March 2024 Newsletter

Hi! My name is Linzi and I am a Line staff member here at PlayDate. I started in May 2022 and enjoy working with clients at PlayDate. This is my first time in this field and I honestly found my passion working in this field. I got into this job to understand my brother a little more. My brother is diagnosed with autism and an intellectual disability. I got into this field to better understand the communication needs of kids, so I could better understand my siblings’ needs.

I am also interested in supporting our kiddos in achieving the best possible quality of life, and my brother continues to inspire me. My passion is showing compassion and understanding. I know it can be hard for families, and I take pride in providing respite and therapeutic services to our kiddos and their families.

The summer camp outings, respite nights, restaurant outings, etc. are my favorite things to do with the kids. Being able to go into the community and having the same access to activities as their peers participate in is the best thing I will ever do! I’m so glad I am with PlayDate Behavioral Interventions because they have taught me and showed me everything that I was looking and searching for which was different ways of communicating with a child.

Fun March Dates

March 1 –  Employee Appreciation Day
March 2 – Dr. Suess Day
March 3 – Caregiver Appreciation Day
March 6 – Dentist’s Day 
March 9 – PlayDate Outing
March 10 – Daylight Savings Begins 
March 12 – Plant a Flower Day 
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day 
March 19 – Earth Day & Spring Equinox 
March 20 – International Day of Happiness
March 30 – National Doctor’s Day
March 31 – Easter Sunday

Monthly Celebrations
Irish American Heritage Month
Craft Month
Women’s History Month 

Spring Break Camp
March 25 – March 29

This camp guarantees to offer a stimulating and enjoyable experience, complete with engaging activities aimed at fostering development.

To secure a place for your child, kindly RSVP by no later than February 27, 2024.

The camp fee is set at $10 per child for the entire week. Should you opt to enroll your child in our Dynamic Discoveries Club (DDC) program, there will be an additional charge of $10 per child. Notably, participation in our Respite Afternoon program incurs no additional cost. Payments for camp week will be invoiced.

We encourage you to seize this fantastic opportunity for your child to relish a memorable and educational Spring Break. Our committed team has meticulously curated a diverse array of activities and experiences to captivate and delight your child throughout the week.

If you require additional sessions beyond the designated camp hours, please contact us via email at [email protected]. Priority will be given to parents who are employed.

We extend our gratitude for your continuous support and eagerly anticipate welcoming your child to our Spring Break Camp. For any queries or further information, please feel free to reach out to us without hesitation.

Early Intervention 
Wednesday & Friday 9 am – 1 pm

Tuesday & Thursday 9 am – 1 pm

Wednesday & Friday – 2 pm – 6 pm

Respite Afternoon 
Tuesday – 2 pm – 6 pm

Dynamic Discoveries Club (DDC)
Thursday – 2 pm – 6 pm

March Spirit Days

Dr Seuss Week March 2 – Dress as a Character from a Dr. Suess Book 
March 4 – Dress like your Favorite Dr. Seuss Character 
March 5 – Fox in Socks – Crazy Socks Day
March 6 – Wacky Wednesday – Wear Mismatched or Inside Out Clothes 
March 7 – Cat in the Hat Day – Wear a Crazy Hat
March 8 – I’m not Getting out of Bed Day – Wear Pajamas
March 16 – Wear Green or a Rainbow Day
March 22 – PlayDate Pride Day – Wear Your PlayDate Gear or the Colors Blue, Red, and Yellow 

March Anniversaries 

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of our staff for their unwavering commitment to our organization and their families, and for supporting PlayDate’s mission. Your contributions are deeply valued and appreciated.

Selena, Line – 1 year 


March Early Intervention Theme

As we transition into this new season, we will be exploring the wonders of nature blooming around us, learning about different types of flowers and plants, and discussing the changes that occur during this time of year. Our activities will be centered around the theme of spring, incorporating arts and crafts, outdoor exploration, and interactive lessons to engage and educate our little ones. We look forward to seeing the children’s curiosity and creativity blossom as we delve into the beauty of spring together.

