About Bridges

Who We Are

Bridges Consulting was born out of a desire to fill a gap in supports for children with a range of developmental disabilities whose needs weren’t being met by the system. Since opening our doors in 2012, we’ve approached meeting those needs through skill development that is inclusive, dynamic and innovative. Out of our initial program, and in response to family requests, our agency has grown and evolved. Today we provide meaningful, targeted supports for our clients, with the primary focus on building the foundations of social skills, behaviour and language needed for success.

To achieve this, we provide small group programming and individual consultation. We also empower families with learning strategies designed to foster meaningful inclusion for their children in their homes and communities. Our approach is governed by research-based practices focused on applying strategies based in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Our Beliefs

MISSION
Put children and families first as we work to support them in reaching their potential.

VISION
Building the capacity of every individual and family we serve as we work to support them reaching their potential.

VALUES
Bridges is a people company. All of the individuals who are part of our organization – including our clients, their families and our team – are the heart of what we do. We keep this at the forefront of our work by valuing: 

  • The role of the family as the first and most consistent support in a child’s life.
  • Family-centred planning with supports focused on improving the child’s outcomes both now and in the future.
  • Collaboration with families and the community to build successful and supportive teams.
  • The potential for all children to make meaningful gains when the right supports are in place.
  • Fostering an environment of innovation, teamwork and inclusion.
  • Transparency, integrity and respect as the foundation of all working relationships.

What are Social Skills?

Social skills are the tools we use to interact with others. They help us establish relationships, better understand ourselves and fine-tune our ability to adjust to a particular situation. Most of us practice social skills every day without thinking about it. We get increasingly better at having meaningful conversations and picking up on non-verbal cues like tone, figures of speech, facial expressions and body language. Using our developing social skills, we learn to take turns, ask questions, regulate our emotions and feel connected to others. These social skills help us become confident, adaptable and happy people who are easy to get along with. 

This doesn’t come easily to all children, which has absolutely nothing to do with academic intelligence. It just means that building and refining social skills requires a specific, structured teaching approach. It needs to happen in a controlled and supportive environment that moves at their pace. The learning environment needs to break down social skills into smaller, meaningful opportunities to interact with others and embrace the belief that mistakes are part of the process.

This is what we do at Bridges. 

Leveraging established relationships with our community partners, we strategically group children with their typically developing peer models. In a framework designed to foster appropriate control, location, activity and structure, our facilitators are able to help children maximize their learning and empower them to feel genuinely comfortable, competent and confident in social situations.

DIVERSITY
is having a seat at the table.

INCLUSION 
is having a voice.

BELONGING 
is having that voice be heard.

We're a People Company

Summer 2020 is shaping up to be a unique time for our community and families. Bridges Consulting has everything in place to meet our families’ needs with summer programming that’s safe, flexible and fun. Expecting that we will need to adapt to what we have offered in the past, we’re preparing three options for families to choose from.

MEET OUR TEAM

Who We Are

Bridges believes in a family-centred approach to helping children gain the skills they need to reach their potential. The focus is on building the children's success skills through meaningful, targeted supports.

We provide small group programming and individual consultation and support to families with children who have a range of developmental deficits.

Our primary focus is on building the foundations of social thinking, behaviour and language needed for success. Our approach is governed by research-based practices and Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Our Locations

Lethbridge
290-104 13 Street North, T1H 2R4
Phone: (587) 425-4211

Pincher Creek
714 Main Street, T0K 1W0
Phone: (403) 904-5081

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