PlayDate Behavioral Interventions is a nonprofit organization providing a full spectrum of services to children with disabilities, including applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy and respite care . We focus on helping these children develop the skills that allow to them navigate day to day interactions using research-based and data driven interventions. We do this both through group instruction and through one on one services provided at home or in our center.
PlayDate’s goal is to provide high quality services to all families, regardless of their ability to pay. To that end, we are applying for grants and developing funding mechanisms to allow us to offer scholarships for those families who have exhausted all other funding mechanisms. Please see our Make A Difference page for information about how you can help us meet this critical need.
The mission of PlayDate Behavioral Interventions is to provide high-quality intervention to children with autism and other disabilities while educating the community, regardless of the family’s ability to pay for services.
- Individual Therapy: Home, Center, and Community
- Social Skills: Center and Community
- Teen Group: Center and Community
- Respite Care: Home, Center, and Community
- Family: Support Services
- School Consultant and Training for Professionals
- Educational Placement
All locations are accessible, and groups can accommodate verbal, sign and picture-based communication systems. Please visit Services to learn more about each of these.
Activities and staff can accommodate individuals with/using:
- AAC devices
- Sign language
- Picture communication
- Food allergies & special diets (including GFCF)
- Physical limitations
- G-tubes or feeding aversions
- Aggressive behaviors
- Medication needs
- Sensory needs
Information about Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) refers to a collection of strategies based on the application of operant learning principles to real life problems. The science of ABA encompasses a variety of methods such as discrete trial training (DTT), verbal behavior (VB), and natural environment teaching (NET). All areas of ABA are research-based and data-driven. These methods are used for a variety of reasons, including the acquisition of communication, increasing appropriate behavior, improving self-help skills, pre-academic/academic, and/or socialization skills. Clients receiving ABA therapy can be assured that they are receiving some of the best researched and effective treatments available for children with developmental disabilities, including those with autism.
Every member of our staff is carefully trained in Applied Behavior Analysis/Verbal Behavior (ABA/VB) techniques. We have qualified ABA implementers, BCBAs and BCaBAs who work with individuals with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other developmental delays/disabilities. A diagnosis is not required to receive services. We currently work with children up to 18 years of age.
For clients who turn 18 while receiving services, we work with the school and family to develop an appropriate transition plan into the adult world.