School Age Programs



Firefly Autism offers three year-round programs at the Firefly Autism House in south Denver. 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.


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. Individual goals are created from the strength and needs assessment. Each goal includes multiple learning objectives which are targeted daily. Progress on the objectives is assessed regularly. 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.



Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., year round.


For more information

Please call 303-759-1192 or email


Intensive High quality Intervention

  • 1:1 and group instruction that includes incidental teaching, structured learning opportunities, relationship building, sensory social routines
  • Planned opportunities for interactions with typical peers
  • Nationally recognized pre and post assessments
  • Individualized data collection
  • Regular review and holistic consideration of individual children by clinical management team


Speech and occupational therapy

  • Weekly consultation and direct individual therapy from highly experienced autism professionals
  • Speech and occupational therapy goals embedded in natural daily routines
  • Daily activities focusing on social-relatedness and communication development


Parent training

  • Training includes observation, feedback, hands-on learning opportunities
  • Initial home visits
  • Individualized, regular progress meetings



  • Highly qualified staff meeting or exceeding Colorado Department of Education standards
  • Masters level, licensed Childcare Director
  • Board certified behavior analyst
  • Speech/language pathologists, occupational therapist, clinical psychologist, licensed teachers
  • Leadership and teachers fully invested in children’s progress and care
  • Ongoing commitment to professional development, training, and autism education