FirstPath Autism, a comprehensive online support and treatment program for parents and professionals. ABA intensive skills training and behavioral management is known as the "gold-standard" for autism treatment and is currently the most widely covered treatment for autism by most insurance companies.

As founder of Genesis Behavior Center in Turlock, CA, Kiryakous has devoted her life to ABA-based autism treatment. The Genesis Center has treated a broad range of children with autism for the past 12 years and has achieved an astounding 85%-95% improvement rate.** Her goal for developing FirstPath Autism is to provide support and affordable access to the effective training techniques of ABA to parents, caregivers, teachers, school counselors, regional centers, funding sources, pediatricians, insurance companies and psychologists so more children with autism can benefit.

"I created FirstPath Autism to offer much-needed, unlimited support and access to the secret of the ABA treatment for parents, caregivers and professionals," said FirstPath Autism Founder, Romina Kiryakous. "FirstPath Autism is a user-friendly version of ABA that is easy to understand and implement accurately and consistently," adds Kiryakous. "Children with autism are tremendously gifted; you just need to learn their language and how to teach them. When ABA techniques are applied the way FirstPath Autism teaches, the child in your life with autism will achieve amazing milestones, be able to function more independently, and care givers will get an ongoing helping hand."

FirstPath Autism's self-guided videos include progressive, comprehensive training lessons that are accessible anywhere -- from home, school or the office via desktop or laptop, tablet or mobile devices. The ABA-based training helps improve functional communication, self-help, social and pre-academic skills, and much more. The video lessons teach therapy strategies and techniques that can be implemented alongside professional treatment, or as stand-alone options if it is the only resource available to parents and care providers. FirstPath Autism's video lessons also serve as an ideal training model for anyone who works with a child with autism.

FirstPath Autism video lessons include:
Behavior management

  • Tantrums/Meltdowns
  • Self-stimulatory behavior
  • Self-injurious
  • Non-compliance
  • Bolting
  • Aggression

Learning skills

  • Learning readiness
  • Imitation skills
  • Labeling skills
  • Advanced labeling skills
  • Visual performance skills
  • Reading skills
  • Pre-math skills

Social skills

  • Conversation training
  • Advanced conversation training
  • Theory of mind

Life skills

  • Self-help skills
  • Community safety

Play skills

FirstPath Autism Phone Support Service:
The FirstPath Autism support service, can be thought of as an "Autism-lifeline," providing a broad range of help from ABA professionals which includes live, unlimited phone support (9am-5pm PST) for individualized solutions and problem solving. FirstPath Autism brings vital and easily accessible help to parents immediately following an autism diagnosis, when navigating treatment options can be daunting and confusing. The phone support can be a backbone for parents as questions arise throughout the treatment process, or when families, teachers or therapists are challenged with highly stressful social behaviors.

FirstPath Autism subscription offers:

  • Video Lessons library: 49 ABA-based training videos to improve behaviors and skills
  • Live, unlimited support: Ongoing phone support from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) professionals
  • Affordable ABA: Videos teach ABA methods used in autism treatment schools that cost thousands per year
  • Free trial offer: Free 14-Day Trial and post-trial subscription cost of $49/month
  • Access anywhere: Videos are accessible via desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices
  • Efficiency: The ABA video lessons are 4-11 minutes long and when coupled with a small investment of time each day help children develop the behaviors and skills they need
  • Comprehensive blog: Ongoing autism tips/insights via FirstPath Autism blog

Nutt Family Story: How ABA reinforcement at home helped one family
"My child was kicked out of numerous preschools, the school district was talking about institutionalization and my son was only five years old. We had tried everything: Nothing worked. ABA taught us to analyze inappropriate behaviors to find the reason for the behavior and then teach a replacement behavior that serves the same function. My son is now 16 years old. He has a driver's license, a bank account, and a job. He attends college courses as part of his high school curriculum studying computer graphics. I would definitely, 1000% recommend FirstPath Autism, without hesitation. I would do it all again for my son."
Read the Nutt Family Story

About FirstPath Autism:
FirstPath Autism is an organization dedicated to the education, training, and awareness of evidence-based autism treatment developed by the Founder, Romina Kiryakous at the Genesis Behavior Center in Turlock, CA. The treatment practiced at Genesis is based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most widely covered treatment for autism by insurance companies. In 2015, Kiryakous developed FirstPath Autism, a personalized online education, support, and training program dedicated to the parents and caregivers of children with autism. The goal of FirstPath Autism is to offer an autism lifeline to parents and to help care givers better serve children with autism.

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*Estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network
**Based on 5 years of working 35-40 hours per week

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