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 ext. 10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intensive High quality Intervention
Speech and occupational therapy
By 2003 (age 8), Carissa had never spoken a word. After years of therapy with traditional speech therapists, she could not speak and could not express herself using sign language or pictures. She could not tell us that she wanted a cookie, had a headache, or was tired. She would whine, and we would go through a checklist of things she might want until she stopped. Negative behaviors emerged as a result of her not being able to communicate. Violent tantrums occurred several times each day.Read Full Story