The Bridge School

Transition

Transition extends the mission of The Bridge School by:

  • Documenting effective education and communication strategies for each child
  • Working collaboratively with the educational team to support inclusion throughout the student’s placement at The Bridge School
  • Developing and implementing curriculum that addresses self-determination and independence
  • Developing tools and strategies to support effective transition for students
  • Supporting the transition of students from The Bridge School to their home school district or other educational placements
  • Guiding families in the transition process
  • Offering collaborative services to district personnel to ensure successful participation for our students in their new educational environments
  • Extending support to our graduates in post-secondary education, career development, community-based programs and other aspects of adult life, as students move beyond school age.
  • Helping prepare students to engage in life-long learning opportunities

The Bridge School Model

The Bridge School Curriculum and Course of Study logoThe Bridge School provides high quality academic and social experiences that encompass a broad range of knowledge, skills and abilities across all subject areas with concurrent emphasis on supporting students’ use of assistive technologies, development of communicative competence with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, and attainment of self-determination skills. Using research as a resource to guide our practices, we adapt, customize, implement and document intervention approaches, curricular activities, and instructional supports and strategies that best address the needs of our students in The Bridge School context and beyond.

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Communicative Competence imagesAt The Bridge School, we believe that communication is a process of making meaning through shared engagement and interaction. We all have the desire to create meaningful connections with others, to learn and to share new knowledge, to talk and engage authentically with the important people in our lives.

Communicative Competence is “the ability to communicate functionally in the natural environment and to adequately meet daily communication needs” (Light, 1989). In order to develop communicative competence, our students with complex communication needs (CCN) and severe speech and physical impairments (SSPI) need specialized instruction to learn skills that enable them to communicate effectively for a broad range of purposes. At The Bridge School, they learn to use mainstream technologies and alternative and augmentative (AAC) systems and strategies to bypass, overcome, or augment their natural speech. Proficiency communicating with these tools and strategies fosters access, participation, motivation, and achievement across all curricular areas and life domains. Instruction in developing communication competencies is infused within the context of ongoing academic and social activities at The Bridge School.

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sdp400x382It is essential for students with complex communication needs (CCN) to develop the skills and attitudes associated with self-determination in order to have direct influence in matters that affect the quality of their lives. The Bridge School Self-Determination Program provides students with the necessary tools and supports to become causal agents in their own lives through informed decision-making, thoughtful planning and persistent action to achieve their goals.

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Written by Jake & Jenn C. Jake is a go-getter and is extremely active in his community. He has a full schedule every day and downtime is definitely not in his vocabulary. A major priority for Jake continues to be building leadership skills. This year, he was asked to continue his work with Youth Organizing! … – Continue reading