The Education Program forms the heart of The Bridge School as it partners with families to provide a curriculum that:
The 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.
At 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.
It 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.
Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is a major cause of low vision in children in the developed and developing world due to increasing survival in pediatric and neonatal care (Phillip & Dutton, 2014). CVI is also the most prevalent visual impairment for students at The Bridge School. Our students with CVI and Severe Speech and Physical Impairment (SSPI) have challenges that require specialized and appropriate vision accommodations that support them in meeting their educational potential.
Meeting the educational goals necessary to provide Bridge School students optimal opportunities for participation in areas of communication, education, and literacy, requires assessments and interventions that specifically address the unique needs of our students with CVI.
Over half of the students at The Bridge School have Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). This impairment impacts EVERY aspect of their lives. Over the years, the staff has reached out for help; however, they often found that little information was available for them or the children’s parents, which prompted us to take a closer look … – Continue reading
The Bridge School is excited to invite you to join our next webinar in the series on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) and its impact on children with severe physical and speech impairments who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Live Webinar on February 9, 2021 1:00 – 2:00 PM PST The star of this … – Continue reading
Live Webinar Date: October 30, 2020 Our Oct 30th webinar on CVI and Its Impact on AAC: Issues and Considerations – A Panel Discussion was a success! If you missed the live webinar, don’t worry! We have a recorded archived version available on our website and it is free to view. You must register on our site to … – Continue reading
We are working closely with the Hillsborough City School District and San Mateo County Health Department and the County Office of Education in terms of monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We are keeping abreast with the situation and as new information is received, will be posted here. Hillsborough City School District – https://www.hcsdk8.org/ San Mateo County Office of … – Continue reading
As Distance Learning continues, The Bridge School is dedicated to meeting the changes and challenges as they occur. The Bridge School will continue supporting educators, service providers, students and their families toward a goal of creating a place and means for educating students in their homes with their families, outside of a regular school environment, … – Continue reading