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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 […]

Bridgeway Academy to open Secondary School and Therapy Center Location

May 25, 2017

Bridgeway Academy is a central Ohio non-profit organization with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Bridgeway Academy’s unique learning environment has a joyful atmosphere where developmental distinctions do not exist. Each student is celebrated as their own special individual in an atmosphere that is […]

Adaptive Physical Education

May 10, 2017

At Bridgeway Academy, we have designed a Physical Education program that encourages our students to develop healthy bodies and positive attitudesabout physical activity. Weekly lessons include fitness and active leisure skills. We want our students to acquire the skills they need to make healthy lifestyle choices that positively impact his or her well-being. Throughout the […]

Autism Awareness and Bridgeway Academy

April 1, 2017

National Autism Awareness Month has been celebrated each April since the 1970s. On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day to shine a bright light on autism, increase world knowledge and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. World Autism Awareness Day […]

Survive and THRIVE Spring Break.

March 21, 2017

From your Family Partnership Services team With a little bit of planning and preparation and the strategies below, you and your child(ren) can have a more fun and relaxed Spring Break! Social Stories: Social Stories are a fun and easy way to let your child know what to expect! They are written from your child’s perspective […]