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On “Leaving a Legacy”

September 8, 2019

All about Planned Giving. If you know Bridgeway Academy, you know that the work we do can be life-changing for our students and clients, and their families. 15 years ago, we opened our doors and our hearts to 12 preschoolers with autism and developmental disabilities. Today, we serve 196 children in preschool through 12th grade, […]

Camp Bridgeway 2019!

June 13, 2019

By: Janelle Maur Bridgeway Academy’s summer camp is an important part of our programming throughout the year. It’s awesome when kids can have a place where they can learn (and play!) all year long! Although our kids are still working on academic skills, we really like amp up the element of FUN in the summer! […]

Better Speech and Hearing Month

May 17, 2019

By: Bridgeway Academy’s Speech Department May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. Here are some facts and tidbits from the speech therapy department to help celebrate and learn about speech, language, and hearing! Fact #1: Did you know the title speech-language pathologist does not encompass all that SLPs do? SLPs work to prevent, assess, and […]

Caregiver Burnout

February 22, 2019

By: Bridgeway Academy’s Psychology Team (Lindsay Fletcher, Ph.D., NCSP, Psychologist, Julie Henzel, PsyD, Psychologist, and Nicole Benson, Ph.D., NCSP, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow) Being a caregiver is a meaningful and rewarding role, but it’s important for caregivers to pay attention to their own health and well being, too. Caring for a child with autism can be physically exhausting […]

The Many Faces of Stress

September 19, 2018

By: Bridgeway Academy’s Psychology Team (Lindsay Fletcher, Ph.D., NCSP, Psychologist, Julie Henzel, PsyD, Psychologist, and Nicole Benson, Ph.D., NCSP, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow) Did you know that happy and positive life events can increase our stress levels just as much as unhappy and negative ones? Think about a time you felt stressed planning holiday celebrations, cleaning the […]

“How was your trip?” SkillCorps India, 2018

June 8, 2018

By Stephanie Keyser, M.A., BCBA, COBA “How was your trip?” This question is the conversational opener I would expect from anyone interested in learning about my recent experience in India, yet each time I’m asked I find it inordinately difficult to answer.  Working with students and staff at SOREM, and with the SkillCorps team, has […]

ASD and Anxiety

March 6, 2018

By: The Psychology Department Dr. Lindsay Fletcher, Dr. Nicole Benson, and Dr. Julie Henzel Anxiety disorders commonly occur in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Research suggests that about 40% of individuals with ASD also qualify for a separate anxiety diagnosis (Van Steensel, Bogels, & Perrin, 2011), although studies have found rates ranging from 11-84% […]

We Are Thankful

November 10, 2017

By Janelle Maur and Students from Team K As we near the Thanksgiving and Holiday season, it’s important to take a moment out of the daily routine to pause and think about thankfulness. As part of this, we asked some of our students at the Secondary School & Therapy Center to think about what they’re […]

Globalizing Autism Advocacy: My Upcoming Work in India as a Skilled Volunteer

November 6, 2017

By Stephanie Keyser, M.A., BCBA, COBA My vision is simple: Promote the acceptance, education, and autonomy of individuals who may need support advocating for these rights on their own. I am lucky be provided with the opportunity to live this mission daily through my work at Bridgeway Academy, and am thrilled to soon be able […]

How ‘Out’ Changed Everything: A Journey Through Speech Therapy

October 20, 2017

By:  Cassie Wilhelm, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist In June 2015, Blake came to Bridgeway Academy with his mother and little brother to begin Speech-Language Therapy at our Therapy Center.  The family had driven over an hour to come to therapy.  From the very beginning, Blake was interactive and socially-driven.  He was using some signs and […]

All About AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)

October 4, 2017

By: Samantha Lyle, M.A., CCC-SLP AAC awareness month is here again!  Say what?!?  AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the governing body of the field of speech-language pathology, defines AAC as, “…all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, […]

Did you know? Social Skills Beyond Conversation

September 19, 2017

By: Laura Gilbert, MA, CCC-SLP, Alexa Reck, MA, CCC-SLP, Jennifer Swetnam, MA, CCC-SLP and Cassie Wilhelm, MA, CCC-SLP Social skills are a core challenge for young people with autism.  In typical development, young people often learn these skills by observing others in interactions with adults and peers. Young people with autism can benefit from direct […]

The first few weeks of school have FLOWN by!

September 6, 2017

The opening of the Secondary School and Therapy Center brings many exciting changes and opportunities for the 2017-18 academic year. We look forward to sharing all of them with you in the coming months. In the meantime, we are so grateful to everyone, including our Change Champions, who helped with planning and provided positive feedback […]

Bridgeway Goes to China

July 26, 2017

By: Lara Pytlik, MOT, OTR/L Helping children succeed and traveling. Two things I’m most passionate about. What happens when you put those together? You spend the first two weeks of July exploring Beijing and Yanjio, China along with a group of 13 people for tourism and service projects.  After a friend asked me to join […]

Bridgeway Academy’s Got Talent

June 6, 2017

Camp Bridgeway, Bridgeway Academy’s 8-week summer program, begins Tuesday, June 6th! The 2017 camp theme is “Bridgeway Academy’s Got Talent,” and will showcase the many talents and abilities of Bridgeway Academy’s 136 student campers, ranging from age 3 through 10th grade. Weekly activities of Camp Bridgeway include music therapy groups, arts and crafts, physical fitness […]