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 […]

ABILITY at Bridgeway Academy

February 23, 2017

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, Bridgeway Academy hosted its very first after-school dance, due in large part to the hard work of ten young female students and four women community mentors, all who participate in the program, “ABILITY.” Thanks to the generosity of our funding partner, Huntington, Bridgeway Academy was able to spend some dedicated […]

Living Mindfully

February 2, 2017

By: The Psychology Department The term “mindfulness” has gotten a lot of media buzz lately. Mindfulness has shown a range of benefits for adults and kids such as improved sleep, focus, concentration, anxiety management, emotion regulation, and quality of relationships (e.g., Burdick, 2014). It is also becoming a widely accepted part of therapy to address […]

Sprucing Up for the New Year!

January 6, 2017

The new year brings with it cold weather and long, dark nights. But at Bridgeway Academy, we feel the warmth and light of our community on “Spruce it Up Day,” which occurs annually on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Central Ohio is designed to empower […]

The Holidays – therapy-style

December 5, 2016

Bridgeway Academy has over thirty (30) licensed professionals in its Music, Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy departments. This holiday season, they are providing great ideas for holiday gifts that also meet therapeutic goals and most are available to purchase through the AmazonSmile program – where your purchase will also give back to Bridgeway Academy ( […]

Bridgeway Academy’s Speech Therapy Department is Headed to ASHA!

October 27, 2016

The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional scientific and credentialing association for speech pathologists and audiologists ( The organization’s annual national conference draws over 12,000 attendees to learn about the latest research and resources to advance their skills and careers. This year’s conference will be November 17 – 19, 2016 in Philadelphia, […]