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High Desert Education Service District, in partnership with Bend-La Pine Schools, offers this specialized classroom as a part of the Bend-La Pine Schools continuum of services for students on the autism spectrum. Bridges provides intensive instruction to students in grades K-3 who benefit from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching strategies and evidence-based practices.  Bridges is part of the statewide Oregon Program Autism Training Sites and Support (OrPATS) system of teaching classrooms.  We invite staff from neighboring school districts to come observe, practice and learn research-based teaching strategies at our site. The Bridges Classroom is staffed with our teacher Teresa Copeland, 9 amazing assistants (teachers in their own right) and specialists including Autism, Occupational Therapist, Augmentative Communication and Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) specialists.  We could not do what we do without all of the staff working together to create this unique learning environment. We are located at Lava Ridge Elementary School, Please give a call and come visit! Bridges Staff: Teacher: Teresa Copeland, ABA Supported Educational Assistants:  Ann Champness, Salli Hagen, Stacie Heisinger, Diane Meyers, Marsha Orton, Kim Sanchez, Jacquelyn Strayer, Katie Stoller,  and Cindy Toepfer. Central Oregon Regional Program specialists: Kitty Peterson, Katy Hietala, and Wendy Burkhardt. Bend-La Pine Schools SLP: Mary Schlaefer Support liaison: Meg Shanahan Program Supervisor: Katherine Procter