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Learn everything you need to know about autism symptoms, diagnosis, treatment plans, your role as a parent, how to take care of your child and yourself throughout this journey, and other related FAQs.

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The Evolution of ABA

Have you heard any discussion around ABA? What is it all about? How do we at Soar Autism Center approach it for our clients?

Skim through the following What Is ABA infographic and learn more about our approach at the Soar Autism Center.

Skinner/Pavlov, classical and operant conditioning with animals



Theoretical underpinnings; specific methods no longer used

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)


Lovaas, focus on behavior reinforcement in highly structured settings

Clinically effective in studies

Potentially less translatable outside of training environment

Heavy-handed response to challenging behaviors potentially used

Rogers, Dawson, Koegels, others, focus on play-based, naturalistic models that merge behavior learning with developmental science


Naturalistic developmental behavior interventions (NDBIs)

Play-based, following the child’s lead and motivation

High level of parent involvement

Clinically effective in studies

Focus on relationship building and developmentally-appropriate interventions

Sometimes too unstructured to make progress

Choices for parents today

Average Autism Clinic

Soar Autism Center

Highly structured ABA sessions using DTT used as first option for most kids

Naturalistic techniques (NDBIs) used from time to time as needed

Frontline staff with little/no training on naturalistic approaches

Naturalistic ABA methods (NDBIs) used as first option for all young learners

Deep training for frontline staff on naturalistic ABA methods (Early Start Denver Model)

DTT used if children are not progressing with naturalistic methods



  • How do I schedule a visit with Soar Autism Center?

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  • Which provider(s) will I be seeing on my visit?

    It depends on the child and where they are in their care journey. If your child does not yet have a diagnosis of autism, we have a diagnostician who can evaluate your child for autism. If your child does have a diagnosis of autism, he or she can see one or multiple members of our staff (ABA/ESDM, speech therapy, occupational therapy), depending on their clinical needs.

  • How do I get in touch with someone to discuss the situation with my child?

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  • Visiting Soar Autism Center

  • Where is Soar Autism Center located?

    We have three locations across the Denver Metro area:

    • Centennial – 9000 E. Nichols Avenue
    • Lakewood – 13949 W. Colfax Avenue
    • Central Park – 3401 Quebec Street
  • Is visiting Soar safe with Covid-19?

    We have developed a series of protocols to maintain child, family, and staff safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, including having our staff vaccinated. See the Covid-19 FAQ section for more detail on our approach.

  • How long do visits take?

    Initial diagnostic assessments may take a few hours. For children seeking therapy services, they are typically involved in full-day or half-day programs. Specific recommendations for hours of therapy are individualized to the needs of the child.

  • When should I arrive for my appointment and what should I bring?

    We kindly ask that you show up on time for your appointment. We will send you any needed forms in advance to fill out. If you are unable to fill out forms online, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out forms live.

    For an initial visit with Soar, just bring yourself, your child, and any prior records of treatment from other clinicians.

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