Refer a Child to Soar

Soar is an integrated, multi-disciplinary, evidence-based care provider for children with autism. We offer diagnostic services for children where there is a concern for autism, as well as integrated speech therapy, occupational therapy, and naturalistic forms of ABA (specifically the Early Start Denver Model) for children with autism. Our clinics operate as multi-disciplinary settings where clinicians coordinate care on a daily basis and partner with leading national and international experts in autism and healthcare delivery to provide the best possible clinical option for families.

Soar is best equipped to evaluate and serve two types of patients

  1. Children where there is concern for autism and who need a formal diagnostic assessment for ASD. (e.g., A toddler with a high-risk M-CHAT score that needs a diagnostic provider to administer an evidence-based assessment such as the ADOS-2)
  2. Children with a diagnosis of ASD and who might benefit from a comprehensive service offering (integrated speech therapy, OT, ABA therapy)

Refer a child to Soar Autism Center 

  1. Send an email to our HIPAA-compliant email address at
  2. Fax Soar a referral at (855) 913-2517. You can use your own internal referral forms or fill out this referral form.
  3. Call Soar in Colorado at 720-706-3396, option 1 
  4. Call Soar in Arizona at 623-263-3966

We accept most major insurance, including: Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, ComPsych, Kaiser, Optum, UMR, United and Medicaid.

Continuing Education

Soar offers low-cost online continuing education for psychologists, pediatricians, SLPs, OTs, and BCBAs. This one-hour CE/CME session is focused on developmentally informed interventions for young children with ASD and common barriers to diagnosis, led by faculty Ian Goldstein, MD, and Will Martin, MEd, BCBA.

Answers to Common Provider Questions

FAQ for Providers

  • What insurance carriers does Soar accept?

    Soar accepts most major commercial insurances, as well as Medicaid and AHCCCS (Arizona).  We do not accept TriCare or CHP+ (Colorado).

  • How do I make a referral?

    You can make a referral to Soar three different ways:

    • Email Soar’s HIPAA-compliant email address at:
    • Fax Soar at: 855-913-2517; you can use your internal referral form or download Soar’s referral form here
    • Call Soar in Colorado at (720) 706-3396, option 1; Call Soar in Arizona at (623) 263-3966
  • What ages does Soar serve?

    Soar serves children ages 1 to 5 years old and their families.

  • What services does Soar offer?

    Soar offers autism diagnostic testing, ABA therapy based on the Early Start Denver Model, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and family and sibling counseling.

  • Does Soar offer in-home services?

    Not at this time. Our integrated care team operates out of our centers, allowing for truly collaborative and interdisciplinary care.

  • What are Soar's clinical outcomes?

    We measure outcomes in three different ways:

    1. Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist (ESDMCC) progression
    2. Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales score improvement 
    3. Graduation from therapy services

    Soar’s typical client is highly impacted (level 2 or 3 ASD)

    • Median ESDMCC progress per 6 months: +60-70 skills
      • Peer-reviewed benchmark: +50
    • Median Vineland progress per 12 months: +3-6 increase in composite score
      • Peer-reviewed benchmark: +0-2
    • Approximately ⅔ of our patients graduate to a general education class in kindergarten with the other ⅓ graduating to special education classes.
      • Soar’s goal is to graduate 100% of Soar clients to the education environment, whether that is general education or special education. 
  • Can families participate in therapy sessions?

    Yes, Soar is one of the few ABA providers who allow families to be involved in therapy if they choose.  Parents have expressed that this experience helps them apply the same principles at home that we use in our centers. Soar also provides training so families can effectively implement ESDM principles at home.

  • Is therapy 1:1 or in group settings?

    Soar provides 1:1, 2:1, and group therapy based on the individual child’s needs.

    During group therapy we create small groups of children who are at similar developmental stages to create an optimal peer learning environment.

  • Where are Soar's Colorado clinics located?

    In Greater Denver, we have eight clinics. Please contact Soar to make a referral.

    • Arvada – 6750 W 52nd Ave, Suite G, Arvada, CO 80002
    • Aurora – 2170 S. Parker Rd. Denver, CO 80231
    • Centennial – 9000 E. Nichols Ave Centennial, CO 80112
    • Central Park – 3401 Quebec St. #110, Denver, CO 80207
    • Lakewood – 13949 W. Colfax Ave. Lakewood, CO 80401
    • University Park– 1777 S Harrison St, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80210
    • Westminster – 10170 Church Ranch Way #125, Westminster, CO 80021
    • South Lakewood / Littleton – 7110 W Jefferson St #150, Lakewood, CO 80235

    Additional centers will open in 2024.

  • Where are Soar's Arizona clinics located?

    In Greater Phoenix, Soar has three clinics. Please contact Soar to make a referral.

    • Gilbert – 2314 S Val Vista Dr, Suite 201A, Gilbert, AZ 85295
    • Ahwatukee (opening April 2024) – 1711 W Greentree Dr, Tempe, AZ 85284
    • Mesa (opening June 2024) – 1910 S Stapley Drive, Suite 119 Mesa, AZ 85204



  • How does Soar treat children with ASD?

    At Soar, we celebrate neurodiversity. Our whole-child autism care philosophy addresses each child’s individual needs while celebrating and cultivating their strengths.

    Soar offers autism therapy based on the Early Start Denver Model or ESDM. The ESDM is a naturalistic – or play-based – approach to autism therapy. That means Soar meets every child where they are developmentally and helps them develop and acquire new skills through play-based therapy, relationships and joint activities.

  • What is ESDM? How is it different than traditional ABA?

    The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as an effective and well-studied approach to autism therapy. In more than a dozen high-quality studies, therapy based on the ESDM was found to improve language, social, and adaptive skills in children with autism, as well as cognition and behavior.

    Many ABA providers focus only on behaviors and force children to conform to one way of doing things. Soar’s therapy is based on the latest brain science, showing that children learn best through play, relationships, and fun.

    ESDM and ABA are related. The simplest description is that ESDM is a blending of the principles of ABA along with developmental and relationship science.

    ESDM is a form of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions, or NDBIs. ESDM and NDBI are recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as effective and well-studied approaches to autism therapy.

  • Is ESDM child-led? What are joint activities?

    One of the key features of ESDM is learning through play and everyday routines. Joint Activities are used as the core learning tool – they involve two or more people where shared engagement, communication and play are the focus.

    The child and therapist build the activity together through shared control, where each takes turns leading the activity. This is similar to how a parent and child interact daily.

    This does not mean the child is always “in charge”. The therapist and child always share control.

  • Does Soar offer continuing education?

    Soar offers low-cost online continuing education for psychologists, pediatricians, SLPs, OTs, and BCBAs.

  • Does Soar have long waitlists?

    Soar has availability at many of our clinics and we are increasing capacity to meet the need for our services.

    Please send us a note at for the latest information on clinic availability.

  • What are Soar's clinic hours of operation?

    Soar clinics are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.

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