Pathways ABA endeavours to provide each child with the skills to approach the world with independence, choice, and access to every possible opportunity


What is Applied Behaviour Analysis?

Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) is a science dedicated to the understanding and improvement of socially significant behaviour. Using a range of teaching methods and interventions ABA strives to teach new skills, reduce challenging behaviour, and generalise behaviour across settings and situations. There is over 40 years of research demonstrating the effectiveness of ABA as a treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

An ABA program at Pathways ABA provides the client with an individualised program that focuses on the goals of the client. The program may address goals across a range of developmental domains including: communication, social skills, play skills, personal independence and self-care, and motor skills. The program may also focus on reduction of behaviours that are interfering with learning or are detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the client.

Comprehensive ABA Program:

A comprehensive program provides the client with a package that targets a range of developmental domains and goals.

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Targeted ABA Program:

A targeted ABA program provides the client with a package that targets a specific skill or behaviour (e.g. toileting, eating, sleeping).

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Behaviour Consultation:

A behaviour consultation provides the client and family with a package that addresses a specific behaviour. 

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Hayley Coles is a behaviour specialist with over 8 years experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Hayley has a Masters of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism from The Sage Colleges (New York).

Hayley began her career in ABA over 8 years ago when she commenced employment as an in-home therapist with children with autism. Across the years, she progressed into the role of Senior Behaviour Therapist and then Program Supervisor at the Lizard Children’s Centre in Sydney. Whilst working with the Lizard Centre she also supervised the Social Skills Program. Hayley was then offered the opportunity to move into the role of Senior Centre Clinician at the Lizard Children’s Centre in Adelaide. In 2017, Hayley decided to move back to Newcastle to be closer to her home town of Nelson Bay and has since founded Pathways ABA.

Hayley has a vast range of experience working with children between the ages of 18 months and 14 years. She has provided both in-centre and in-home therapy and has also consulted with schools and other professionals. Hayley is particularly passionate about teaching functional communication skills, reducing challenging behaviour, and increasing personal independence skills.

Hayley Coles