Welcome to Bridges Autism Therapies
Bridges Autism Therapies develops programs and services specifically designed for each child in mind. The journey to progress begins at the initial assessment. We strive to help each child become their best selves: confident, independent, and able to apply their learning in any setting.
Individualized care and targeted therapies are essential for those living with autism. At Bridges Autism Therapies, our person-centered programs and services specifically designed for each child. The journey to progress begins at the initial assessment. We strive to help each child become their best selves: confident, independent, and able to apply their learning in any setting.
Our family owned and operated agency was born out of a mother’s love for her sons. Over the past 15 years, Bridges has transformed into a national company, now serving people with disabilities in six states.
There is no one more powerful than a mother on a mission to help her children.
This is where our story begins. Peggy Burlison, a mother of two sons, was told the options for her child with a disability were not the same as the options for her other child. This strong willed and highly educated woman took this as a call to action and founded Bridges. She sought to create an agency that would focus on advocacy and providing quality services. We instill in our employees this passion Peggy had, which motivates them to always strive to do their best.
ABA Therapy– Applied Behavior Analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors. ABA provides outcomes for learners and the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in communication, behavior, social skills and other core deficits of Autism.
Early Intervention– Intensive early intervention (EI) is appropriate for children with autism who are less than three years of age. Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by repetitive behaviors and impairment in verbal communication and social interactions, which are directly trained during ABA EI, along with ancillary needs such as Speech and OT.
Toilet Training– Intensive, rapid toilet training is based on the methodology by Foxx and Azrin, which uses principles of reinforcement and shaping to train the learner to respond to the body’s signals. This highly effective and successful treatment significantly increases independence and quality of life for both the learner and the family.
Desensitization– Systematic desensitization is a behavioral technique commonly used to treat fear, anxiety disorders and phobias. In this method, the person is engaged in routine tasks, while gradually exposed to an anxiety-producing stimulus, activity, sound, object, person or place. Examples include haircutting, showering, vacuum cleaners, and loud noises.
Feeding Programs– Feeding problems are common in children with Autism. Feeding interventions begin with a Functional Behavior Assessment, Parent Interview and Observation to develop an individualized feeding program using preference assessments, reinforcement, and shaping to increase a learner’s food repertoire and independence with feeding.
Alternative Communication– Alternative communication (AAC) are broad terms that encompass various methods of communication used to supplement or replace speech or writing for learners with delays or deficits in speech production. Examples: Sign Language, PECS, Electronic devices or apps
Group Learning– Group learning is a critical component in a comprehensive ABA treatment package, which prepares the learner for an internal and external transition by practicing social skills and generalizing skill to a new environment. Group learning imitates learning that a child will experience in a school setting.
Social Skills Training– Social skills are a core deficit of Autism and need directly trained and then generalized across a variety of people and settings to ensure mastery. Social skills targets: special relations, language development, advocating for things the learner wants and does not want, gaining attention, attending to the speaker, and appropriate play skills.
Community Training– Community training programs are individualized ABA treatment protocols, which target skills needed to communicate, participate, work and live in a learner’s community.
Behavior Intervention Plans– Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) are based on a Functional Assessment to determine the type of intervention needed to decrease a problem behavior or increase the desired behavior. Behavior interventions are systematic, using methods of reinforcement, consequence, and shaping to reach goals at the desired levels for the learner’s best outcomes.
Transition Planning– Transition planning takes place from the very beginning with quality ABA programs. Learners will have a milestone to achieve in order to transition internally or externally from the center environment. Each transition should include skill building, the generalization of known skills, increased social opportunity, and reducing the level of support needed with every transition.
Pre-Vocational– Pre-vocational training targets skills needed to work with an employer, matching strengths and abilities of the learner. Most pre-vocational training takes place with the learner and direct care staff.
Functional Living– Functional living skills encompass the full repertoire necessary for taking care of oneself or getting to the highest level of independence and quality life possible for the individual. Examples include handwashing, toothbrushing, cooking, cleaning, organizing, shopping, and basic home care.
Parent and Care-Giver Training– Parent and caregiver training is individualized based upon the family and learner’s needs. It should include the skills necessary to continue the progress made in other settings. Training should support families, set goals, provide clarity for treatment and transition planning and review progress and areas of need.
We have opportunities available for caring and enthusiastic people with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn!
At Bridges Autism Therapies, we encourage a culture of passion, fun and honesty. We are honored to serve people and we believe in training to the unique individual needs of each person we serve, so that they may have a rewarding, enriching and enjoyable life experience in their homes and communities. We welcome feedback from all of our employees about how we can better serve, in order to ensure all people we support achieve their own desired outcomes.
We would love for you to join our team!
We’re looking for professionals who are driven to do their best and who will always do what’s right when it comes to making a difference in the lives of our clients.
Individualized care and targeted therapies are important for those living with autism. At Bridges of Indiana, our Autism Therapies Program is person-centered with programs and services specifically designed for each child. The journey to progress begins at the initial assessment. We strive to help each child become their best selves: confident, independent, and able to apply their learning in any setting.
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm: ABA and Speech Therapy
Monday – Friday 5 pm – 6 pm: Aftercare/Makeup Hours
Monday – Thursday 4 pm 7 pm: Social Skills Groups
Saturday 9 am – Noon: Social Skills/1:1 ABA
WE ARE NOW ENROLLING IN EVANSVILLE:
Evansville Bridges Autism Therapies
2344 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN. 47715
Telephone number: (812) 901-1173
Fax number: (812) 401-3601.
Individualized care and targeted therapies are important for those living with autism. At Bridges Autism Therapies, our person-centered programs and services specifically designed for each child.
The journey to progress begins at the initial assessment. We strive to help each child become their best selves: confident, independent, and able to apply their learning in any setting.
ABA and Speech Therapy, Monday – Friday By Appointment Only
Aftercare/Makeup Hours, Monday – Friday By Appointment Only
Social Skills Groups, Monday – Thursday By Appointment Only
Social Skills/1:1 ABA, Saturday By Appointment Only
Now Open in Lafayette, Indiana!
Bridges Autism Therapies second location in Lafayette, IN is open now.
WE ARE NOW ENROLLING IN LAFAYETTE. If you have questions or want more information, please call (800) 715-1610.
Bridges Autism Therapies
2785 Cason Street
Lafayette, IN. 47904
Intake number: (800) 715-1610
Telephone number: (765) 446-4185
Fax number: (765) 448-1864
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