ABOUT US

Sasha and Son
Sasha and her son Jake

FOUNDER - SASHA ZERKALOVA

My path towards founding First Bridge began with my family’s personal journey with autism. Every parent is faced with the question of what is best for their child. This question is even more challenging, and often overwhelming, when raising a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder.

I know first hand what it feels like to be unable to communicate with your child. At the age of 18 months, my son began losing skills, one at a time and then all at once. At that point, I promised myself that I would do everything possible to find the best approach to help him learn and
develop. I was relentless in my search, trying five different approaches across three countries, on two continents – all within one year.

My son’s name is Jake and he is 7 years old. 

"Today, he is a loving and caring brother to his younger sister Bailey. Today he is surrounded by friends and making new ones wherever he goes. "

Today he is living a life full of opportunities and choices that he is able to make, sharing these wonderful moments with us every day and making me immensely proud for the difficulties we have overcome together.

The fact that all of this seemed improbable, often times impossible, at the beginning of our journey inspired me to build a company that will help thousands of parents like myself. My enormous gratitude goes out to the team of professionals who worked with Jake over the past four years. Jake’s success story is a true manifestation of their skill, hard work, dedication, and fun-loving attitude that is fundamental to the ABA profession. 

Working together with clinicians, families, communities and schools following a true  interprofessional approach, I believe that we can help children realise their amazing potential.

EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT AT THE CORE OF OUR MODEL

Research clearly shows that early years intensive intervention is key to overcoming the core deficits and barriers caused by ASD and other development disorders which can be treated with Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA).

ABA is a systematic research-based therapy that has been scientifically proven to enhance cognitive, social, language and adaptive skills, optimize learning and behavioural outcomes, and improve the quality of life of children with autism and other development disorders.

ABA therapy facilitates a child’s ability to learn by decreasing the barriers that inhibit communication and learning life-essential skills in the first place, such that optimal functioning and quality of life of a child are realized.  

BETTER TOGETHER

Research clearly shows that early years intensive intervention is key to overcoming the core deficits and barriers caused by ASD and other development disorders which can be treated with Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA).

ABA is a systematic research-based therapy that has been scientifically proven to enhance cognitive, social, language and adaptive skills, optimize learning and behavioural outcomes, and improve the quality of life of children with autism and other development disorders.

ABA therapy facilitates a child’s ability to learn by decreasing the barriers that inhibit communication and learning life-essential skills in the first place, such that optimal functioning and quality of life of a child are realized.