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Specialized Curricular Areas

For a variety of reasons, our students may require specific, systematic instruction in specialized curricular areas. Specialized curricular areas offered at the Bridge School address life skills that a) general education peers may learn through experiences at home, school, and in the community OR b) may be unique to the educational needs of students with severe speech and physical impairment who are learning to use AAC and AT.

Content Areas Offered Description
Community-based instruction Community-based instruction prepares students to generalize skills to environments beyond the school setting in ways that allow them to learn, participate and benefit more fully from these experiences.
Self-determination Self-determination emerges across the life span as students learn skills and develop attitudes enabling them to take charge of their own lives. Instruction in self-determination may begin with asserting one's presence, making needs known, and expressing preferences, and builds toward evaluating progress toward goals and creating new approaches to solve problems.
Computer literacy & assistive technology Our students learn to operate and use a range of assistive technologies for spoken and written communication, to accomplish functional tasks, and to participate in curricular activities. The CA Dept of Education Web site describes basic requirements regarding the consideration and provision of assistive technology (AT) and services to each individual with a disability; and provides clarification and assistance to local education agencies, particularly members of IEP teams in effectively addressing these requirements:
Recreation and leisure Our students learn skills required to access a range of recreation and leisure activities that afford them opportunities to learn rules of games, participate as both player and spectator, interact with new people, form friendships, and access community facilities and events.
Independent living skills These personal skills may include self-care, domestic skills, health and safety. The achievement of age-appropriate independent living skills is fundamental to the development of social competence and heightens self-esteem.