Our Approach

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Our Mission

Brain Bridge wants people to live happy, kind and content lives. We believe that self-knowledge can increase resilience and maximize our individual gifts and contributions to the world.

Our Vision

We provide a proprietary brain-based approach to learning and personal growth for youth and adults. We  integrate cognitive, physical, social emotional and mindful competency and skill building opportunities in a safe, nurturing environment that develops responsibility, personal integrity, self-respect, and respect for others. We are committed to fostering self-knowledge, compassion and life-long learning that upholds academic excellence, personal integrity and community stewardship.

Our Formula

An Integrated Learning Approach for Youth & Adults

In response to the universal call for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve individual cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development, Brain Bridge has pioneered a  supplementary education curriculum that we call The Bridge®.  

We took the lead from scientists at the The Aspen Institute who have empirical evidence that cognitive, emotional, and social capacities are inextricably intertwined, and develop interdependently in the same parts of the brain.  Our proprietary curriculum, The Bridge® is constructed to teach these skills, attitudes, and values as mutually reinforcing so that individuals are better equipped to make progress and thrive.

At Brain Bridge we understand that everybody learns differently.  We empower individuals by facilitating a greater understanding, acceptance and appreciation of their preferential learning style, how they absorb, process, comprehend and retain information. The results of this journey in self-knowledge and learning generates greater confidence, well-being, and a lifelong interest in learning.

To Begin…

We invite you to come in for a 30-minute free in-person screening

This is your opportunity to understand what resources you are seeking for yourself or your child,  what you are hoping to achieve ranging from filling competency gaps, trying a new approach or embarking on a journey of personal growth for yourself or your family.  We provide a broad overview of our programs and resources that we bridge on behalf for our students.

If you are a candidate for our signature program, The Bridge®, we then schedule a time for you or your child to take our proprietary in-person learning assessment described below.

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The Brain Bridge Assessment®

The Brain Bridge Assessment® is an empirically based skills evaluation that provides insights from which your Integrated Learning & Personal Growth Action Plan – The Bridge® is developed.  Our assessment provides our students a pivotal understanding of themselves evaluating cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills and competencies while targeting opportunities for growth. It goes hand-in-hand with the resources that we offer as part of The Bridge Curriculum®.  It is composed of the best testing methods available today, including The Gibson Test of Cognitive Skills, Processing And Cognitive Enhancement (PACE), Master The Code (MTC), The Structure of Intellect Learning Abilities (SOI), The Integrated Practice Protocols for Sensory Motor and Processing Skills (IPP) as well as The VIA Character Strengths Survey, and the Social + Emotional Intelligence Profile (SEIP).

Our proprietary assessment evaluates the following competencies:

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

  • Processing Speed Auditory Analysis
  • Visual Processing Logic & Reasoning
  • Word Attack
  • Speed of Word Recognition
  • Spelling
  • Selective Attention
  • Auditory & Visual Memory
  • Visual Closure
  • Categorizing
  • Reading Vocabulary
  • Visual Discrimination
  • Fine Motor Skills/Handwriting Verbal Relations
  • Following Multi-Step Directions
  • Sequencing
  • Auditory Attending
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Visual Memory for Details
  • Symbolic Memory

4th Grade - Adult

  • Creativity
  • Written Expression
  • Spatial conservation
  • Notational Relations
  • Visual Attending & Sequencing
  • Auditory Attending & Sequencing
  • Judgment
  • Notational Processes
  • Order of Operations
  • Math Vocabulary
  • Problem Solving

Social Emotional

  • Self-Management
  • Self-Awareness
  • Social Awareness
  • Responsibility
  • Decision-Making
  • Relationship Skills

Clinical Observation for Indicators

  • Giftedness
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Auditory Processing
  • Perfectionism
  • Boredom
  • Impulsiveness
  • Executive Functioning

The Bridge Curriculum®

The Bridge® outlines how to achieve realistic and sustainable results in personal growth while our team supports your progress along the way. Our hybrid approach is unique because it not only integrates our Success Components, it also offers education and support strategies to our students and their families that lead to a lifelong interest in learning.

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COGNITIVE SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

Cognitive skills underlie the ability to process and use sensory information to function well in everyday life. Competencies include focus and paying attention; setting goals; planning, organization; perseverance and problem-solving.   Cognitive learning involves mental processes involving the relationship between perception, attention, information processing, reflection, drawing inferences, memory and recall. The cognitive and linguistic capacities that emerge in formative years are all important prerequisites for success in school and later in the workplace and community.
[1]  The Association Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Whole Child Approach (http://www.ascd.org/whole-child.aspx)

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SOCIAL SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

Social and interpersonal skills and competencies enable individuals to read social cues and navigate social situations; communicate clearly; negotiate and resolve conflict with others; advocate for oneself; and cooperate and work effectively as a team. Social development is often described as the process of establishing a sense of identity and establishing a role and purpose. It is an outward sense of oneself and is closely intertwined with emotional development as individuals search for a sense of self and personal identity.

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EMOTIONAL SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

Emotional skills and competencies help individuals recognize and manage their emotions; understand the emotions and perspectives of others; cope with frustration and stress; and demonstrate respect and empathy toward others. The way a person thinks and feels about themselves and others, their inward thoughts, is key to their emotional development. Developing and demonstrating individual emotional assets such as resilience, self-esteem and coping skills is important for all individuals.

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PHYSICAL SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

Physical activity exerts a stimulating influence on the entire brain that keeps it functioning at an optimal level. Exercise has been shown to stimulate the birth of new neurons in the hippocampus and to pump more oxygen through the brain, stimulating capillary growth and frontal-lobe plasticity. Proper nutrition and adequate sleep are also essential to learning. Although the brain is only a fraction of our body’s weight, it consumes approximately 20 percent of our energy, which makes good nutrition a critical component of learning. Sleep boosts cognitive performance and augments learning. Sleep deprivation has been shown to impair flexible thinking and decision-making.

Parent Engagement & Education

EMPOWERING ALL PARENTS

Brain Bridge believes that parents/guardians are powerful models for their children. That is why we invite both to gain a clearer understanding of their child’s learning style and competency levels.  We empower them with knowledge about themselves,and share improvement strategies that can be applied at home, school and everyday life.

Whether you are seeking support for yourself or your child, we have seen the best results when parents are engaged.  That is why we strongly encourage parents/guardians to embark on this journey of learning for results to be sustainable.  The Bridge Curriculum® includes a one-hour orientation session for parents/guardians to gain a deeper understanding of the integrated learning process and personal growth opportunities.

EDUCATION ADVOCACY & SUPPORT

Individualized Education Plan (IEP’s)  & 504 Plans

Parents and guardians of youth with learning differences often struggle with knowing how best to advocate for their children. Parents want to ensure that their children receive appropriate support and services, and they want to feel meaningfully engaged in educational decisions. While many families feel like valued members of their children’s IEP teams, others feel a sense of disempowerment. At times families feel disadvantaged because they are not familiar with the nuances of special education procedures or laws.

Your Brain Bridge team are skilled at supporting families as they advocate for their children. We help families and school teams understand students’ unique profile of cognitive, academic, and social emotional strengths and needs, so they can work collaboratively to support students’ success. Brain Bridge tailors these services to meet the unique needs of students and families.