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BRIDGING THE GAP ELEMENTARY

Bridging The Gap Elementary Information

The BTG Elementary program is designed for students between the ages of 5-12 who require more intensive practice of classroom skills, but benefit from learning in a group setting. The BTG model includes the use of applied behavior analysis (ABA) principles and a classroom setup modeled after a mainstream elementary classroom. Two teachers work together to increase attention in a group, with one teacher leading a group lesson and the other serving as a shadow. Students also receive individualized small group instruction for their core academic subjects.

BTG classrooms are set up with a 2:1 student-to-teacher ratio.  The BTG program has a mix of certified teachers and Registered Behavior Technicians, all of whom receive extensive training on the principles of behavior and classroom management.

K5/1ST GRADE CLASSROOM

The BTG Kindergarten/1st grade classroom is designed for children 5-7 years old (age as of September 1) who will benefit from an intensive classroom experience. The principles of ABA are used to prepare children for future classroom placements, by teaching skills such as choral responding, following group instructions, following conditional instructions, and transitioning appropriately.

2ND/3RD AND 4TH/5TH & 6TH GRADES

BTG Elementary also includes a 2nd/3rd grade classroom, a 4th/5th grade classroom and a 6th grade classroom. Students are placed in classrooms based on a variety of factors, including social and academic skills.  A consistent curriculum across grades allows teachers to individualize goals and meet students at their individual level. 

To find out more information about the BTG philosophy or get more information for your child, please contact the BTG Office at 864-501-0778 or complete the interest form.

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Bridging the Gap K5/1st Grade Classroom

The BTG K5/1stgrade classroom is designed for children 5-7 years old (age as of September 1) who will benefit from an intensive classroom experience. The principles of ABA are used to prepare children for future classroom placements, by teaching skills such as choral responding, following group instructions, following conditional instructions, and transitioning appropriately.  BTG classrooms also participate in regular field trips to community locations throughout the year.

The focus of this classroom is to continue the foundation of group and social skills established in preschool, while expanding those skills to include consistency with classroom routines and academic performance.  

Stemming from a traditional one-on-one ABA setup, children are taught to respond within different student-to-teacher ratios, teaching styles, and classroom environments. This process generalizes skills learned in traditional one-on-one ABA therapy to a group environment and teaches students how to learn in a group setting. BTG places a large emphasis on improving adaptive and self-regulation skills to reduce the occurrence of potentially disruptive behaviors.


Lead Teacher, Ms. Lindsay

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My name is Lindsay Gaynor. I started working with Project Hope in May of 2014 and continued to work summers until June of 2017 when I graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Psychology. I was so excited to join Bridging the Gap as a lead teacher. I went to Hope Academy from 2nd to 5th grade and was influenced tremendously by watching the growth within my peers. This made me want to become involved in helping other students grow to their full potential.

When I am not working you can find me working on my masters in Behavior Analysis, playing with my cat Mitsy, and spending time with my fiance and family.

Classroom RBT, Mr. Alex

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Bridging the Gap 2nd/3rd Grade Classroom

The BTG 2nd/3rd grade classroom is designed for children 7-9 years old (age as of September 1) who will benefit from an intensive classroom experience. The principles of ABA are used to prepare children for future classroom placements, by teaching skills such as choral responding, following group instructions, following conditional instructions, and transitioning appropriately.  BTG classrooms also participate in regular field trips to community locations throughout the year.

The focus of the BTG 2nd/3rd grade classroom is to continue the foundation of group and social skills established in Kindergarten, while expanding those skills to include consistency with classroom routines and academic performance.  

Stemming from a traditional one-on-one ABA setup, children are taught to respond within different student-to-teacher ratios, teaching styles, and classroom environments. This process generalizes skills learned in traditional one-on-one ABA therapy to a group environment and teaches students how to learn in a group setting. BTG places a large emphasis on improving adaptive and self-regulation skills to reduce the occurrence of potentially disruptive behaviors.


Lead Teacher, Ms. Mandy

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Classroom RBT, Ms. Monica

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Bridging the Gap 4th/5th Grade Classroom

The BTG 4th/5th Grade Classroom is for students 9-12 years old (as of September 1) who benefit from a small group learning environment based on structure and reinforcement.  Students are taught using both small group and whole group instruction.  Academics, as well as social skills, are taught based on individual performance.  Both South Carolina State and Common Core Standards are utilized to guide curriculum selection and presentation.     

The focus of the BTG 4th/5th Grade Classroom is to extend the academic skills gained in 2nd grade and continue the development of group and social skills such as team work and peer play.  BTG classes also attend regular field trips in the local community.  

Stemming from a traditional one-on-one ABA setup, children are taught to respond within different student-to-teacher ratios, teaching styles, and classroom environments. This process generalizes skills learned in traditional one-on-one ABA therapy to a group environment and teaches students how to learn in a group setting. BTG places a large emphasis on improving adaptive and self-regulation skills to reduce the occurrence of potentially disruptive behaviors.


Lead Teacher, Ms. Valerie

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Valerie joined the Hope Reach team in January, 2016, as a line therapist. She previously work with children with autism for five years in Pennsylvania.
Valerie loves interacting with kids of all ages, and teaching them is her passion. 

Valerie grew up in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. She has many years of experience in the school setting with children in grades Prek-12.

Outside of work Valerie enjoys boating, traveling and gardening. 

 


Classroom RBT, Ms. Jacob

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Bridging the Gap 6th Grade Classroom

BTG 6th grade classroom is a small-group classroom designed where the student to teacher ratio is 4:1. Students are instructed independently, in small groups, and as whole class. Multiple learning styles are incorporated in the intimate classroom setting through the use of hands-on group activities, technology based instruction, and independent work that is differentiated to their level. In a typical day, students learn and practice core academic subjects, as well as social skills and age appropriate functional tasks. We also incorporate fun and creativity into the classroom through art, and utilizing the outdoors and the community around us.

The focus of the BTG 6th grade classroom is designed to extend the academic skills gained in prior grades and continue the development of group and social skills such as team work and conversation.  BTG classes also attend regular field trips in the local community.  

Stemming from a traditional one-on-one ABA setup, children are taught to respond within different student-to-teacher ratios, teaching styles, and classroom environments. This process generalizes skills learned in traditional one-on-one ABA therapy to a group environment and teaches students how to learn in a group setting. BTG places a large emphasis on improving adaptive and self-regulation skills to reduce the occurrence of potentially disruptive behaviors.


Lead Teacher, Mr. Jacob 

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Jacob joined the Hope Reach staff in January of 2015, after 6 years of work with children on the Autism Spectrum. He began his ABA training with the Early Autism Project in 2008 and spent 3 years doing one on one ABA therapy for children in the Fort Mill and Clover areas of South Carolina. He also spent 4 years working with Turning Point Services, teaching functional and vocational skills to teenagers and young adults on the spectrum, and 2 years in the South Carolina public school system, as a shadow and an ABA therapist. Jacob joined the BTG team in June of 2015 as a Middle School Co-Teacher.  He brings a great deal of experience and excitement to the classroom!

Jacob’s favorite part about working for Project HOPE is the opportunity to merge his passions for ABA and functional/vocational teaching. In the Bridging the Gap classroom, he gets the chance to teach academic as well as life skills in order to give his students a leg up for their future.

Classroom RBT, Ms. Nina

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