About Us

About Pathways Early Intervention

Pathways Early Intervention is a mobile behaviour intervention service based in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley, and Port Stephens regions. We provide in-home Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) intervention to teach and support children between the ages of 18 months to 12 years. Pathways Early Intervention provides a range of individualised services, including:

  • Early intensive behaviour intervention for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and related developmental disabilities
  • Skill building behaviour intervention for school aged children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and related developmental disabilities
  • Consultation services around a range of common difficulties, including toilet training, sleep struggles, and challenging behaviour

All programs at Pathways EI are overseen by passionate Board Certified Behaviour Analysts. Our clinicians endeavour to teach each child the skills they need to approach the world with independence, choice, and access to every possible opportunity.

Hayley Coles


Hayley is the Clinical Director and a Behaviour Consultant at Pathways Early Intervention. She studied a Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism at the Sage Colleges (New York) and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Hayley has been supporting children and their families, using the principles of ABA, since 2009 and has a vast range of experience working with children between the ages of 18 months and 16 years. She has provided both in-centre and in-home services and has also consulted with many schools, preschools and other professionals. Hayley is passionate about providing high quality, evidence-based intervention, and has a special interest in teaching communication and language, and increasing personal independence skills.

Hayley was recently excited to contribute to the course development for the Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis course sequence at Monash University in Victoria.

In her spare time, Hayley enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her pup Rosie, and reading a good book!

Hayley Coles
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Hannah Morris

Behaviour Technician

Hannah is a Behaviour Technician at Pathways Early Intervention. She graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor in Psychological Science and is presently undertaking a Masters in Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis, through Monash University.

Hannah started her journey into the world of Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2015 and has been utilising the principles in both her professional career and through her studies. Hannah has experience working with children between the ages of 5-13 years of age. She also has experience in providing in-home one-on-one sessions, consulting with schools and supporting her clients to access the community with success. Hannah is passionate about supporting all children to reach their full potential and looks forward to continuing to use the principles of ABA to do this.

In her downtime, Hannah loves to keep active and is an avid jogger. She also likes checking out different and new coffee places in the area with her friends.

Tania Funk

Behaviour Technician

Tania is a Behaviour Technician at Pathways Early Intervention. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Psychological Science with distinction and is currently studying a Masters of Teaching (Primary).

Tania obtained her Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) credential whilst working in Canada for 1.5 years using ABA with kids between the ages of 3-8; receiving regular supervision from occupational therapists, speech therapists and BCBAs on a number of multidisciplinary teams. Tania is familiar delivering services 1:1 in-home and in-centre and has also worked regularly in ‘dyad’ or ‘paired’ settings to improve turn-taking, social and communication skills with peers. Tania enjoys the reward in seeing kids learn, grow, improve their skills and their look of pride and accomplishment when they learn something new.

In her leisure time, Tania enjoys beach walks, fruit smoothies with friends, snorkelling and adventuring into nature.