Welcome to Bridgeway House Programs & Services

Bridgeway House is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2002 to offer treatments, developmental therapies, enrichment courses, and support to children and families of all income levels with autism and related abilities. Our focus has been developing programs and services in direct response to needs seen in our community that are designed to help this diverse group of children meet the challenges of autism, as well as helping their families with the emotional, financial, and social challenges they face.

We require a one-time registration fee for all programs and services. We offer scholarships for all our programs because we are committed to providing services to all families affected by autism regardless of income level. Please call Bridgeway House for more information on the scholarship application process.

Each program has a minimum and maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week prior to the first meeting. If a minimum number of participants have not preregistered, the may be cancelled at the instructor’s discretion.

Bridgeway House Programs

Please contact Bridgeway House for more information or to apply to any of our programs.

Home Therapy

The Home Therapy Program at Bridgeway House provides individualized interventions for each child. We use evidence-based practices that will produce the most effective treatment gains in the areas of: communication, cognitive, social, self-help, and challenging behaviors. Current research has shown Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to be most effective and produce the most significant gains when delivered in a high-intensity model. Therapy sessions range from 1-3 hours, with a recommendation for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Early Intervention Focus
Bridgeway House’s Home Therapy Program focuses on early intervention for children aged 18-months to 10 years of age. Depending on a child’s needs, they may be referred to other providers.

Parent Roles in ABA Therapy
A parent or caregiver must be in the home during therapy sessions, but is not required to directly be in the room. Parents are asked to participate in the development and implementation of treatment plan goals, supply age-appropriate toys and other necessary educational materials, and generalize skills that are being targeted in programming.

ABA Team
Each team consists of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a team of behavior interventionists. The BCBA has a supervisory role on each case and provides: initial assessment and creation of treatment plan, supervision of behavior interventionists, monthly updates, and in some cases, weekly direct sessions. Each client receives the bulk of their therapy from a team of behavior interventionists with a set weekly schedule. Dependent on need, therapy services may be delivered in home, community, school, or clinic.

Intake Process
Bridgeway House is temporarily unable to accept applications for the Home Therapy Program because the program is full.

  1. Copy of your insurance card (Front & Back)
  2. Child’s ASD diagnosis report, including: name of diagnostician, date of diagnosis, and applicable diagnostic codes
  3. Prescription/Referral for ABA Services

Once we receive your intake packet, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is assigned to your case. The BCBA will contact you for any further information needed or to update you on the process.

An initial appointment will be made to meet the child and ensure that Bridgeway House is a good fit for their needs. Afterwards, your child will either be accepted into the ABA program or referred to another provider.

Once a child is accepted into the Home Therapy Program, a pre-authorization is submitted to your insurance to authorize an assessment of your child to develop a treatment plan. Once that is approved, the BCBA will contact you to schedule an assessment appointment. This appointment will take approximately 1-2 hours. During this time, an assessment of your child will take place while the parent(s) fill out further paperwork.

Following the assessment, a treatment plan is written and submitted to insurance. This treatment plan contains goals that are developed based on the results of the assessment and any parental concerns. The plan will suggest the amount of hours per week needed for therapy. Once insurance approves the treatment plan, you will be contacted to schedule therapy.

Bridgeway House is an in-network ABA provider for the following insurances:

  • Cigna
  • Healthcare Management Administrators (HMA)
  • OHP Open Card
  • Pacific Source
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Trillium

Insurances not listed can be served out-of-network. If insurance isn’t available, private pay is an option and financial scholarships may be provided. Bridgeway House is continually working toward becoming in-network providers for all insurances in the Lane County area.

Our BCBAs
Rachel White, M.A., BCBA, LBA | Home Therapy Coordinator
Sophia King, M.S., BCBA, LBA | Behavior Analyst
Natalie Townsend, RBAI-OR, RBT | Registered Behavior Technician | Home Therapy Administrative Assistant
Lesley Christofferson, RBAI-OR, RBT | Registered Behavior Technician
Niki Schering, RBAI-OR, RBT | Registered Behavior Technician
Alex Vanderheid-Nye, RBAI-OR | Behavior Interventionist
Bella Laughlin, RBAI-OR | Behavior Interventionist
Tyler Saraceno, RBAI-OR | Behavior Interventionist 

Applied Behavior Analysis

Bridgeway provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to individuals on the autism spectrum. ABA systematically applies evidence-based practices to address socially significant behaviors and introduce appropriate replacement behaviors. The ABA therapy program was introduced to Bridgeway in 2016.

