Our practice offers services with three different levels of professionals. Therapeutic sessions may be conducted by Interventionists, Senior Interventionists or Credentialed Staff (BCBAs, OTs, SLPs). All of our providers have experience teaching children with special needs and are committed to providing the highest quality of service. The composition of each client’s multi-disciplinary team of providers is decided on an individual basis, in collaboration with the family, based on type of service requested and level of expertise that would most benefit the client.
We often recommend a package of intervention sessions conducted in various locations and with a variety of persons in the individual’s life. This practice of providing treatment in a variety of natural settings is encouraged to help children generalize their skills and allow parents and other providers to maintain skills that the child acquires during therapy.
In-home or Clinic Based Sessions
In-home direct intervention
Home-based sessions offer opportunities for individuals to learn within the context of the environment that is central to their lives. The sessions are often focused on individualized goals that improve daily functioning, play routines or leisure skills within their home, and other developmental goals that can increase the ability of the child and family to interact and engage successfully in the home. Home-based interventions may and are encouraged to include siblings, parents, caregivers, or other family members.
Clinic-based sessions offer opportunities for individuals to learn within a context that is more similar to a classroom or therapy space. Sessions in the clinic can be conducted with the provider and client, or within a small group using a 1:1 teacher:child ratio. The clinic based environment is individualized based on what each individual needs and if engagement with other peers or clients would be beneficial for programming. We currently offer clinic-based sessions at our office(s) in Boulder and Denver.
Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Intervention
We offer 6 credential staff (BCBAs, OT, SLP) and Senior Interventionists certified in the direct delivery of the Early Start Denver Model
for in-home, clinic based, school-based, and farm-based sessions. Our interventionists implement the model with fidelity as well. In addition, Thrive offers ESDM training for schools, community agencies, or other service delivery programs. ESDM is a well-researched treatment approach for very young children with autism spectrum disorders. In 2012, findings on the brain benefits of Early Start Denver Model made TIME magazine’s Top Ten Medical Breakthroughs of the year (link
ESDM focuses on providing a comprehensive behavioral early intervention approach for children with autism, ages 12 to 48 months. The program incorporates an extensive developmental curriculum based on typical child development that defines the skills to be taught and suggested teaching procedures and strategies to achieve a high rate of learning and engagement during therapy. It is a model that can be provided in any delivery setting. It is encouraged to be implemented by therapy teams and/or parents.
The core features of the model include:
- Naturalistic applied behavioral analytic strategies
- Sensitivity to the typical developmental sequence
- High level of parental involvement
- Focus on meaningful social exchange and positive affect
- Shared engagement with joint activities
- Language and communication taught inside a positive, affect-based relationship
(Rogers & Dawson, 2010)
ESDM Advanced Workshops
We currently offer Advanced ESDM workshops in collaboration with Colorado Children’s Hospital! In this hands-on workshop professionals who have completed the Introductory Workshop will learn how to carry out ongoing therapy using the ESDM. Teams of 3-5 professionals will be grouped together to receive direct practice with children with ASD and supervision with implementing an ESDM intervention program. Following the Advanced Workshop, our Thrive ESDM trainers can also provide supervision to those professionals who wish to pursue certification as an certified ESDM therapist. Diane Osaki and Theresa MacFarland are our two ESDM certified trainers at Thrive and join Dr. Elizabeth Griffith as The Colorado ESDM Training Committee.
If you are interested in attending an ESDM Advanced workshop in Denver, CO, please see this Colorado ESDM Training Committee informational page or contact us at ESDM@childrenscolorado.org for an application.
The next workshop is scheduled for June 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2017 at the Children’s Hospital Campus.
In-home Parent Training
In-home parent training sessions offer opportunities for parents to gain additional strategies for teaching and interacting with their child. At Thrive, we believe that parents and families are the most influential teachers for every child. Our experience and a significant amount of research has validated, time after time, that working closely with parents and significant others leads to optimal results in the treatment of autism. Parent training is a critical component of every child’s program at Thrive. Our providers at Thrive provide a variety of trainings focused on Applied Behavior Analytic principles, Early Start Denver Model, Hanen, and Enhanced Milieu Teaching (EMT).
Intervention Consultation and Service Coordination
Intervention consultation and service coordination offer families the opportunity to ask in-depth questions regarding recommendations for their individual child as well as navigate the various avenues of therapy such as funding, community resources, or collaboration between service providers. Often families are searching for recommendations on their child’s global service plan. They have questions such as: “What type of intervention is best for my child?,” “How intensive should intervention be?,” and “How can my child’s school environment be enhanced?” We are available to sort through the difficult and complex maze of intervention(s) for autism and other special needs. We welcome families to contact us to engage in consultation and service coordination.
School Consultation and Training
School consultation and training offers opportunities for schools, community organizations, or families to access the expertise at Thrive to provide individualized consultation or training in a community environment. Thrive Collaborative professionals have extensive experience working and consulting with school professionals to enhance the effectiveness of autism programming. We value collaboration. Our priority in teacher training and program development is on personalized and practical change in teacher and student learning. We strive to create a professional, collaborative relationship where we can learn from each other and develop plans that will have an immediate, positive effect for the individual, community agency, or school.
School-Based Direct Intervention
School-based direct intervention sessions offer families or schools the opportunity to have Thrive providers work directly with students in the school environment to maximize their success and learning. With school and family approval, providers from Thrive can conduct school observations, formulate treatment protocols, and work side-by-side with an individual’s school staff to maximize the therapeutic gain within the school day. A focus of direct intervention in school is to create and model meaningful and effective teaching procedures, generalize skills in various environments or subjects, and encourage the highest level of independence possible for a given student.
We value the opportunity to collaborate and generalize skills within the school environment. To do so, Thrive seeks to both accomplish the goals of individualized school programming, while respecting the culture and expertise of the school professionals.
Thrive Autism Collaborative Behavior Analysts offer supervision for those pursuing BCBA or BCaBA Certification. Supervision experiences are offered both locally and remotely and may include both one on one and group supervision opportunities. With many years of experience in the field, we understand that rich, in-depth experience and practice are key components of learning to apply the principles of ABA effectively in intervention. For those who have interest in working with people with developmental disabilities and/or Autism, Thrive Behavior Analysts have in depth knowledge, skills, and experience in providing thoughtful intervention, collaborating with families and teachers, and working in a variety of therapeutic settings. We value high quality supervision that creates a valuable learning opportunity for our supervisees. We also understand that having a variety of supervision experiences is valuable and that supervision candidates need to find the right fit for their learning needs and goals. Please contact us if you are interested in seeking supervision.
Parent Workshop Series: Coming Soon!
- Board Certified Behavior Analysts
- Speech Language Pathologist
- Occupational Therapist
- ESDM certified therapists in direct delivery
- ESDM Trainer
- Senior Interventionist (Master’s level, ESDM certified in direct delivery)
- Interventionist (Bacherlors’s or Master’s level; experienced)
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