In Social Understanding

Bridges offers an adult-directed curriculum that develops social understanding seamlessly starting from the basic concepts at the Intermediate Level to the more complex at the Advanced. It is for able children and young people with social difficulties (e.g. autism spectrum disorder).

The teaching strategies used in the curriculum:

  • Provide social information

  • Facilitate Self-awareness/self-monitoring*

  • Encourage Perspective-taking skills

  • Use Video Modelling*

  • Incorporate Role Play Practice

  • Teach Context Sensitivity

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

Enabling Positive Outcomes For Children And Young People With An Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Evidenced-Based Practice

Baseline and Progress Measures are part of every Learning Module.

Parent Involvement

A critical factor in generalisation that contributes to permanence of skills.


Beyond the Limitations of Short-Term Social
Skills Intervention:
Working to Make a Difference That Sustains.

“…the limits of isolated social skills training over brief periods of time have been reached.” (Strain & Hoyson, 2000)

We have found that implementing short-term programmes addresses only the tip of the iceberg of social functioning. Current research highlights poor generalisation and maintenance of skills.


An Online Curriculum for Social Understanding and Social Skills.

Over the years, children and young people who used the curriculum have shown significant improvements in social, communication and emotional development, independence and friendship.

Social learning that progressively adapts to different levels of maturity.

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Our Members:

The Professional Training Programme with the Neurodiversity Centre, South Africa received an overwhelmingly positive response. We look forward to our continued collaboration as we seek to improve social and communication outcomes for children and young people on the autism spectrum.

“This is wonderful because it treats social interaction as a subject full of information to be learnt – exactly what we have been wanting!”

“Anyone who understands how the Asperger mind thinks and learns will know that there is no curriculum like this!”
“The curriculum is broken into minute understandable parts – easy to interpret, easy to use. Thank you for putting all your years of experience into an easy-to-understand programme.”

For more information on teaching social understanding in Southern Africa using the Bridges Social Curriculum, contact:

A parent Nicole and her 6 year old Asperger son

“The Teaching Dashboard has been very easy to use. It’s very user-friendly and easy to navigate to the various areas in the programme. Luca has engaged well with the content – His only complaint is that he has to wait 7 days to complete the next Lesson, so that’s positive!

He understands how the curriculum will help him to get along with others in a social environment like school and in work one day which motivates him through the programme. In fact, on days when he comes home from school or play dates which have been socially challenging he’ll often say – “I think we need to do more Bridges mom!”.

Module 1 has given him the words and thoughts to deal with accepting peoples different points of view/opinions and the school teachers are also really enjoying accessing the teaching posters on the Student Dashboard to understand what we are busy with and to help him apply it in the school environment.”

Nicole – Parent

(Western Cape, South Africa)

Speech Pathology Australia National Conference in Sydney, May 2017.


Delighted to have been a part of the largest attended

    conference Speech Pathology Australia has had.

Looking forward to the SPA National Conference in Adelaide, 2018.

Specialist Teacher

Mrs Lee