The ABA Program at Bridgeway House provides individualized interventions for each child. We use evidence-based practices that will produce the most effective treatment gains in the areas of: communication, cognitive, social self-help, and challenging behaviors. Current research has shown ABA to be most effective and produce the most significant gains when delivered in a high-intensity model. Therapy sessions range from 1-3 hours, with a recommendation for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Parent Roles in ABA Therapy

A parent or care-giver must be in the home during therapy sessions, but is not required to directly be in the room. Parents are asked to participate in the development and implementation of treatment plan goals, supply age-appropriate toys and other necessary educational materials, and generalize skills that are being targeted in programming. Parents will be included for monthly parent training sessions with the BCBA in order to generalize skills and focus on targeted skills, such as self-help tasks or behavior reduction programs.

ABA Team

Each team will consist of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a team of behavior interventionists. The BCBA will have a supervisory role on your case, providing initial assessment and creation of treatment plan, weekly supervision of behavior interventionists, monthly updates, and in some cases, weekly direct sessions. Each client will receive the bulk of their therapy from a team of behavior interventionists, with a set weekly schedule. Dependent on need, therapy services may be delivered in home, community, school, or clinic based.

Intake Process

If you are interested in having your child receive ABA therapy, the following information is required:

  • Fill out the availability calendar for therapy services
  • Provide a copy of your insurance card (Front & Back)
  • Submit your child’s ASD diagnosis report, including: name of diagnostician, date of diagnosis, and applicable diagnostic codes
  • Prescription and referral for ABA Services

All information can either be faxed, mailed, or emailed to the following:
Fax: 541-345-0855
Mail: P.O. Box 10639 Eugene, OR 97440
Email: RachelWhite@bridgewayhouse.org

Once the intake packet is received, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will be assigned to your case. The BCBA will contact you for any further information needed or to update you on the process.

A pre-authorization will be submitted to insurance to allow for an assessment of your child to develop a treatment plan. Once the authorization is approved, the BCBA will contact you to schedule an assessment appointment. This appointment will take approximately 1-2 hours. During this time, an assessment of your child will take place while the parent(s) fill out further paperwork.

Following the assessment, a treatment plan will be written and submitted to insurance. This treatment plan will have goals that were developed based off of the results of the assessment administered along with parental concerns. It will also suggest the amount of hours per week needed for therapy. Once insurance approves the treatment plan, you will then be contacted to schedule therapy.

Bridgeway is an In-network ABA provider for the following insurances:

  • Pacific Source
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • OHP Open Card
  • Cigna
  • Moda
  • HMA

Bridgeway is an Out-of-network ABA provider for the following insurances. Please be aware that additional insurance costs may apply:

  • Optum/Providence/United
  • Aetna
  • Meritain

If your insurance isn’t listed, private pay is an option and financial scholarships may be provided. Bridgeway is continually working on becoming providers for all insurances within the Lane County area.

Social Groups

Our Social Groups help students learn social skills and emotional self-regulation through integrated teachings and support while emphasizing building lasting connections and friendships between students. We offer Special Interest Social Groups, as well, such as the ever-popular Minecraft Social Group. These groups allow students to communicate and deepen friendships over their shared passions. There may be a waiting list until there are enough kids of the same skill level, age, or interest to create a group.

Theatre Production

Our Annual Theatre Production features children with autism. The production is tailored to the needs of the performers and to support their success, performers receive extra rehearsal time and creative accommodations to help them overcome some of their most pressing cognitive, social, behavioral, and communication differences.

Summer Day Camps

Our Summer Camp Program provides a safe day camp experience tailored to the needs of children with autism from 6-18 years old. We provide the specialized supports needed to allow the campers to be successful while gaining skills and having fun. For many of the children this is their first opportunity to experience summer camp and it would not be possible without the help of teachers and aides who understand their challenges and know how to maximize their strengths. Each summer we offer a variety of different camps.

Sexuality, Health, and Personal Exploration (SHAPE)

SHAPE provides sexuality, personal safety, and hygiene education while building relationship skills and encouraging personal exploration to help youth with autism increase their self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-esteem. Taekwondo classes are provided as part of the program because martial arts helps individuals with autism to reduce stress, improve social skills, and build confidence.

