Like all their peers, autistic children spend years learning a subject that is vital for life in the real world: Maths! And years it should be because Maths is complicated.

How about their social learning? It’s complicated too!

Without the ‘road map’ of how social interaction works, the anxiety, confusion and social isolation that may arise can lead to lowered performance in school and sometimes, school refusal.



Weekly lesson plans provide the child with long term learning – supported by social posters, videos, activities and charts, role plays, quizzes and interactive challenges. Concepts are built on one another and repeated in different ways so the learning sticks.


A broad picture is built of how social interactions relate to each other to help the child more easily interpret complex situations.


The content fits the unique way the child thinks and learns. Gained from insights in teaching and listening to able autistic children and their parents over 12 years of curriculum development.


As part of an evidence-based framework, Baseline and Progress Measures are provided for each Learning Module to reflect improvements in the child’s learning.


A process of learning that can be managed at the child’s own pace. Different activities in a Lesson can be applied across more than one session to best fit the child’s learning time in school, clinic or at home.


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.



What changes can you expect to see if you use the Bridges curriculum
with your child? Our research and feedback shows key outcomes include:

  • LISTENING:    Children enrolled on the course listen better to adults (especially parents) and follow their directions. They pay more attention to other people when they talk.

  • INDEPENDENCE :    Our children show more independence in self-care and daily living – positive steps for adult life.

  • UNDERSTANDING OTHERS:   Children using Bridges are better at accepting that people have different ideas. They don’t get as upset with disagreements. They make an effort to think about other people and compromise with friends.
  • EXPRESSING THEMSELVES:   Our children communicate more effectively and use language more flexibly. They share ideas and stand up for themselves.

  • UNDERSTANDING THEMSELVES:    Children who have undertaken the lessons are better at recognising, understanding and managing their own feelings.

  • SOCIABILITY:    Children on the course are more likely to make friends with and without help from parents. They become better at communicating with other children of the same age.