Integrated Autism Therapy for the Whole Child

Soar is a multi-disciplinary clinic focused on diagnosis and therapy for children with autism.

 

With an approach backed by the most trusted science and an experienced team of child development specialists, our integrated autism program coordinates all of your child’s therapy and treatment needs under one roof. We offer access to a unique, leading autism therapy based on the Early Start Denver Model, which though not widely available, is shown to improve outcomes for children with autism. Learn more about our services below. 

Parent Kit

This comprehensive guide was specifically designed for parents of autistic children in the greater Denver area. Download your own free copy now:

Diagnostics

Early identification and intervention are important to long-term child outcomes. We provide families with access to diagnostic evaluations that include thorough recommendations and support for ongoing care. Our diagnosticians are here to help guide you through your journey in finding the right care for your family and child.

To learn more about Soar’s diagnostics program, click here.

Naturalistic ABA therapy (ESDM)

We focus on naturalistic and play-based forms of behavior therapy. Our therapy program is based on the principles of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). The ESDM is a naturalistic therapy model that focuses on skill development in the context of play and relationship-building, and is the leading, evidence-based therapy for children aged 1 to 5 that combines applied behavior analysis (ABA), developmental science, and relationship-based approaches. 

The ESDM model is shown in high-quality research studies to improve language skills, cognition, social skills, adaptive skills and behavior in children with autism.  

To learn more about Soar’s ESDM program, click here.

Speech Therapy

Challenges in social communication and interaction are common for children with autism. Our Speech Language Pathologists will work with your family and child to identify communication goals and provide treatment in a developmentally-appropriate way to meet your child where they are. We also have clinicians trained in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies to aid in communication for your child.

To learn more about Soar’s speech therapy program, click here.

Occupational Therapy

Many children with autism have challenges in motor skill development and daily living skills, as well as sensory processing and diet and feeding needs. Our occupational therapists will work with you and your child to support those needs in a playful environment.

To learn more about Soar’s occupational therapy program, click here.

Psychological Care

Having a child with autism can present your family with unique stressors. We are here to provide your family with support via licensed counselors, whether that be for your whole family, one or both caregivers, or your child’s siblings.

Parent Partnership & Support

You are the expert on your child. We recognize your expertise and partner with you on the treatment for your child. We provide parent training in the evidence-based Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) to help you implement principles in the home.

Naturalistic, Play-Based ABA Therapy 

Amanda Ariza, BCBA, MA, offers an overview of Soar’s approach to naturalistic, play-based ABA therapy based on the Early Start Denver Model.

Soar Therapy Programs

Soar offers two age-specific programs designed to meet the needs and reach the goals of most young children.

Autism Early Start Program

 

Ages 7 and Under

 

Comprehensive and integrated therapy to build foundational skills and enable transition to other settings, like school

Focused Therapy Program

 

Graduates of Soar, All Ages

 

Tailored therapy specific to certain skills, therapy types, or domain areas

Schedule

Each of our programs is custom-designed to the individual child and typically involves multiple hours of therapy per week. An example child schedule might look like the following:

8:00 AM

Drop off time, daily living skills & transitions

9:00 AM

Group instruction

9:30 AM

1:1 Naturalistic ABA therapy (ESDM)

10:30 AM

Social goals & active play

11:30 AM

1:1 Naturalistic ABA therapy (ESDM)

12:15 PM

Lunch, daily living skills, and rest (if needed)

1:45 PM

Speech therapy

2:45 PM

Snack time

3:00 PM

1:1 Naturalistic ABA therapy (ESDM)

4:00 PM

Pick up

Our Care Philosophy

We believe in the potential of all kids with autism, and we value them for who they are

Our primary job is to help each child reach their fullest potential as a person with autism. We are not trying to cure them of autism or make them appear “normal” in terms of societal expectations. Instead, we aim to help them cultivate their strengths, develop new skills to navigate the modern world, and grow their self-confidence as a person with autism.

We see autism as having neurodevelopmental, not behavioral, roots

We think some programs too narrowly define autism based on deficits and prioritize “fixing” behaviors. We view autism as a neurodevelopmental condition that leads children to act or communicate in certain ways based on individual reactions to their environment. As such, we ask “why” a child is acting a certain way and empathize with their perspective as we develop a therapy plan to support them.

We focus on learning through play, particularly for young children

We think some programs are using overly structured and rigid programs that don’t generalize learning. As much as possible, we incorporate play as a natural, developmentally appropriate way to help kids cultivate and generalize new skills in new areas, using their interests as the primary motivator.

We collaborate for the best child outcomes

Autism is complex and inherently requires multi-disciplinary collaboration, both among the care team and between the care team and family. We work in partnership with parents and caregivers to design the best individualized program for each child.

We follow the scientific evidence

We continuously identify the highest-quality interventions with proven success from scientific studies that help children with autism develop and grow. We are fluent in the best models, particularly for young learners (such as the Early Start Denver Model), and we hire and train the right clinicians to deliver them in our center.

We believe in transparency and continuous improvement

We place a tremendous emphasis on caregiver satisfaction, and we hold ourselves accountable for facilitating meaningful progress for each child. As always, we use that data to learn how to improve care delivery for current and future children with autism.

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