Social Skills Programs
A place of belonging
Social skills are vital for building relationships, making friends, self-esteem and long-term success with a sense of belonging. Sadly, this is not something that comes easily to many individuals on the autism spectrum. This is why a significant part of our efforts is dedicated to social skills development.
We’ve designed our social skills programs within the framework of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA). This helps us to provide targeted supports that are meaningful for the changing needs of various age groups.
Within that framework, we nurture an inclusive and welcoming environment where youth can improve their social and emotional skills with their same-age peers. While this environment is thoughtfully programmed to improve social awareness and peer relationships, the youth we work with are engaged in fun and meaningful activity.
Our social skills programming framework is purposefully designed based on research and best practices and is led by trained ABA interventionists.
Most importantly, this program can help to empower young people to initiate and maintain positive relationships with others. We work to help our groups capitalize on the strengths and interests of the participants. By working together with same-age peers, we can tackle issues related to that peer group, such as age-appropriate play, hygiene awareness and appropriate social norms. The teaching of appropriate social norms changes as children age, and our groups reflect the importance of that.
At home and in the community
While we work with youth, we partner with families, empowering them with information and support to continue developing these valuable social skills in their children in the home environment. Our goal is also to strengthen skills used at home in the community and their independent lives when they’re ready.
We offer social skills programs for children aged 5-18, grouping them by age to increase the benefits of social and developmentally appropriate engagement and interventions.
We also offer a number of specialty programs where age groups may merge somewhat. These include LEGO©, Dungeons and Dragons, Minecraft, Girl Talk/Guy Group and Adulting 101. In addition, we provide personalized ADHD coaching for teens and young adults as well as respite, community aides and behavioural and developmental aide hours to support your family.
To register for any of these programs, choose your child’s age/grade group below. All programs available for that age group will be included on the registration form.
If you have questions or require additional information, please contact us. We’re happy to help.
WHAT'S AN ADHD COACH?
An ADHD coach is a combination of mentor, accountability partner and cheerleader. Their role is to help people identify, practice and master the skills needed to untangle and conquer the complex challenges of living with ADHD. We’re happy to say that we now offer this service to teens and young adults. Our approach is rooted in relationships, mutual respect and a growth mindset through the lens of ADHD. We build trust as we get to know each client, then identify goals, create step-by-step plans, practice, develop and harness strengths. We also empower each of our clients to discover their inner worth and improve their self-esteem.
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.