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Toni M. Schulken, MS, OTR/L 

Pathways For Learning, Inc. and Pathways For Learning Products, Inc., are dedicated to increasing writing literacy across the world so that every child can succeed!

Pathways For Learning, Inc., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a pediatric occupational therapy practice that has been helping children reach their full potential since 1998. It offers the most up-to-date therapy practices with therapists who are highly trained and experienced. The team specializes in the treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, perceptual motor, oculomotor, handwriting difficulties, written expression, writing fluency, processing speed, and overall fine and gross motor development.

Pathways For Learning Products, Inc. began with the development of the patented Grotto Grip® in 2003. The mission of Pathways For Learning Products is to help children, parents, teachers and therapists discover writing success™ through the development and distribution of patented and patent pending products, community education, and research. All efforts are guided by the philosophy that handwriting and written expression are complex physical, emotional, and cognitive tasks which have many underlying components that must be carefully considered and integrated into our products. The company strives to maintain consistency in product quality and presentation, and to make writing easier to teach and easier to learn™. 

Pathways For Learning, Inc. and Pathways for Learning Products, Inc. are both owned by Toni Schulken. Toni is a pediatric occupational therapist, inventor, president of both Pathways For Learning companies, and a proud mother of six children. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a BA in Child Development: Mental Health Specialist Option in 1990. She earned her MS in Occupational Therapy: Pediatric Tract from Towson University in 1995. She is an expert in her field in the areas of handwriting, fine and perceptual motor treatment, and sensory processing disorder. She has worked with thousands of children in public and private schools, homes, hospitals, and private therapy clinics. Toni is a published author in Dysphasia and Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. She was awarded her first patent on June 21, 2005 for the Grotto Grip®. Toni speaks nationally to teachers, parents and occupational therapists on the subjects of sensory integration and handwriting. She also teaches occupational therapy continuing education courses in the area of screening, evaluating and treating handwriting deficits using a multi-sensory and perceptual motor approach. Toni was also the early writing consultant to MeadWestvaco Consumer & Office Products, now ACCO Brands, for which she developed the products for their Writing Fundamentals by Mead® line. Most importantly, she has a passion for working with children and helping them reach their full potential. 

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