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
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.
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)
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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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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)