About

Mission – 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.

In order to meet this critical need we are continually apply­ for grants and devel­op­ fund­ing mech­a­nisms that 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 lofty goal crit­i­cal need.

History

When Christina Nulk entered pri­vate prac­tice as a Board-Certified Behav­ior Ana­lyst (BCBA), she dis­cov­ered a huge gap between the ser­vices avail­able and the num­ber of chil­dren need­ing ser­vices. All of the BCBAs in the Col­orado Springs area had long wait­ing lists, and many fam­i­lies lacked the fund­ing to pay for the basic ser­vices their chil­dren needed, let alone the kind of high-quality, research-based pro­grams BCBAs typ­i­cally offer.

Ini­tially, Play­Date Behavioral Interventions addressed this gap by pro­vid­ing group-based instruc­tion in social skills. In these groups,  par­tic­i­pants engage in guided inter­ac­tion under the super­vi­sion of a trained imple­menter who helps the chil­dren to nego­ti­ate rela­tion­ships and build social con­nec­tions. The group for­mat allowed fam­i­lies on wait­ing lists to access some ser­vices at a rel­a­tively low tuition rate.

The first group was offered in April 2007 with 4 stu­dents enrolled. Since then, the pro­gram has seen enor­mous growth.

In Decem­ber 2007, we became a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing ser­vices to fam­i­lies at an afford­able cost. In 2008, Christina con­sol­i­dated her pri­vate prac­tice with Play­Date Behavioral Interventions, and we now offer full range of ser­vices for chil­dren with autism and other disabilities.

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.