Independent autism experts from AT-Autism completed an external evaluation of the Bridges social curriculum that looked at downstream implications for ‘quality of life’.
The evaluation was led by Richard Mills, a Senior Associate and Adviser to the AT-Autism board. He is a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath.
Richard was with the National Autistic Society initially as Director of Services and later as Director of Research, a joint appointment with Research Autism.
The results of the evaluation concluded that:
Bridges recognises the underlying social difficulties commonly found in autism but does not accept that these are fixed; and the social, emotional and psychological consequences able autistic children experience are not an inevitable part of their diagnosis.
The level of harm, in terms of anxiety, anger or depression, that is likely to happen to these children is foreseeable and well documented but sadly are not always recognised at an early stage.
Bridges is about equipping the child with positivity and the skills and confidence for school and ultimately for life.
Bridging The Gap was published in the Bulletin, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, November 2019.
Peter Berrill, Head of Therapy, shares his experience of implementing the Bridges social curriculum with autistic children within an educational setting and the outcomes achieved.