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.