Bridge is a self-contained program for students on the Autism spectrum. The program is designed to increase students’ social awareness, gain academic knowledge, develop social skills and achieve success in the public school. The program consists of a special education teacher, instructional assistants and a weekly BCBA consult. In addition, students may receive speech & language, occupational therapy, physical therapy services as determined by each IEP Team to meet each student’s individual needs.
Methodology includes a combination of supported inclusion, discrete trial training and/or 1:1 instruction, small group activities, incidental teaching and community (middle/high school). The program is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a focus on reinforcement systems and consistent behavior management programs. The goal of the program is for students to increase their independent skills in all areas including academics, recreation, social, communication, self-care, motor, behavior management, as well as the generalization of these skills.