We believe that every child can learn the strategies and behaviors to negotiate daily interactions and build relationships. We offer a full range of services designed to help children who struggle due to autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or other behavioral disabilities. Combining one-on-one therapy, group sessions, respite care and other family support services. WE DO NOT HAVE A COOKIE CUTTER PROGRAM! We tailor a program to meet the needs of the family and build on the strengths of each child.
A child with autism or any other behavioral disability makes demands on the entire family. PlayDate provides a range of services designed to help families meet those demands, including both in-home and on-site respite care and opportunities for parents to learn how to help their children acquire key skills and manage their behavior. Our staff also focuses on coordination of care by developing relationships with the school and other therapeutic providers in the child’s life.
All locations are accessible and staff can accommodate verbal, sign, and picture-based communication systems. Children do not have to be potty trained to participate in therapy.
Early Intervention (EI)
We develop, implement and monitor personalized ABA treatment packages for children under the age of 3 who are either suspected of having or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Our EI services are derived from evidence based practices, published research and early childhood clinical judgment that will increase the awareness and knowledge of families and caregivers. Therapy sessions typically occur in the home and involve a high degree of parent training to increase desired behaviors while strengthening the child’s communication skills, appropriate play skills and social interactions. EI is important for enhancing the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities and is especially crucial in determining the future language, social and behavioral outcomes of very young children with ASD and other disabilities. We believe and research confirms that early intervention can reduce the need for intensive long term therapies.
Individual ABA Therapy
Our qualified staff works one-on-one with children from birth to 18 years old to develop skills such as:
•managing physical and verbal aggression
•decreasing self-injurious behavior
•increasing communication skills
•completing activities of daily living (ADLs)
•maintaining personal hygiene
•improving prevocational and vocational tasks
Individual goals are developed for each child across all domains including behavior, communication, academic, and social.
Social Skills ABA Therapy
While social skills is typically one component of an overall individualized program, some clients do receive all their therapy in the group setting. We offer a range of group therapy opportunities to provide children of all ages, from toddlers through high school, with opportunities to interact with other children, learn critical social skills, and just have fun. PlayDate Behavioral Interventions social skills groups provide:
•Intense practice with one-to-one socialization;
•Opportunities for observational learning and generalization; and
•Opportunities for new information learning in a small group.
Most importantly of all, a social skills group gives children the opportunity to make friends!
Children have an opportunity to practice and generalize skills when they attend outings in the community accompanied by their therapist. The therapist can also support children while they attend community activities such as scout meetings or team sports.
This group is for high functioning teens 12-17 years old. The teens meet several times per month for outings such as movies, bowling, roller skating, mini-golf, hiking, and indoor rock climbing, as well as vocational training and social skills. This group provides the social opportunities for teens to become comfortable in group settings and develop friendships.
Respite level therapeutic care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those caring for children with disabilities who cannot be properly supervised by a neighbor or in a traditional settings.
Our program provides breaks for families and other caregivers of children with a disability in order to support and maintain the primary care giving relationship. Respite care also provides a social experience for the child receiving care through positive interactions with trained staff. Though no specific skills are taught during respite, trained staff ensure current skills are maintained and developing skills are supported. Staff members also provide an enriched environment to minimize aggressive and self-stimulatory behaviors.
Respite can be provided in the home, at our center, and in the community. This is a great opportunity to expand and introduce leisure skills such as going to the movies, eating at a restaurant, or participating in physical activities.
Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home instead of being institutionalized, the physical, emotional and financial costs for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite. Respite provides the much needed temporary break from the often exhausting challenges faced by the family caregiver. It also provides primary caregivers with the opportunity to complete routine tasks necessary to maintain the family and to spend time with other children in the family.
Without respite, not only can families suffer economically and emotionally, but caregivers themselves may face serious health and social risks as a result of stress associated with continuous care giving.
Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and wellbeing, avoid or delay out-of-home placements, and reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect. Recent studies also show that respite may also reduce the likelihood of divorce and help sustain marriages. Some families have a standing schedule of respite care while others choose to schedule as needed. Whichever you choose, our 24hr respite line provides families access when its needed.
Extended School Year (ESY)
This program provides 16 hours of intervention per week for 8 weeks during the summer for students needing structured teaching when school is out. The intensive therapy is provided in both 1:1 and group settings. Individual goals are developed for each student in order to address needs across all developmental domains, including language, behavior, and social skills. Current IEP goals can also be used. Therapy is provided by trained staff using research-based methods proven to be most effective for children with autism. Teaching methods used to deliver services are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis, proven effective in scientific evaluation. Services are data-based to achieve the greatest effectiveness. Data are evaluated regularly to make any instructional changes necessary to ensure each learner is making progress. In addition to receiving therapy at the Center and in-home, parents and students participate in community outings to ensure generalization of skills.
School Consultant and Training for Professionals
This program aims to provide training and professional development to teachers, SLPs, OTs, para-professionals, and administrators regarding children with disabilities. Topics often include, but are not limited to:
• Managing aggression
• Increasing communication
• Errorless learning
• Prompting and fading
Our professional team is available for group trainings on a variety of topics as well as consults for specific students that may be struggling in the classroom environment. We work with schools to develop effective programs to meet the needs of their unique student population.
We believe the school setting with access to peers is the best placement for children. However, when an alternative placement is deemed necessary and appropriate, our Center and professional team, including Special Education teacher, offers the perfect learning environment for students who need to meet specific goals before returning to the school setting. An individual program is developed for each student based on IEP and assessment goals with access to a variety of highly trained staff.
Half-day and full-day programs available with transportation and lunch/snacks included.