Speciality Programs

LEGO Group (new!)

(6 – 9 years)

Everyone loves LEGO©!  Based on the work of psychologist Daniel LeGoff, LEGO has been well-researched and used successfully as an intervention to build social skills for the past decade. When kiddos are engaged in activities that really interest them, their attention and engagement are sustained. This increases the benefits of the interventions we’ve designed, such as increased cooperative play, more frequent initiation of social interactions, and improved communication, among other skills.  

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It’s easy to register for our LEGO© social skills group. Be sure to choose your child’s grade/age group to access the correct online registration form.  Register here

Minecraft Social Skills Group

(9 – 13 years)

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games on the planet. It’s also an amazing tool for building social and communication skills for youth on the autism spectrum and other related conditions. It’s why we offer a Minecraft Social Skills group for youth aged 9-13, where children work in groups to do hands-on projects and virtual challenges on our secure Minecraft server. Completing these projects helps them develop cooperation, compromise, communication and problem-solving skills while building peer relationships.  While children will have individualized goals,  the social skills curriculum we will be using is based on the work of Raelene Dundun.

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It’s easy to register for our Minecraft social skills group. Be sure to choose your child’s grade/age group to access the correct online registration form.  Register here

Dungeons and Dragons Social Skills Group

(14 – 17 years)

Social stories are a powerful way to help teens reduce and learn to control inappropriate behaviours like aggression, tantrums, loud vocalization and other disruptive and socially isolating behaviours. In Dungeons and Dragons, a team of adventurers known as a party, are immersed in social stories, role-playing and events, making the game an ideal tool for social skills development.

We’ve modified the traditional game of Dungeons and Dragons to accommodate group social skills practice for our teens. Working together, they imagine, design and role-play a character and rule context from an imaginary universe. This allows them to develop and practice sophisticated skills like empathy negotiation, problem-solving, teamwork and social maneuvering. These are all immensely valuable skills in the adult world.  

It’s easy to register for our Dungeons and Dragons social skills group. Be sure to choose your child’s grade/age group to access the correct online registration form. Register here.

Girl Talk Group

(11 – 17 years)

Adolescence is hard, but navigating it while struggling with developmental challenges makes it more complicated.  Our Girl Talk Group is focused on building a positive self-image and understanding social rules, hygiene and relationships that can be difficult to talk openly about.  The group is organized based on how each adolescent identifies their orientation and is unique to their gender. The goal is to empower them to make healthy choices, focusing on healthy emotional responses and control (executive functioning), positive peer relationships (online and offline), and appropriate social boundaries.  Through an individualized curriculum, each group works together to tackle challenges focused on building the confidence and capacity of our adolescents to adventure into the real world.

It’s easy to register for our Girl Talk social skills group. Be sure to choose your child’s grade/age group to access the correct online registration form. Register here

Guy Group

(11 – 17 years)

Adolescence is hard, but navigating it while struggling with developmental challenges makes it more complicated.  Our Guy Group is focused on building a positive self-image and understanding social rules, hygiene and relationships that can be difficult to talk openly about.  The group is organized based on how each adolescent identifies their orientation and is unique to their gender. The goal is to empower them to make healthy choices, focusing on healthy emotional responses and control (executive functioning), positive peer relationships (online and offline), and appropriate social boundaries.  Through an individualized curriculum, each group works together to tackle challenges focused on building the confidence and capacity of our adolescents to adventure into the real world.

Adulting 101

(15 – 18 years)

The road to adulthood can be very rocky for young people with autism. Leaving high school is a monumental step that impacts their families and transforms their sense of community, services and supports. Our Adulting 101 group focuses on making the path a little smoother and ensuring the skills are in place to help them benefit from all the positives that adulthood offers.

Social Skills Programs

We also 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. These dynamic programs for neurodivergent youth are grounded in positive and reaffirming practices informed by Applied Behavioural Analysis. 

 Contact us to learn more, or use our online registration to enrol your child in one of these dynamic and engaging groups.

THINKING DIFFERENTLY

Recent data tells us that 1 in 7 people has a neurodivergent brain. In the global adult population, it’s estimated that 10% are dyslexic, 5% are dyspraxic, 4% have ADHD, and 1-2% are autistic. While some might be alarmed by these numbers, we’re not. We have always recognized and embraced the strengths that come with thinking differently. Until the world sees this, however, it’s not always easy to adapt to a neurotypical world.  We’re here to bridge that divide and help each child reach their full, glorious potential.

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

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

Program Office
102 317 17th Street S
Lethbridge, AB, T1J 5K4
Phone: (587) 425-4211

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