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Therapeutic Program

What is a Therapeutic Program?


A therapeutic program is an intensive therapy program that is structured within a school-like environment that uses ABA therapy techniques. Therapeutic programs support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are programs for various age groups – preschool, kindergarten, and school-aged children.

Some programs are run during the day while others occur only after-school. Parents can choose how involved their child is in each program by selecting a number of days and sessions each week. Extended scheduling is available for children who receive other services outside of program times or need additional support.

Every therapeutic program combines both group and individual goals. The programs function as a structured social setting for children to learn age-appropriate social skills as a group. At the same time, each child has their own unique programming and therapy schedule. Children are able to master their own developmental goals while building the social skills that will enable them to succeed in a more traditional school setting.

One of the key benefits of a Therapeutic Program is that they are fun! Kids enjoy working and playing with their peers on common goals, group activities and games are incorporated, and teams of therapists can collaborate to support all of the kids in the program. If you were to walk into one of these programs you’d feel the energy.

Types of Therapeutic Programs

aba therapist at westside does an activity with a child for an evaluation


IGNITE is a preschool-aged therapeutic program.  It is a full day program scheduled from 9am – 3pm. The day is divided into two parts – one session in the morning and another in the afternoon.

aba therapy program picture - activity time


RISE is a kindergarten aged therapeutic program. It is a daytime, school-like program focused on applying foundational learning skills to achieve more advanced mastery of academic, independence, and social goals.

picture of a child in an ABA therapeutic program at Westside Children's Therapy


FOCUS is an afterschool therapy program for children that go to school during the day but that are looking for additional support in a structured group setting. The program emphasizes the strengthening of school-appropriate social skills and independence in the day-to-day situations that school-aged children face, including interacting with peers, appropriately handling competitiveness, and working on teams.

Multidisciplinary Approach

An emphasis of therapeutic programs is tailoring programming to each child’s individual clinical needs. Within the schedule of the program, while the child is already at the clinic, additional therapies that target specific areas of need can be scheduled. The following therapies can be incorporated:

Program Setting

Therapeutic programs are offered at most of our locations. Each clinic includes classroom-like settings with circle time areas, tables and learner stations for classroom activities, private rooms for individualized therapies, and sensory gyms for group exercises. Our clinics are designed for children, with fun therapy equipment, vibrant colors, and age-appropriate toys and games.


Therapeutic programs are typically paid through private insurance (a child must have an autism diagnosis and ABA coverage). Our staff can determine for you if your insurance will cover IGNITE, RISE, or FOCUS. Private pay options are also available, and families can select a therapy frequency that is within their budget. For families with Medicaid that demonstrate economic hardship, Westside provides sponsorship that makes therapeutic programs more accessible.


A combination of board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) and registered behavioral technicians (RBTs) will work 1:1 with your child during the therapeutic program your child is enrolled in. They will guide your child’s involvement in peer-group activities. Additionally, every child has an individualized development plan, which can include other evidence based, therapeutic procedures. Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Child Counselors, Feeding Therapists, and Physical Therapists may be involved in the child’s individualized programming. Each child’s therapists will collaborate on the child’s therapy program.

Getting Started

The enrollment process in a therapeutic program includes the following steps:

  1. Submit the enrollment form below
  2. Our Family Support Team will contact you to learn about your child.
  3. Insurance benefits will be verified
  4. Multidisciplinary evaluations will be scheduled at the clinic closest to you
  5. Your child’s schedule will be developed and discussed with you.
  6. The program begins!

If you’re interested in beginning the process, you may enroll below. Our Patient Coordinator will call within 1-2 business days to help you determine if the program is right for your child. Alternatively, you can call us anytime at (815) 469-1500 for more information.