A neurodiverse pathway for foundational understanding and acceptance

Exceptional diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults.

We are: your partner in the first step of the journey of seeking or ruling out a diagnosis.

We know: that your family member is so much more than a medical diagnosis.

We have: a supportive, caring, and holistic view of each individual child as they relate to and discover the environments in which they live, work, and play.

what is pathways

the first step

Pathways guides families and individuals in gaining better understanding around developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder [ASD], Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD], and other Intellectual and Developmental concerns. We respectfully evaluate and work alongside you and your family to provide trusted, evidence-based treatment recommendations and maximize the potential of your child.

meet dr. andrea howard

your partner

“We are so excited to extend our resources and services to ease the burden of year-long wait times and fill the gap for families struggling to receive a diagnosis and treatment for their child,” said Angela West, Chief Clinical Officer, Behavioral Framework. “Dr. Howard is an incredible addition to our Behavioral Framework family and our mission, and we look forward to offering long-awaited answers and assistance to families across the DMV area.”

“I am honored to join the Behavioral Framework mission of providing exceptional and compassionate care to children and their families. Pathways will benefit countless families in Virginia, Maryland, and DC communities to receive the answers they have been longing for.”

Dr. Andrea Howard, Ph.D., Child Psychologist and Program Lead for Pathways.

what you can expect

Pathways promises

Clinicians at Pathways pride themselves on ensuring that families feel heard throughout the assessment process, including parents and other keystone caregivers.

We bring you the gold standard in diagnostic experiences, including:

Your child and entire family will be treated with utmost respect, taking into account the strengths of the individual, family and culture;

You and your child will have access to evidence -based treatments and critical community supports regardless of diagnosis;

All our parents will feel supported and empowered to take the next steps to support their children;

Your family will receive a comprehensive, thorough, and accessible report that can be used immediately to access services and better understand your child.

Supporting you every step of the way

comprehensive care

Pathways uses gold standard assessments (including ADOS-2) and is able to evaluate the following domains:

Cognitive Functioning
Adaptive Functioning
Social-Emotional Development
Social Communication Skills
Attentional Control
Academic Achievement
Executive Functioning
Behavioral Concerns
Parent Stress & Family Dynamics


start the conversation

We are insurance experts. In addition to self pay options we do accept insurance. If you don’t require a referral, please call us for more details.