The Bloom Program

The Bloom Program is a full-time (five days-a-week), therapeutic program for children ages 2-5 with Autism Spectrum Disorder that incorporates speech-language therapy (group and individual), occupational therapy, and applied behavior analysis throughout the day. Bloom is a year-round program, beginning in August, with therapies designed to help children increase effective communication, activities of daily living, and social skills. Children in Bloom work on skills in both individual and group environments to maximize learning and growth during the program. Bloom is a tuition-based program with therapeutic services billed to insurance and/or Medicaid.

What Makes Bloom Unique?

  • Integrates speech therapy, occupational therapy, and applied behavior analysis throughout the child’s day
  • Use of individual, small group and large group therapy
  • Focused practice on transitions between activities
  • Incorporates opportunities for socialization and increased food acceptance
  • Guided centers with transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Motor lab and Music and Movement with occupational therapy focus and support
  • Collaborative professional team holds weekly meetings
  • Parent and professional team meet each semester to develop and review therapeutic plan

Application Process

The application period occurs in the spring of each year. Applications will be posted in this page in January. Children must be NO older than 5 on or before September 30 of the current school year. A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is required for admittance into Bloom.

Applications for the 2019-2020 year are now closed. For more information, please contact our CDC Coordinator, Lauren Shaw, at


Bloom is a tuition based program. There are a limited number of scholarships available each year. After completing the Bloom application, you will receive information on how to apply for financial aid.

Please note that tuition does not cover the cost of co-pays, deductibles, etc.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students: Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation doing business as The Emerge Center school admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, and religion.