The workshops are based on Bridges’ 2015 book Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism, which applies American Professor Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory to autism.
“It gives parents, cheaply, a look into a new way of looking at autism but also physical activities to give children greater awareness,” she said.
“We work on ways to reset the body and get to know their body better.”
Bridges, who works with people privately and also through an autism services provider, said her method was fun, interactive and “full of hope”.
“It’s much more effective and also really very kind,” she said.
“It’s very much about interconnectedness between the mind and body.”
She said she was not aware of anyone else who had linked the theory with autism. “I’ve never seen anything that made sense of the mind and body like this,” she said.
“It’s all very gentle and about having awareness of the body and the environment.”
The four-week program starts on April 4 at Koondoola Community Centre and costs $120 or $80 concession. For more information, call 0408 746 896.