Building Bridges

Jun 26 / KoolMinds Intl

Meet Sue Bridgman

Drive about an hour north of Denver and you will arrive in the pretty city of Greeley, Colorado. Greeley has much to offer in the way of agriculture and arts but the true gem is Bridging the Gaps Dyslexia Center which is where you'll find Sue Bridgman, Founder and Executive Director, working to provide resources to families struggling with learning disabilities. 

The center has much to offer in the way of instruction for students, but also training and seminars aimed at educating the community and arming them to handle the challenges our students face daily in their academics. Sue's center has been around since 2018 but only  recently added our program to their offerings. 

Tell us about yourself, your background and how you initially heard about KoolMinds:

My name is Sue Bridgman, and I have been in the educational field for over 30 years in the United States and Canada. I am dyslexic and ADHD myself, so helping kids with the same struggles as I went through in school was my reason and passion for creating the My Multiplication Magic, a multi-sensory system for learning multiplication and division facts, and starting our nonprofit dyslexia center.

I am the founder and Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps Dyslexia Center in Greeley, Colorado since 2018. We are a nonprofit 501c3 organization whose mission is to provide affordable resources for parents, families, and schools. We do assessments for dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. We provide effective research-based intervention programs for students who struggle in any of those deficit areas. In addition, we provide training for parents, schools, and administrators in dyslexia awareness, multisensory math workshops, and training on the appropriate intervention programs. I initially heard about KoolMinds from the developers of the course and was excited to add this to our existing services. 

What was different about KoolMinds and why did you decide to become a licensee?

We lacked services for students who struggled with ADHD, and we had a physician who came on board to help with assessing students for ADHD, so we wanted to provide an affordable solution for parents to help with all the struggles that come with ADHD and executive function-related issues. KoolMinds Cognitive Skills Course provided that missing link for parents to get results at a fraction of the cost as other similar programs. 

Tell us how you got started, how your services have developed over time and where you see it going in the future.

I knew the owners of the company previously, and they contacted me knowing that the KoolMinds cognitive skills program would be of benefit to the families we are serving. We have had a dozen or so families go through the program, and we are hopeful that many more families will see the tremendous benefits and hop on board. 

What are some of the initial changes you can see in your students and how much do you see them improve over time?

The students that have gone through the program with fidelity have an increase in confidence, self-control, slowing down, and being more intentional when doing academic assignments. 

What are some of the challenges you face in this profession?

Some of the challenges we face in this profession are finding funds for our scholarship programs and keeping up with the demand of the number of students needing help in our area. 

Are there any nuggets of wisdom for someone considering licensing our program? 

Make sure it is a good fit for your center and aligns with your vision, purpose, and goals. If it does, then don't let the fear of something new hinder you from taking your center to the next level with this amazing program. All students can benefit from this program, especially those with ADHD and Executive Function struggles. It is a wonderful program with flexibility where parents can affordably do it at home, do a hybrid, or just let your professional staff do all of the training with the students. I recommend it to all centers who wish to provide an array of effective solutions for the families they serve. 
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