Week 1: Dr. Seuss Week 
Week 2: Flowers/Gardens
Week 3: Butterflies/Insects
Week 4: Rain/Water


March Teen Theme
Emotional Intelligence

Our theme for the month is centered around empowering our teens to utilize the latest brain research and evidence-based best practices to enhance their motivation, focus, organization, and overall performance. Throughout the month, we will be delving into strategies and techniques that have been proven to help teens reach their full potential. By incorporating these practices into our curriculum and daily routines, we aim to support our teens in developing essential skills that will serve them well beyond the classroom. Leveraging the power of neuroscience and ABA, our teens will be better equipped to excel and thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Week 1: Improving Task Initiation, Planning, & Time Management 
 Week 2: Strengthen Emotional Regulation, Cognitive Flexibility, & Frustration Tolerance 
Week 3: Improving Effective Communication & Collaboration Skills
Week 4: Managing Stress & Anxiety in School & Home 

March Outing

Get ready to roll into March with a fun adventure to Skate City! Our clients and their siblings are in for a treat – imagine skating, giggling, and making new pals in a super fun setting. Hurry, secure a spot for your kiddo by signing up early. With limited spaces, don’t miss out on this epic escapade. Let’s see those smiling faces gliding around Skate City, making memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Skate City

Date: March 9, 2023

Time: 10 am – 12 pm or 12 pm – 2 pm

Cost: $10/child 

Location: 1920 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO, 80909Drop off and pick up at Skate City

Parents of PlayDate

Friday, March 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 16, 9:00 – 11:00 am

We are pleased to announce that our parent training session for March will focus on utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques for behavior management with children, focusing on promoting positive behaviors and reducing challenging behaviors in children. This training will provide valuable insights and practical strategies for parents to implement ABA principles at home, fostering a supportive and structured environment for their children’s growth and development. We encourage all parents to attend this session to learn how they can effectively apply ABA techniques to support their child’s individual behavioral needs.

We look forward to empowering parents with the knowledge and tools to create a positive and nurturing environment for their children.


If you have any requests to make adjustments to your child(ren)’s schedule please email [email protected]

Also, if you would like additional sessions (due to school being closed, holidays, etc.) please email your request at least 7 days in advance. The earlier the better.

Sick Child Policy

The majority of parents are quite careful about children’s health matters, following policies that are more likely to ensure their health, and having therapy only when the child is well. This policy provides specific guidelines so that everyone, including therapists, can be sure of when to cancel/reschedule therapy and so you can be confident in your child’s limited exposure to other sick individuals. 

In the event that your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease, please notify your Senior Therapist or Consultant so that we may provide warnings to other families and report to the Department of Public Health as appropriate. Your child’s confidentiality will be safeguarded.
Our policies are based on our commitment to helping families and employees stay well so that children can attend and derive the most benefit from therapy. It is equally important for us to protect other children and our employees, whose good health is directly related to their ability to maintain their therapy appointments.

Please read the information and keep these guidelines for your reference:

Children may only participate in services (in-home or center) if they have NOT had a fever WITHIN THE 24 HOURS PREVIOUS TO THE APPOINTMENT. 

This means that even if a fever breaks, services must be canceled until 24 hours have elapsed since the fever broke. This is standard medical policy and parents may verify this with their medical advisor. Since energy levels or fevers alone are not always accurate indicators of illness, our employees may advise you that your child appears to be getting sick even in the absence of a fever. A child can be very contagious and quite sick before a fever appears. Because our employees are careful, they know they are required by law to be aware of each child’s individual health “picture”, to watch children they suspect of illness, and then to advise parents of their judgment.

If, in the judgment of the therapist, a child is deemed ill, a parent must pick up the child within a reasonable amount of time. A therapist may also end a session early if the child appears too sick to actively participate. This is important, to safeguard the ill child and to safeguard other children and employees from being exposed to an illness unnecessarily. This also ensures that service time is used when the child can receive the most benefit.
Cancel services for one (1) calendar day if your child:

Is being treated with AUGMENTIN – as this drug creates explosive diarrhea symptoms
Is being treated with antibiotics
Has vomited and/or has diarrhea
Has persistent cough or nasal drainage
Has a greenish discharge from the nose – as this is an indication of an active infection in the child’s respiratory system

Thank You 

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the parents who contributed to our Valentine’s Day celebrations. Your generosity and support helped make the day extra special for our kiddos!

From delicious treats to creative art supplies, your contributions added a touch of love and joy to our festivities. We are truly grateful for your involvement and dedication to creating memorable experiences for children. 

Thank you for being such wonderful partners in our PlayDate community!

Parent Therapist Association 

We are excited to announce our Parent Therapist Association (PTA)! Our PTA is a collaborative group between our PlayDate community, including guardians, family members, staff, and all that are interested.  

If you are interested in joining the PTA, please email [email protected]

Donation Requests

If you have any items or resources you would like to donate, we would greatly appreciate your support. Every donation, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in the lives of those we serve! 

Kindergarten Classroom Materials/Decor
Circle Time Rug
White Glue
Paint Brushes
Acrylic Craft Paint