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Bridging the Gap Post-Elementary

Bridging The Gap Post-Elementary

The BTG Junior and Senior High programs are designed for students between the ages of 10-16 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 classroom. Two adults work together to increase attention in a group, with one teacher leading a group lesson and the other serving as a RBT. Students also receive one-on-one instruction for their core academic subjects.

BTG classrooms are setup with a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Each classroom has a lead and classroom RBT and a maximum of 8 students. All of the BTG teachers come with a strong background of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is the foundation for all of our classroom settings.

 

To find out more information about the BTG philosophy or get more information for your child, please contact our BTG Coordinators at 864-676-0028.

ERICK SPIVEY, Junior High 

ERICK SPIVEY, Junior High 

BEN NICHOLAS, Junior High 

BEN NICHOLAS, Junior High 

JORDAN LEWIS, Senior High 

JORDAN LEWIS, Senior High 

DAVID HILL, Senior High

DAVID HILL, Senior High


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Bridging the Gap Junior High Classroom

The BTG junior high program is designed for students between the ages of 11-14 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 middle school classroom. Teachers work together to increase attention during group instruction, 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 4:1 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.  Students are placed in classrooms based on a variety of factors, including social and academic skills.  A consistent curriculum across classrooms allows teachers to individualize goals and meet students at their individual level. 

BTG junior high allows students to make academic, social, and behavioral gains by utilizing a fast-paced, fun environment.  The Middle School program also utilizes an extended school day (8:15am-4:30pm) to target functional life skills such as cooking, money management, daily chores, and self-care.  Students are able to participate in weekly community outings where they are able to practice skills such as ordering food at a restaurant, shopping for specific items, exchanging money, and manners.  This class is unique in it's blended instruction of academic, social, behavioral, and life skills.


Lead Teacher, Mr. Erick

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Erick began working at Project HOPE Foundation after earning a Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies degree with components in English and Psychology from North Greenville University. His experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis has come from starting with Hope Reach as a line therapist in summer 2015 and working to spring 2016 when he then became a lead therapist from spring 2016 to spring 2017. Erick has served clients in Hope Reach, Hope Alive, and Bridging the Gap programs in the Upstate and Greenwood locations. 

Erick is most excited about the opportunity to work with Bridging the Gap students in order to help guide their success in a classroom that will assist them for their future. He enjoys seeing the change that has come to families and the joy that families have had over the small achievements their children constantly make. Each child’s individual success is important to him. Erick is currently enrolled in Florida Institute of Technology's Applied Behavior Analysis master's program with the hopes of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Classroom RBT, Mr. Ben

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I began working for Project Hope in May of 2015. My first ABA experience came as a line therapist with Hope Reach, but I also spent time as a shadow in the BTG preschool classroom that first summer. I have learned so much this last year working with clients across the spectrum and in a wide variety of environments. I was thrilled when I was offered the BTG Preschool Assistant Teacher position for this summer and the 2016-2017 school year. I am extremely excited to learn and work with everyone at Bridging the Gap.
I have always been a kid at heart, so working with children comes naturally to me. I love their beautiful smiles, curious nature, and hilarious ways. My goal is to provide a fun, open, and loving environment that offers each student their best chance to succeed. I want to foster an atmosphere of communication in order to equip every child with the means to accomplish anything they put their mind to. I cannot wait to work alongside the students as they progress through their individual journey. 
Degree: B.A. in Communications (2015) from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC
Hobbies: swimming, cycling, running, competitive triathlons, any sport, reading, hiking, camping, acting, and eating

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Bridging the Gap Senior High Classroom

The BTG senior high classroom is designed for students between the ages of 11-14 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 middle school classroom. Teachers work together to increase attention during group instruction, 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 4:1 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.  Students are placed in classrooms based on a variety of factors, including social and academic skills.  A consistent curriculum across classrooms allows teachers to individualize goals and meet students at their individual level. 

BTG senior high allows students to make academic, social, and behavioral gains by utilizing a fast-paced, fun environment.  The Middle School program also utilizes an extended school day (8:15am-4:30pm) to target functional life skills such as cooking, money management, daily chores, and self-care.  Students are able to participate in weekly community outings where they are able to practice skills such as ordering food at a restaurant, shopping for specific items, exchanging money, and manners.  This class is unique in it's blended instruction of academic, social, behavioral, and life skills.

Typical  Weekly Schedule

Typical  Weekly Schedule


Lead Teacher, Ms. Jordan

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Jordan began working for Project Hope Foundation in 2014 and served as a shadow in the Middle School classroom for a year and a half before accepting a teaching position in 2016. 

She has been passionate about working with children and being involved in education for children on the autism spectrum ever since her younger sister was diagnosed with autism over 10 years ago. Project Hope, Hope Academy and Bridging the Gap did wonders for her sister's growth both socially and academically and she is so excited to now be a part of a company that offers so many opportunities for kids. 
She is looking forward to getting to watch her students learn, grow and succeed in the Middle School class! 

Hobbies: Skydiving, Yoga, Traveling, Dancing and Hiking. 

Classroom RBT, Mr. David

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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.