Music Therapy Program

Music therapy provides a unique and engaging avenue for emotional expression and the development of important life skills such as social/emotional skills, gross and fine motor movement, cognitive development, and speech and language skills. The music therapy program at Bridgeway House focuses on coming alongside each student and supporting them in their journey whether that is through drumming, singing, songwriting, or playing a wide range of instruments.  Through group and 1:1 sessions students have the opportunity to process and express themselves in a safe and supportive space facilitated by our state licensed and board certified music therapist.

Bridgeway House Services

Bridgeway House works with a variety of professionals, teachers, consultants, and specialists to deliver programs, services, and hope for children and their families.

Parenting Series with Mary Ann Winter-Messiers, PhD – This six week series provides guidance and support in the challenges of raising a child on with autism. Registration is open to parents, grandparents, and guardians. The group is limited to eight participants and preregistration is required. There is no cost for the series and free childcare is available. Contact Bridgeway House to find out when the next series begins.

Mothers with Daughters on the Spectrum Support Group – We offer a support group for mothers with daughters on the autism spectrum. Contact Bridgeway House to preregister for this group.

Tutoring – Tutoring is available with direct instruction in reading, math and other subjects.

Occupational Therapy – A licensed Occupational Therapist is available to assess and implement a plan for gross and fine motor skills, including Handwriting Without Tears.

Speech Therapy – A licensed Speech and Language Pathologist is available to work with your child.

Bridgeway House School

Covid-19 Update

SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN: 2020-2021 (COVID-19 CLOSURE)

In consideration of reopening its private school, Bridgeway House is following strict ODE and CDC guidelines, as well as state-specific regulations mandated by Gov. Kate Brown. The agency’s school has continued to operate with very little interruption following the COVID-19 closure on March 13, 2020, though at a different capacity, as online/distance learning is the only approved method of teaching at that time.

All programs are intended to resume at full capacity as soon as possible but the actual dates are uncertain, with Oregon schools tentatively scheduled to reopen for in-person learning in Fall 2020. Numerous factors could extend closure, but the Bridgeway House must have a plan in place as things continue to develop and change.

Please click here to download a PDF of the 2020-2021 Bridgeway House Academic Calendar.

Bridgeway House has developed a unique, school-specific, phased approach for reintroduction to on-site/in-person learning:

Phase 1

The most restrictive situation under a Shelter-in-place order. All school was remote via Distance Learning. All physical locations closed.


BW took immediate action to close all in-person services as of March 13, 2020. Parents were immediately contacted Distance Learning was initiated.

Phase 2

Distance Learning continues for all students.
Begin preparations for re-introduction of onsite school.
All physical locations closed.


BW works closely with school districts, ODE, and families to provide the most comprehensive Distance Learning possible. IEPs and class meetings are attended online as well.

Phase 3

Students return to school buildings for in-person learning, but classroom schedules are modified with decreased numbers.


Classroom limit is 10 people at a time, including staff. School safety protocols based on CDC and ODE guidelines.

Phase 4

All students return to in-person learning for a regular school schedule.


BW School provides in-person academics to all students from 8 AM to 3 PM Monday through Thursday. Friday is a teacher workday and students will not attend.

FALL REOPENING SCHEDULE

Phase 3 includes a block schedule as planned below:

Block A: 8 AM to 11 AM, Monday through Thursday
Sterilize and disinfect school: 11 AM to 12 PM (M-Th)

Block B: 12 PM to 3 PM, Monday through Thursday
Distance Learning: 9 AM Friday
The block schedule allows staff to work one-on-one with behaviors safely.
Parents will be notified to which block their child will be assigned prior to reopening.
In Phase 4 all students will attend from 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Thursday.
Friday will then become a workday for teachers.

Throughout all phases of reopening, Bridgeway House has identified four priorities to focus on during the entire reintroduction process:

  1. Ensure the health and well-being of all students and staff;
  2. Provide supports to teachers and staff;
  3. Maximize student academic growth;
  4. Assure operation and financial viability.

ESTABLISHING REINTRODUCTION PRIORITIES

Priority: Ensure health and well-being of all students and staff


Phases 1 and 2

Distance Learning computer equipment is sterilized before being delivered to families in need;
Ensure clear and timely communications between staff and families;
Teachers regularly check in with student families to monitor health and emotional well-being;
Administrative staff continually monitors regulations for schools.

Phase 3

Create health and safety protocols and plans;
Develop and begin implementing reintegration plans for in-person learning;
Support physical, social and behavioral health needs through communication and outreach;
Collaborate with community partners to ensure access to support.

