WS Bridge Program
Purpose of program
Wesley Spectrum Bridge is a community-based program for youth and young adults ages 16 to 21 whose transition needs are beyond the scope of the traditional classroom setting.
What to expect
Our dedicated staff will work with each young person, their family and community resources to develop a transition plan that focuses on the individual’s strengths and needs culminating in measurable outcomes. Outcomes may include a high school diploma, engagement in post-secondary education, internships, secured employment, accessing community resources, participation in leisure activities, and securing and maintaining friendships. We utilize the evidenced-based Life Centered Education (LCE) program developed by the Council for Exceptional Children. This includes ongoing assessment and development of skills in the areas of daily living, employment, self-determination and interpersonal relationships.
The Bridge House is conveniently located along the T-line at 6027 Library Rd in Bethel Park. We provide service to numerous school districts in Allegheny and surrounding counties. Transportation is provided by school districts with hours of operation from 8:00 to 3:00. In an effort to help contain transportation costs, we provide some flexibility around arrival and dismissal to coincide with transportation to our Academy and Highland programs, also located in the South Hills. The program operates on an academic year and follows the Academy and Highland school calendars.
The Bridge Program provides service to students with a range of cognitive and developmental disabilities including those with disability categories of Serious Emotional Disturbance and Autism. Referrals are made by the school district of residence and include agreement from the family. Tuition information may be obtained by contacting the Admission Department.
Our curriculum, including the LCE, is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is provided by a Master’s level certified Special Education teacher. Academic oversight is provided by Wesley Spectrum’s Director of Education. In addition, the Bridge Program employs three Community Specialists who provide community instruction including public transportation navigation, job coaching and employment skill building. The Community Specialists canvas the surrounding areas for employment opportunities and work closely with local business owners to provide meaningful employment experiences for the students. Our largest employment partners at this time are St. Francis Convalescent home located in Castle Shannon and Wesley Spectrum’s central office located on Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg. The Community Specialists provide transportation from the Bridge house to the employment sites and back to the Bridge house unless other arrangements are made.
A Master’s level therapist is available to provide individual, group and family therapy to eligible students that may need additional clinical supports and have medical insurance coverage. Medication Management may be provided by a Certified Nurse Practitioner with oversight from our psychiatrist. Mental Health oversight is provided by Wesley Spectrum’s Clinical Director.
For more information or to make a referral, please contact Jennifer Thompson at 412-885-7017.