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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. 

Parent Kit

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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

1950s

Behaviorism

Theoretical underpinnings; specific methods no longer used

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

1970s

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

1990s-2000s+

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

FAQs

Booking

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

    Click on the Get Started button to schedule a call with someone from our team.

  • 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?

    Click on the Get Started button to schedule a call with someone from our team.

  • Visiting Soar Autism Center

  • What neighborhoods do you serve?

    We are currently located in Northeast Denver near the neighborhoods of Park Hill, Northfield, and Central Park. We are conveniently located on Quebec Street near I-70 and are a short drive from many other parts of Denver and neighboring communities.

  • Is visiting our center 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?

    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.

  • What do I need to bring with me?

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

  • Where are you located?

    We are located in Northeast Denver near the corner of Quebec Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. We are the in the first floor of the Q34 building on Quebec Street.

  • Will you be expanding to my area?

    We have plans to expand to other parts of Colorado and beyond Colorado in the near future.

  • Are you accepting new clients?

    Yes.

  • Insurance

  • Do you take my insurance?

    We are in-network with most Denver health insurance plans, including Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, United (Optum), and Medicaid (CO Health First). The best way to check if you are in-network is to call us and provide us the details of your plan, and we can confirm your insurance eligibility.

  • What if I don’t have health insurance?

    Call us and tell us about your situation.

  • How much will my out-of-pocket cost be?

    The specific out-of-pocket costs will vary based on the details on your insurance plan. A typical insurance plan may include:

    • A co-pay and/or co-insurance for visits
    • A deductible you have to pay before insurance services start paying
    • No costs above an out-of-pocket maximum, which varies by insurance plan

  • What if I have more questions about my insurance?

    Call us and tell us about your situation. We can confirm your insurance benefits for you with your insurance company.

  • Covid-19

  • What policies do you have in place for Covid-19?

     We are following and exceeding all protocols required by local public health authorities to maintain child, family, and staff safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes:

    • Vaccinating all staff for Covid-19. All of our frontline staff and administrative staff who work in our clinics have received the Moderna or Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1B1 in Colorado.
    • Wearing of masks. In addition to vaccinating our staff, we require all staff to wear a mask at all times indoors.
    • Social distancing. We follow CDC guidelines for social distancing inside our clinic between children and between staff members.
    • Daily screenings. Each staff member and each child is required to complete a daily screening (including temperature screening) to ask about potential symptoms of Covid-19 and recent exposure to other individuals with Covid-19. Any concerning individuals are sent home and not let into our clinic.

  • Is your staff vaccinated?

    Yes. All of our frontline staff and administrative staff who work in our clinics have received the Moderna or Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1B1 in Colorado.

  • Do you require children to be vaccinated?

    We strongly recommend families and children receive one of the Covid-19 vaccines. But we do not require the vaccine, especially as vaccines are in limited supply and have not been tested in young children.

  • Does your staff wear masks and maintain social distancing?

    Yes. We require all staff to wear masks at all times inside the clinic and maintain social distancing (between children and between staff members).

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