Phase 4

Formulation of an improved, school infrastructure;
Physical structures and distancing plans are in place to help protect students and staff from future health risks;
Categorized health screening plan is developed and followed, until the agency deems it unnecessary (even if state regulations do not mandate continued health monitoring).
PPE equipment/supplies will be kept stocked and available as required.

Priority: Provide supports to teachers and staff


Phases 1 and 2

Mobilize Lead Teachers/OT/SLP to:
Implement online teaching platform
Attend online meetings for staff;
Reorganize staff priorities to meet immediate needs;
Enact strict guidelines to only permit essential staff on school grounds.

Phase 3

Provide continued support and development;
Communicate frequently with all school staff as needed;
Communicate with Districts as needed to stay connected;
Develop reintegration plans.

Phase 4

Sustain strong supports, collaborations, and partnerships for all staff;
Ensure that safety training and supervisor help are available whenever needed.

Priority: Maximize student academic growth


Phases 1 and 2

Distribute devices/internet access;
Strengthen parent partnerships;
Carefully develop “Distance Learning” which provides individualized online curriculum;
Communicate with Districts regularly to attend IEPs, discuss goals, and monitor attendance and progress of Distance Learning.

Phase 3

Build new learning plans for students, with careful attention to the needs of individuals to maintain safety while in school;
Distance Learning continues for those still participating in school during building closures.

Phase 4

Review and implement teaching and safety strategies for students which will allow them to learn effectively while also ensuring IEPs and Behavior Plans are followed;
Some students may continue partial online schoolwork, as Distance Learning has given them critical new skills.

Priority: Assure school operation and financial viability


Phases 1 and 2

Retain only staff that is essential to school program;
Remaining teachers and administrators enact methods of safe, secure communication to maintain efficiency and compliance;
Seek community donations of technological equipment to support Distance Learning.

Phase 3

Utilize school revenue to construct all required safety and health systems using equipment mandated by ODE and CDC. This ensures on-schedule opening for in-person school again at both locations. Mandatory PPE equipment must be purchased and made available prior to students and staff returning

Phase 4

Develop new long-term policies;
Establish new budgets;
Continue to stay apprised of evolving health and safety compliance regulations.

Progression between the Phases will be determined by State health guidelines and Government regulations related to schools in Oregon. Overall, the reintroduction guidelines seek to create small, safe groups of students and staff by requiring routine temperature checks, physical distancing, limiting movement throughout school buildings, restricting large gatherings, and maintaining regular and frequent handwashing/school-sterilizing breaks.

Health Screening

  • All staff and students will be screened outside of the school building every day prior to entry. Any person with concerning symptoms will be sent home immediately.
  • Families of students, as well as the agency’s returning staff, will be required to regularly answer a set of screening questions to determine level of health risk.
  • Multiple entry and exit points for staggered student transition into or out of school buildings will be assigned and mandated.

Face Covers

  • Staff and students will be required to wear face shields or masks in alignment with both ODE and CDC guidelines.

Handwashing

  • There will be regular, frequent handwashing breaks required for all staff and students. Handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available to all classrooms, and an hourly wash is recommended (in addition to the usual handwashing times before eating, after recess and bathroom, etc.)

Physical Space

  • 6 feet of physical space between student seats
  • One-way hallways marked with arrows
  • Students stay in classrooms as much as possible. Teachers move as needed but as little as possible.
  • No traditional water fountains. Only no-touch water systems
  • Regular disinfecting and sterilizing of school environment/materials/curriculum between groups of students at both locations
  • Restroom visits will be limited to one student (with assistance, if needed) at a time
  • There will be no school visitors allowed
  • There will be no access to the kitchen for both staff and students

Materials/Supplies

  • All students will have their own designated materials. If supplies are used between groups, they must be disinfected at each change.

At this time, school locations will be closed through the summer of 2020, most likely providing Distance Learning until safety provisions are lifted for in-person attendance. Ongoing communication with families and staff is critical to ensure everyone is doing their best to make in-person school safe and successful as Bridgeway House plans its reopening. Although Bridgeway House strives to treat all staff and students equitably, it may be necessary to make building-based precautionary safety decisions. This means 15th Avenue and Camp Creek buildings could vary in terms of Covid-19 safety protocol.

One new academic media (Zoom) has actually created a new skill, so many students will supplement their in-person learning with the implementation of the new online skills they have gained.

Overall, the agency knows that safety and good health are paramount, as academic success cannot be achieved otherwise. Bridgeway House will do all that is necessary and required to ensure a safe reintegration of staff and students to the in-person school program.

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