Infants/Babies (under age 5)
The Early Childhood program serves children from 18 months of age up to first grade who will benefit from an individualized, structured learning program. Emphasis on smooth integration back into the school environment. We work with children directly in the center, with parent training and observation in the home and at the center. We use Applied Behavior Analysis in intensive instructional programming in a naturalistic setting within daily routines to build important skills and to establish, maintain, and increase the children's active engagement with people and their surroundings. Individual strengths and needs are assessed and identified across many areas including social skills, language/communication, cognition, motor, play skills, and adaptive/life skills.
We have a 97% success rate transitioning children from the Early Intervention Program to mainstream kindergarten.
Children ages 5 to 21
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Our school age programs are for children six to 18 years old with our Primary Program serving children six to 13 and our Secondary Program serving children 14 to 18. We also have a new transition program serving young adults ages 18-21.
Our specialized programs identify each student's individualized strengths and needs across multiple developmental areas including social, emotional, behavioral, language/communication, academics, and adaptive/life skills. Children are taught how to learn from peers (i.e., observational learning), how to work cooperatively with peers and how to find more adaptive ways to communicate.
We also teach replacement behaviors that are more appropriate than behaviors already existing in the child's repertoire. Teaching replacement behaviors ensures each child has the skills needed to transition back to his or her own community. Appropriate academic skills, complex leisure skills leading to sustained periods of independent play, personal independence, community access, and vocational skills are also emphasized.
Programming goals are to develop children's ability to learn in a less restrictive environment while providing short term behavioral intervention emphasizing skills that will ensure a successful and efficient transition back to his or her school and community environment.
"Our son started at Firefly Autism House in May of 2010. At the time he began, he did not engage in social behavior and could not accept comfort when he was upset. As of September, 2010, he is now looking at his teachers when he is playing on the computer and is acting out his favorite games. He is able to accept hugs when he is upset, and the periods of his being upset have dramatically decreased. At home he is playing with his brother for the first time and engages in social routines with his parents."
"Our son started at Firefly Autism House - previously the Alta Vista Center for Autism - in December of 2009. Prior to starting at Firefly, he received home tutoring because his public school district could not meet his needs. When he started, he engaged in high rates of physical aggression and was not able to be in the same room as his peers. He is now in a classroom with multiple peers, eats lunch in the lunch room with friends and can engage in leisure activities with friends. "
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Home & Community Based ABA Services
Firefly Autism offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for individuals in their homes and community settings. Firefly is committed to providing assessment and treatment that are individualized for each child, family and unique environment. Firefly recognizes that each learner has individual needs, strengths, as well as interests, and incorporates these into the treatment approach designed specifically for that learner. No single treatment approach is always the right treatment for any individual, and Firefly utilizes a variety of evidence-based teaching methodologies, as they are clinically indicated for each individual skill or behavioral objective. The child's entire family unit is considered to be our client; parents, siblings and authorized caregivers are incorporated into treatment where recommended and feasible.
Each child receiving ABA services is assigned to a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who leads the assessment, guides the treatment, and provides ongoing training and supervision to Behavioral Technicians who collect continuous session data, implement teaching procedures, and run behavior plans. All employees receive ongoing training and professional development in Applied Behavior Analysis and related topics.
ABA Services begin with an intake process that will include:
1) participating in parent-only interview and training at Firefly with one of our BCBA's
2) home/community visit for child observation and/or interaction from one of our BCBA's
3) BCBA provides initial clinical recommendations regarding further assessment and treatment
ABA Services can include some or all of the following components:
• Behavior Assessment
• Curriculum Development
• Behavior Plan Development
• School Collaboration
• Ongoing in-home ABA therapy
• Ongoing ABA therapy delivered in community settings (e.g. extracurricular activities, daycare)
• Parent Training
• Training to other providers
Any child who receives ABA services from Firefly must first complete the online referral form. The referral form gives Firefly the information needed to determine next steps.
Denver Metro Area
Firefly Autism offers Home & Community Based ABA Services to families in the Denver Metro Area and makes every attempt to service families in far-reaching areas where our services are not as commonly provided or will provide referral sources to help ensure all families who are seeking services are able to access the services that they need.
We offer some examples of the outreach program's success.
In one case, we helped a 13 year old boy learn to be successful in a school program, after several transitions through two school districts and several different programs.
We helped a 14 year-old-boy generalize skills he learned at Firefly Autism House to his home, including eating a meal at a table at home, toilet training at home, and using his language at home. By working with the family in their home, they have been able to better understand his true language capabilities and are able to support that growth at home.