Intensive Autism Therapy Programs

For families who live outside of Colorado or abroad, Soar offers three different options for intensive therapy based on the Early Start Denver Model.

 

Our intensive, hybrid, and fully remote therapy options are designed to meet the needs of diverse families. These programs often serve families who live far from Soar’s centers or who come from different countries so their children can receive therapy at Soar.

Intensive Autism Therapy

This program begins with comprehensive training for your child’s caregiver (a nanny or home-based therapist that Soar identifies and trains). This is combined with ESDM therapy for your child up to four weeks. This portion of the intensive therapy can be delivered in Denver or Chicago. Afterward, the child and family will receive several months of in-person, one-on-one therapy from the trained caregiver. Soar’s intensive autism therapy program also includes ongoing support and consultation with the ESDM-trained caregiver, delivered via telehealth, once a family is back home.

Hybrid Autism Therapy

This program begins with four weeks of in-person, one-on-one ESDM therapy for your child combined with training for parents and caregivers. This portion of the hybrid therapy can be delivered in Denver or Chicago. When the child and family return home, they will receive an additional eight weeks of remote support and ESDM coaching delivered to parents and caregivers via telehealth.

Fully Remote Autism Therapy

Soar’s fully remote therapy program offers intensive coaching for parents and caregivers to implement ESDM therapy. Coaching is provided by a BCBA. The number of weeks of coaching is determined based on the child and family’s needs. The fully remote therapy program also offers families remote observation and guidance on ESDM therapy delivery and treatment goals.

Want More Information?

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and learn more about your child and what your family needs.  Please sign up for a time to meet with one of our experienced BCBAs, Katarina Baldovin.

How do I know if Soar’s program is right for my child? 

Soar designed our intensive therapy programs to create a solid ESDM foundation for children and their families. Soar’s programs empower families and give them the skills to practice the ESDM at home with remote support from our expert clinicians.

Soar’s intensive therapy programs are flexible and can work with not only parents and family caregivers, but also support members outside of your immediate family who will be working with the child. For example, if your family employs a nanny or a behavioral technician, Soar can work with this person and provide intensive training.

Consider Soar’s intensive therapy programs if you:

  • Live in the U.S. but far from Soar Autism Center’s service areas in Colorado and Arizona
  • Live outside of the U.S.
  • Are specifically looking for an effective, evidence-based ESDM approach that blends behavioral, developmental, and relationship-based interventions
  • Prefer a naturalistic (play-based) curriculum
  • Have a child between 12 months and 6 years with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or ASD. (For children under the age of 2 years, this may show up as noted developmental delays or other risk factors for ASD)

Please note that Soar’s intensive therapy programs may not be covered by your insurance or may only be covered as an out-of-network benefit. We are happy to discuss costs and payment options with you.

Why does Soar emphasize the ESDM?

Strong Clinical Evidence

  • Multiple randomized clinical trials show impact of ESDM for young children
  • Approach leads to superior outcomes compared to traditional care, particularly in language development
  • ESDM is the most rigorously tested ABA-based intervention for young kids!
  • Gains continue over time compared to community programming

Developmentally Appropriate and Fun!

  • Follows the science of early child development
  • Children and providers build strong, nurturing relationships
  • Kids have a great time in therapy and look forward to coming back each day to Soar

Key Features of the ESDM

  • Learning through play and everyday routines

    Joint activity routines (JARs) are used as the core learning tool in the ESDM.

  • Curriculum focused on foundational skills

    The ESDM checklist focuses on key skills for young children: communication, social skills, play, dressing, etc.

  • Focus on relationships

    Teaches children that caregivers are fun and creates a foundation for ongoing learning.

  • Teaching moments are built into routines

    ABA teaching strategies are embedded into JARs for learning

Sources

  1. Rogers, & Dawson, 2010
  2. Rogers et al. An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn. The Guilford Press, 2012.
  3. Dawson et al, Pediatrics, 2010.
  4. Rogers et al, JAACAP, 2019. Dawson et al, JAACAP, 2012.
  5. Estes et al, JAACAP, 2015.
  6. Vivanti & Stahmer, Behavior Analysis in Practice, 2020.
  7. Baer et al, JABA, 1968.

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