Coping With Pandemic Stressors

September 11, 2020

By: Bridgeway Academy’s Psychology Team The “new normal”? These “challenging” or “uncertain” times? Whatever you call it, we’ve been living it for six months now. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a true test of our global community’s ability to adapt to change and cope with the whole range of emotions, all of which are completely […]

Bridgeway Academy’s Statement

June 2, 2020

Black lives matter. Bridgeway Academy was formed on the principles of equity, inclusion, and the establishment of environments and systems that are supportive of all people.  Our mission is to inspire the potential and celebrate the ability of every child. The nature of our work puts Bridgeway Academy uniquely positioned at the intersection of race […]

Tips for Remote Learning During School Closures

March 31, 2020

With Governor DeWine’s recent announcement that schools will not reopen until May 1, we’re using this time to take stock of our remote learning and therapy services in order to meet the needs of our students the best we can. We also understand that extending the school closure can really impact families like the ones […]

#ShowYourAbility Challenge

March 30, 2020

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we’re inviting you to #ShowYourAbility – because everyone’s abilities deserve to be celebrated! *** Big or small – everyone has an ability they can share! It’s Autism Awareness Month, and even though we can’t be together in person to celebrate, we’re inviting you to take the #ShowYourAbility Challenge and […]

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, […]