Welcome to the world of Firefly Autism

Firefly Autism employs the scientifically supported practice of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as the clinical foundation of all our treatment.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. As mentioned, behavior analysts began working with young children with autism and related disorders in the 1960s. Early techniques often involved adults directing most of the instruction. Some allowed the child to take the lead. Since that time, a wide variety of ABA techniques have been developed for building useful skills in learners with autism – from toddlers through adulthood.
These techniques can be used in structured situations such as a classroom lesson as well as in "everyday" situations such as family dinnertime or the neighborhood playground. Some ABA therapy sessions involve one-on-one interaction between the behavior analyst and the participant. Group instruction can likewise prove useful.

Learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis through this informative video courtesy of BACB.com

How does ABA benefit those with Autism?

Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective.

Firefly's Services

One of a handful of autism centers in Colorado, Firefly offers one of the most comprehensive services in the country. Our services include clinical assessments and the development of individual treatment plans, an intensive early intervention program, a school-age program for students up to age 21, a home and community based program, and weekly social skills groups. Firefly serves children (as young as 18 months of age) and adults, and every program in our clinic has a 1:1 student to teacher ratio. Firefly’s treatment is based on leading, empirically based interventions, primarily using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach functional skills. The supervising personnel for ABA-based programs are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who, in addition to holding a graduate degree, completing a series of coursework in ABA, required hours of supervision, and are credentialed by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (www.BACB.com). To maintain certification, each analyst must maintain continuing education at least annually. To enhance service delivery, our organization includes speech and occupational therapy, and mental health services, based on the individual’s needs.

Getting Started

First Steps

Start by downloading and returning the referral form to us.

Once we receive the referral packet, someone from our clinical team will contact you and explain details regarding funding, your child’s needs, and any additional information. This informal assessment period is an opportunity for us to get to know your child’s strengths, needs and potential areas of focus, as well as your family’s goals for your child.

During or after the assessment, we will recommend services for your child. At this time, the types of services that would be appropriate will be discussed.

Early Childhood Program
(Center Based Services)

Firefly's Early Childhood
(Center-Based) Program

Ages: 18 months to 5 years
Monday – Friday
Full Day: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Half Day: 8:30 am -11:30 am
11:30 pm – 2:30 pm

School Age Program
(Center Based Services)

School Age Program
(Center Based Services)

Primary: 6 years to 13 years
Secondary: 13 years to 18 years
Young Adult: 18 years to 21 years
Monday – Friday
8:45 am – 3:30 pm

Home Based Services

Home Based Services

No Age Limit
Theapy Services by Appointment

Social Skills Group

Social Skills Group

Ages: 18 months to 21 years
Group Sessions
Tues: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Speech and Occupational Therapy

Speech and Occupational Therapy

School Consultation & ABA Services

School Consultation
& ABA Services


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2695 S. Jersey Street
Denver, CO 80222