The SOAR philosophy is that a disability impacts not only how someone learns, but how they perceive the world. That means traditional therapy often falls short. Through Applied Behavior Analysis and other research-based methods, SOAR strives to understand behavior from the individual’s perspective and address it based on that person’s unique learning style. This family-centered program minimizes negative behaviors and maximizes independence.
Giving families and caregivers the tools to address the unique challenges of caring for youth and adults with developmental disabilities and/or mental health challenges. Empowering youth and adults with developmental disabilities to overcome obstacles for greater independence and maximum potential.
We observe the individual during typical activities, and gather information from the family, schools, day programs and respite providers.
We educate caregivers about how the disability affects the individual’s communication, behavior and activities of daily living. We work with caregivers to develop the intervention plan, providing guidance on appropriately reinforcing positive behavior and decreasing negative behavior. We then implement the plan, including modifying the environment – such as adding picture schedules, choice boards and task analysis charts.
Everyone who interacts regularly with the individual is trained in the plan, so it can be gradually turned over to the caregivers.
Once the individual has achieved targeted behavioral goals, our focus shifts to maintaining positive changes and increasing the individual’s independence.
Open So They Door Can SOAR
Creative Community Services is on a mission to transform the lives of youth with developmental disabilities and mental & behavioral health challenges who are aging out of the foster care system with nowhere to go. These youth need stability and mentorship in order to become active and thriving members of our community.
An average young adult transitioning to adulthood
A young adult with intellectual disabilities transitioning from foster care to adulthood
Children who have lived most of their lives in foster care often have missed out on key developmental life skills and often have trouble transitioning into adulthood. While the State stops providing foster care services to children at age 21, research suggests that the average age of independence for typical (i.e., not in foster care) young adults is now 26.
SOAR Life skills provides ABA (applied behavior analysis) life skills plans, data tracking, life skills specialists and mentoring so that our youth can achieve their developmentally appropriate life skills goals and our teens can learn how to live successfully on their own, while achieving their educational and vocational goals. Do you have a skill or knowledge that you would love to share? We are always looking for creative, dedicated, and caring individuals who love positively impacting youth!