SOAR PROGRAM Students Optimizing in Academics and Relationships Don't Just Fly - SOAR 1204 34th Ave West, Alexandria MN 56308 ~ Phone: 320-763-5559 ~ Fax: 320-762-3370
Students Optimizing Academics and Relationships (SOAR) is a program that serves 6th through 8th grade students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorder, who are on an IEP, have a pattern of a lack of progress within the mainstream setting, do not have significant mental health needs, and are in need of being served outside of their resident district’s building making it a Federal Level IV program. The focus of the program is to develop interventions that improve the student’s behavioral functioning to a level that allows him or her to return to the home district.
PROGRAMMING METHODS Lifespace Crisis Intervention is a methodical, exhaustive approach to help students learn from their strong (often escalating) feelings and emotions. LSCI is an evidence based practice that uses students reactions to stressful events to modify behaviors, build self-esteem, reduce, anxiety, and develop their understanding and vision into their own and others’ feelings and behaviors. LSCI gives staff the proactive, rational strategies for de-escalating crisis, reducing the use of restraints, seclusion, and suspensions. LSCI provides students with the tools needed for them to maintain positive and healthy relationships with others, through how they respond to different situations in their lives whether positive or stressful. The point system used in conjunction with LSCI, as taught by Danielle Theis. Danielle Theis is one of 20 master trainers of the Lifespace Crisis Intervention system. She has worked with young people struggling with mental health and behaviors for over 20 years, and is the principal of the New Dominion School of Gerard Academy (a residential youth facility). The point system uses students internal motivations and LSCI interventions to increase classroom time, Respect of Others, positive Work Behaviors, and Group Participation.