Our Programs

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.

Home-Based Services

Contact Home-Based Program Director

Dr. Amanda Kelly, PH.D, BCBA-D
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Firefly’s home and community based services treat children and adults throughout the Front Range. A parent engagement model is employed as parent involvement is a large component of any child’s program and is essential for the ongoing success of your child. By providing the parents of children with autism specialized competence in how to promote their child’s learning, more intervention time becomes available to the child and more normalized family functioning becomes a long-term reality. This program involves wraparound services to treat the entire individual, wherever the need arises; in the home, in the school, and in the community. Individuals are served by highly qualified and motivated Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) as well as Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs). Services emphasize community integration.

Center-Based Services

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Miranda Foley, MS, BCBA
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School Age Program

Firefly’s School Age Programs, a Center-Based program are for children and young adults ages 7 to 21 years old, with our Primary Program serving children ages 7 to 13 and ourSecondary Program serving individuals ages 14 to 18 years old. In addition, we have a Young Adult Program serving individuals ages 18 to 21 years old.

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 a strength and needs assessment. Each goal includes multiple learning objects which are targeted daily. Progress on the objectives is assessed regularly. Children and young adults are taught how to learn from peers, how to work cooperatively with peers and how to find adaptive ways to communicate.

We also teach functional, replacement behaviors to replace their inappropriate, problem behaviors. This allows them to more appropriately adapt to their normal school and home environments. Teaching replacement behaviors ensures each individual has the skills needed for 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 vocation skills are also emphasized.
Programming goals focus on developing an individual’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. This innovative program, funded primarily by public school districts, includes 1:1 instruction by highly motivated and trained Research Based Therapists (RBTs) overseen by a licensed teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).

Primary: 7 years to 13 years
Secondary: 14 years to 18 years
Young Adult: 18 years to 21 years
Monday – Friday
8:45 am – 3:30 pm


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

Early Childhood Services

A program of Center-Based Services, Firefly’s Early Childhood Intervention Program serves children 18 months to 6 years old and utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to assist each child in maximizing their learning potential. We use intensive instructional programming, and naturalistic teaching within daily routines to establish, maintain, and increase the children’s active engagement with people and their surroundings. Individual strengths and needs are identified across all developmental areas including social, language/communication, cognition, motor, play skills, and adaptive/life skills. Individual strengths and needs are identified across all developmental areas including social, language, cognition, motor, and play skills. Progress is assessed daily through graphing and data analysis with a review and revision of goals as needed. A primary focus of the program is functional communication and language. Services emphasize teaching a child to demonstrate the same developmental level as their neuro-typical peers. Therapy includes 1:1 teaching and training by highly motivated and trained staff to assist children who would benefit from an individualized, structured learning program.

Social Skills Group

Firefly’s Social Skills Groups are developed to meet the social and emotional needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We help members of the groups to effectively express feelings, to communicate with others, and to develop and maintain friendships in a positive, comfortable environment. We believe that our approach, coupled with strong group dynamics will help group members feel confident in their abilities to make friends within the group, as well as outside of the group setting. We offer opportunities to promote generalization of skills through our weekly “challenges” to be completed at home, such as appropriately calling or even texting a friend. By providing structured training in social skills, in a group setting, each child can learn needed skills to more fully participate in social interactions similar to their neuro-typical peers. Currently, groups meet twice a week; after school on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

 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 a strength and needs assessment. Each goal includes multiple learning objects which are targeted daily. Progress on the objectives is assessed regularly. Children and young adults are taught how to learn from peers, how to work cooperatively with peers and how to find adaptive ways to communicate.

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

Firefly offers speech and occupational therapy to enhance the services provided to our clients. Our therapists work as part of a team, integrating these therapies in collaboration with our ongoing ABA treatment. Our therapists work with all of the programs, assisting with issues such as eating problems, sensory integration problems, and fine motor concerns, just to name a few. This involves providing both direct therapy as well as consultation and training with our staff and as the client’s caregivers. The Center has a Sensory Room, which is used for direct therapy as well as a part of the client’s individualized behavior plan. Our speech therapists work with School Age, Early Childhood, and Home Based programs, working directly with a client as well as training/consultation with a client’s circle of supports including the BCBA and RBT. All of these therapies are included in a multidisciplinary team with a focus on individualized treatment and evidence-based, empirically driven practices.

School Consultation & ABA Services

Firefly offers applied behavior analysis services and consultation for students in their public and private school settings, and can contract with schools who are seeking these specialized services. Firefly can also contract directly with families where the expectation for Firefly’s support is facilitated between family and school. Firefly may provide these services depending on a student’s needs, on a short-term or ongoing basis through staff trainings, classroom consultation, or assessment and programming for individual students.

Understan­ding the Science of ABA Therapy

DEVELOP NEW SKILLS


SHAPE & REFINE PREVIOUSLY LEARNED SKILLS


DECREASE SOCIALLY SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM BEHAVIORS


Firefly Autism is a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the state of Colorado. Donations are tax-deductible.

Contact

2695 S. Jersey Street
Denver, CO 80222

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