Building Bridges to the New Normal
Virtual Classes in Session Now!
Many families are finding they need strategies to handle the "new normal". Social Bridges now offers interactive virtual classes, summer programs and skill training groups. These programs will help your child develop social-emotional skills such as:
- Identifying, expressing, and regulating feelings
- Developing calming tools
- Understanding what they can and cannot control
- Expressing wants and needs respectfully
- Being flexible
- Connecting and interacting appropriately with others
What is Social Bridges®?
Social Bridges® is an evidence---based, interactive social skills training program in a small peer group setting for children in K through adults Included are: direct teaching/practice of skills with social coaching in both the clinic and in natural settings, parent training and ongoing written communication/conferences provided by professional staff. We also offer licensure of our Social Bridges® Toolbox curriculum for schools, homeschool groups and after school programs.
Small groups are formed according to a child's age, developmental level, and needs. These groups are for children who often struggle with social situations. Some children may have diagnoses such as ADHD, ASD, Twice Exceptional (Gifted “plus”), Social Anxiety, Leaning Disabilities.
Groups meet for a semester at a time for 1.5 hours on a weekly basis. The program includes both training for children/teens and parent training to help skills to generalize. Specific written feedback is provided to parents after each group session and at the conclusion of the semester.
Participants learn and practice skills in groups of 4-6 children with two professional facilitators. The backgrounds of the facilitators are typically education or mental health counseling.
Social Bridges® utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach (CBT) and evidence-based techniques to learn and generalize skills. Foundation skills are based on the developmental level and scaffold upon one another. Examples of skills for different ages include:
matching social expectations
reading and responding to social cues
being a helpful friend/classmate/family community member
making and keeping friends
assertiveness tools/self- advocacy
social filter/social prediction (If ___ then ____).
problem solving – applying social tools