Vision

Transition from the NICU to home is a very exciting time for infants and families, but it can be an incredibly stressful time as well. Parents typically experience a significant amount of anxiety regarding how best to care for and nurture their little bundle of joy following discharge from the NICU. Families have to shift their mindset from helping their infant survive to considering the myriad of supports and services that may be needed to help their infant thrive. The vision of our SOAR Program is to help make this transition easier by providing infants and families with the support they need to help these precious little ones grow, learn, and develop to maximize their ultimate potential.


Who We Are

The goal of our TCH SOAR Program is to ensure that every qualifying high risk infant receives the support and care needed to grow and develop to their fullest potential. Our team includes multiple medical and non-medical providers who work closely with our TCH physicians, as well as each infant’s own pediatrician, to ensure appropriate coordination of the infant’s care, following their discharge from the NICU. Our High Risk pediatricians work closely with our Developmental pediatrician to track each infant’s growth and development at every visit. Each infant will complete a formal developmental assessment at specified time points, unless earlier concerns arise. Our SOAR Program follows patients through the first three years of their life.

This clinic functions as a consultant sub-specialty clinic service. Our current providers include: two High Risk pediatricians (who work in concert with each infant’s pediatrician to help facilitate and coordinate each infant’s care), a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, two pediatric Pulmonologists, a pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician, a pediatric Neurologist, two Occupational therapists, three Physical therapists, two Speech Language Pathologists, a Registered Dietician, a Lactation specialist, and NICU Nursing support.

Our SOAR Program clinic is scheduled on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Typically, 2-4 patients are scheduled each half day of clinic. Each visit with our team typically lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours, depending on the number of providers the infant is to see.


Multi-Disciplinary Clinic

This clinic functions as a consultant sub-specialty clinic service. The multi-disciplinary clinic is scheduled on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Typically, 2-4 patients are scheduled each half day of clinic. Each visit with our team typically lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours, depending on the number of providers the infant is to see. Each infant will complete a formal developmental assessment at specified time points, unless earlier concerns arise. Our SOAR Program follows patients through the first three years of their life.


SOAR Program - Levels of care

  • Infants who are determined to be at lower risk for future developmental concerns will be enrolled into our “Screen & Observe” level of care and periodic developmental screens will be completed, at 3-6 month intervals, to ensure that any concerns are detected as soon as possible, and appropriate action is taken.
  • Infants who are determined to be at moderate risk for future developmental concerns will be enrolled into our “Assess” level of care and will be scheduled for a formal developmental assessment, with our Developmental Behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Allen, at 4-5 months corrected age.
  • Infants who are determined to be at high risk for future developmental concerns will be enrolled into our “Respond” level of care and will be scheduled for a SOAR Team visit within a few weeks of their discharge from the NICU.