“it was the perfect introduction to ABA for our family. We love our SOAR team!”– a recent SOAR parent
SOAR is offering a new early childhood intensive behavioral intervention day treatment program, funded and initiated statewide by the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA). This program will increase access to ABA therapy for many families who are on Medicaid. The day treatment program provides individuals with autism an intensive experience of ABA therapy. It also provides valuable training and resources to families who are curious about ABA and are navigating their child’s diagnosis, and it also allows families with Medicaid to bypass the long waitlist process.
The program uses empirically-supported behavioral intervention strategies as the primary mode of treatment. A comprehensive multidisciplinary approach is used, so that additional expertise (e.g., speech therapy) is incorporated into the programming as needed. The philosophy of the program is rooted in principles of ABA.
- The program takes a strengths-based approach to individualizing treatment for each child in order to build skills and reduce challenging behaviors.
- The program incorporates a focus on family support and caregiver education.
- The program uses a positive behavior support framework to address disruptive behavior problems.