PATH stands for Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope. The PATH is a way to develop a person-centered plan through drawing and graphics. Sometimes using drawings helps people participate in the process. Here’s just one example. Remember that the student should always be at the center of the discussion, and if possible, lead the discussion.

The picture above talks about What is happening now? What does the individual need? What actions need to be taken? What are positive qualities? What are their goals? What’s the vision and who can help? PATHs are usually led by two people called, facilitators. One person who runs the process of developing the PATH looks at the vision and asks the team questions. The other person creates a graphic record of what is being talked about. Some PATHs focus on long-term goals and include one-year, five-year, and ten-year goals so that you and your child can see the progress and develop action steps to meet the long-term goal.

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