PlayDate Groups

All PlayDate locations are fully accessible. Most activities are safe and accessible for participants with physical limitations; when a particular activity, such as hiking, would present significant difficulties, an alternate will also be offered.

PlayDate Social Skills Groups

As with anything else, children learn social skills by being given ample opportunity to practice them. Social Skills Groups were PlayDate’s first offering, and they remain a core element in our matrix of services. Social Skills Groups meet one hour per week for six-week sessions. Participants are grouped by age and developmental level and paired with peer models, similarly aged children who model age-appropriate social skills.

To your child, a PlayDate group feels like play time. Our participants play games, sing songs, and enjoy outings to the zoo, the park, or the movies — in short, they share the experiences that build friendships. At the same time, our trained staff is using proven techniques to ease your child into more comfortable social interactions. As adult implementers provide gentle guidance using research-based, data-driven methods, peer models offer both positive examples and friendship opportunities. These groups provide the interaction opportunities that develop skills such as sharing, turn taking, line waiting, and appropriate conversational initiation and response. Whenever possible, implementers remain observers, allowing participants to learn by doing, to build relationships independently.

Social Skills Groups are held at our behavioral center on Saturdays between 10 am and 4 pm. New sessions begin approximately every two weeks. Please contact us for more information regarding rates and availability of upcoming sessions.

PlayMates

PlayMates is a parent/child group for toddler and very young children with developmental disabilities. During a PlayMates session, implementers work with children and their parents. Children begin to acquire basic behavior management skills; parents learn strategies for dealing with — and preventing — a range of negative behaviors, including tantrums, attention-seeking behaviors, and more.

Saturday Sports

Our Saturday Sports program provides another opportunity for skill-building social interactions. The 90-minute program teaches higher-functioning participants the basic rules of a number of common sports, including soccer, baseball, and basketball. Each session is designed to help participants develop teamwork skills and understand appropriate behavior during the game; the group also provides opportunities for children with more significant disabilities to engage in regular physical activity and learn basic participation skills.

The Saturday Sports program meets for 90 minutes each Saturday at the park across from our behavioral center. Please contact us for more information regarding rates and availability of upcoming sessions.

After-School Program

PlayDate’s after-school program focuses on teaching the social skills required by academic settings. Participants complete their homework while gaining practice in giving and receiving help via peer tutoring. The goal is to develop self-awareness with regard to strengths and weaknesses and to develop self-motivated academic achievement. Implementers also provide alternate activities, such as games or projects, to give participants further opportunities to practice teamwork and conversation skills. Depending on participants’ needs and the weather, groups may also spend time at the park, playing sports.

The after-school program meets Monday-Friday, 3pm – 6 pm, except school holidays. Please contact us for more information regarding rates and availability of upcoming sessions.

Teen Group

The Teen Group provides high-functioning teens, aged 12-17 years, age-appropriate social outings designed to help them become comfortable in group settings and develop friendships with same-aged peers. The group meets several times each month for a variety of outings, including movies, bowling, roller skating, mini-golf, hiking, indoor rock climbing, and much more.

The cost varies each month depending on the activities offered; families are expected to provide funds for event-specific expenses, such as movie tickets. Please contact us for more information regarding rates and availability of upcoming sessions.

Please contact us for more information regarding rates and availability of upcoming sessions.