Changing hearts and minds around the globe

Reframing Autism & Aspergers

A new and progressive approach to autism therapy that empowers and enriches lives.
"When we are in a flight/fight or immobilised state, our executive functioning, cognitive function, connection to self, ability to connect with others all go offline. When we restore the body to a more comfortable state, we gain more access to ourselves and to our capacity to be in the world."

Holly Bridges
Humanity's path forward

Imagine Viewing Autism From A New Perspective

See the benefits of the autistic brain, while gaining new insights of how the body influences the mind, to harmonize the body, gain mental clarity and a calm baseline.

POLYVAGAL THEORY & AUTISM

Central to A.R.T is the crucial role of the vagus nerve in helping people perceive a restful body state to regulate their flight/fight response.

BRAIN PLASTICITY & AUTISM

Of equal importance is the evidence that we each are able to build emotional resilience, grow and gain practical skills, at any age.

BODY
COGNITION

Learn to develop innovative ways to personally bring peace to your mind and body, that are not mindfulness or breathing techniques.

Shining the light

EXCITING NEW APPROACHES TO AUTISM THERAPY.

REFRAME YOUR THINKING AROUND AUTISM.

So much of traditional autism therapy is devoted to removing variances and aligning with the typical. What if this is a false benchmark against which we judge those on the autism spectrum? Reframing Autism™ is about celebrating diversity. It is tapping into the innate intelligence, brilliance and creativity of enhanced perception and then helping autistic people to make the most of their gifts. Diversity is the essence of brilliance and when we stifle it, in a neurotypical mould, it is the world’s loss. We need to adapt and create new, more appropriate and innovative ways to support this way of being. This video, along with Holly’s work in the US and Australia were seminal in the development of A.R.T. (Autism Reframe Technique™).

sharing their story
NIC, GRAPHIC DESIGNER

“My personality and who I am is still very much there, it’s just without those things that were hindering my abilities and my confidence”

DANNY RAEDE, CEO

“I’m able to process a lot more stuff, things just don’t bother me as much. I found it to be profoundly life-changing”

JODIE, MOTHER OF MAX (5)

“After the second session he went out into the front yard and started kicking the ball around

MICHAEL, GOLD PROSPECTOR

“One thing I will absolutely say is I am glad I came here; it certainly was an experience and I will treasure it”

TAKE A JOURNEY

OUR SERVICES

CONSULTATIONS

Face to face and/or Skype sessions, 1:1 or accompanied by a parent or supporter, to build people’s strengths and individual style.

INTENSIVES

Three day mini-intensives and seven day intensives, in Perth (Australia) or by arrangement at a mutually convenient location.

WORKSHOPS

Public and within-organisation one day and two day seminars & workshops, with optional third day advanced or practitioner sessions.

TRAINING

Structured training programs, internationally accredited for continuing education (CPD), for therapists & workplaces.

Reframe your thinking around autism: How the polyvagal theory and brain plasticity help us make sense of autism, by Holly Bridges. Book and E-book, 104 pages, 1st edition, 2015. ISBN:978-1-84905-672-4.

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The Polyvagal Theory focuses on our ability to be socially engaged. In order to use our social capacity, we need to be in the right physical state. When we are in a flight/fight, or more immobilised state, our physical ability to use our social system – eyes, ears, voice, connection to heart…

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So much of our focus on the Polyvagal Theory centres around honouring and validating the ventral vagus and teaching people to move up from the dorsal states and into the light of the ventral states. According to the polyvagal theory the ventral vagus – the second branch of the parasympathetic nervous system…

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So much of traditional autism therapy is devoted to removing variances and aligning with the typical. What if this is a false benchmark against which we judge those on the autism spectrum? For too long we have had a very narrow focus on autism as deficit without being able to see the incredible…

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Holly Bridges is an author, teacher and mentor.
She provides consultations and workshops via Skype
and face to face in Australia, the USA and UK.

Experience
Stephen Porges
Professor of Psychiatry.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“I became acquainted with Holly in 2014, when she contacted me to evaluate a prepublication copy of her book, Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism: How the Polyvagal Theory and Brain Plasticity Help Us Make Sense of Autism.

Since I developed Polyvagal Theory, I was curious how she would distill the concepts of theory into an accessible volume that would be helpful to those on the autism spectrum, their families, and the therapists and educators who support them. In reading her book, I realized that Holly had a gifted presentation style that enabled her to communicate the optimistic and important principles of the Polyvagal Theory.

Holly continues to refine her clinical style, embodying aspects of Polyvagal Theory, that enable her to support her clients’ journey to have richer lives and to experience the benefits being safe enough to co-regulate with others.

Focusing on witnessing the client’s biobehavioral state and providing cues of safety through own presence and accessibility, she has successfully expanded the range of the social behavior and resilience”.

Dr. Gerard Costa
Director, Centre for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health.
Montclair State University, New Jersey

“Holly is an incredible thinker and a sought-after consultant and interventionist with neurodiverse children and families. However her skills as a writer and presenter are extraordinary.

She is warm, engaging and energetic with the capacity to teach about very complex topics in very understandable ways.

One of her special gifts as a presenter is her use of simple line drawings of human and brain/nervous system structures and functions, making the complex interactions come alive, making incredible sense to participants with varying levels of knowledge.

Holly is one of those rare “translators” of science into application and practice. She teaches professionals and families and supports those with developmental difficulties with deep understanding, passion and care.

She is a gift to our work.”