Helping Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities, SOAR (Supporting Families, Overcoming Obstacles, Achieving Independence, Reaching New Heights) provides comprehensive behavioral intervention in a unique way:
We customize our approach for each case, thoroughly assessing the needs of the individual, then tailoring a program to meet those needs.
SOAR FOCUSES ON:
SOAR’S FOUR BASIC COMPONENTS:
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.
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.