A REAL, LIFE-LONG DIFFERENCE


Bridges helps you make a real, lifelong difference to children on the autism spectrum. The curriculum
is trusted by The National Autistic Society, as well as mainstream and specialist schools,
SENCOs, speech and language therapists, clinicians and teachers across the world.


The Bridges social curriculum has a practice based on evidence approach and was established over a 12-year
clinical development period. We have integrated best research evidence, our clinical expertise of over
40 years, as well as parental and child experiences and insights into every module and lesson.


Many professionals want to teach social skills systematically and proactively but don’t always have the training,
tools or time to plan lessons in their workday. Bridges provides lesson plans that work on social
understanding and skills in an effective and engaging way.



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OUR APPROACH



Being able to interpret the social world we live in helps children on the autism spectrum to manage how they interact and communicate. We believe that teaching social understanding in the way they think and learn best enables lasting positive outcomes.

Just like other academic subjects, learning social understanding and skills takes a structured, long-term approach. With Bridges, concepts are taught and built on one another over time to create a broad interconnected picture of how social interactions relate to each other. This helps children on the autism spectrum gain the in-depth understanding to interpret and respond more effectively to even the most complex social situations.


THE THEORY


The curriculum framework integrates the three core theories for understanding how children on the autism spectrum think and learn.




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8 COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOURAL TEACHING STRATEGIES


To ensure children learn social understanding with improved application and permanence of skills, every module:


    Provides social information

    Checks and reviews information

    Encourages buy-in

    Uses video modelling*

    Increases self-awareness*

    Develops perspective-taking

    Enables practicing through role-play

    Builds context awareness

*Research shows that positive gains come from the use of these strategies; specifically, in promoting independence in social functioning.


HOW BRIDGES WORKS


Each week a lesson plan is released for you to use with your students. You will be guided on how to prepare ahead of the lesson and how to use the learning materials, including videos, posters and interactive challenges. Parents also access an application platform, with content selected by you, so they can help embed the learning in real life.



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BRIDGES IN ACTION

Specialist speech and language therapist

“We are having a lot of fun with responding to differences in opinions and have noticed F is checking what others think all day long which means we have seen a huge increase in the number of initiations per day and extended reactions!”


Special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO)

“His confidence with peer interaction has improved. He can now say what he needs / wants appropriately – he can ask for help.”

Dr Jacqui Ashton Smith, Director of Education Development, The National Autistic Society, UK

“As a student of Dr Reuven Feuerstein I learnt that you need to understand how a child learns to be able to adapt your teaching to meet their learning style. ‘If a child can’t learn something, you haven’t identified how to teach that child yet’ Quote Feuerstein. The Bridges curriculum is designed and supported by clinicians who have in depth knowledge on how autistic children learn social understanding and therefore how to teach them these skills. A truly autism specific specialist programme.”



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