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In 2013, we pro­vided $294,000 in ser­vices through the Ander­sen Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram and pro bono services.

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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 them to 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.

Our Ser­vices

  • Indi­vid­ual Ther­apy: Home, Cen­ter, and Community
  • Social Skills: Cen­ter and Community
  • Teen Group: Cen­ter and Community
  • Respite Care: Home, Cen­ter, and Community
  • ESY
  • 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
  • Seizures
  • 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.

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