Bloom Class for children with Autism

Applications for the 2018-2019 Bloom year are now open! Applications due March 2.

The Bloom Program is a full time (five days-a-week) multidisciplinary program that incorporates speech therapy (group and individual), occupational therapy, and applied behavior analysis throughout your child’s day. The program lasts for 1 year.  It is a tuition-based program that requires enrollment and acceptance to the program. Children must be NO older than 5 on or before September 30, 2018. A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is required to be accepted into Bloom.

The Bloom Program is a unique opportunity here in Baton Rouge to offer an integrated approach to therapy throughout the course of your child’s day.  Through this specially-designed full time program, your child is supported in learning through multiple environments (individual, small group, and large group) with collaboration and expertise from multiple disciplines including speech, occupational therapy, and applied behavior analysis.

Specific skills that are addressed through the Bloom Program include appropriate play skills with friends, facilitating adaptive responses to challenging and difficult times (such as transitions, meal time, rest time), and increasing flexibility throughout the day. Our therapeutic professionals design a customized program to help your child progress at his or her best pace.

Application Process

We know that keeping class sizes small increases each child’s best possibility for success. Therefore, spots in the Bloom Program are limited.

In addition to completing the online application, you will need to fax or email us the following items:

For more information, please contact Lauren Shaw, CDC Coordinator


School readiness programs range from $9,000 to $13,000. Tuition does not cover co-pays, deductibles, etc. There is a registration fee of $500, and a $500 supply fee. If you need financial assistance, please click here for more information on how to apply.

If you intend to apply for financial assistance, you will need to also submit a copy of your child’s Pupil Appraisal Evaluation. If you do not have an evaluation from a Louisiana Public School District (often called Pupil Appraisal Office), you should request to start this process immediately by contacting your parish’s Pupil Appraisal department. Click HERE for the appropriate contact information.

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.