Child Behavioral Services

Every child can learn the strategies and behaviors to negotiate daily interactions and build relationships.

Behavioral Programs Based on Your Child's Needs

Child-Based Programs

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.

Full-Range Services

 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.

Accessible to All

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.

A child with autism or any other behavioral disability makes demands on the entire family. PlayDate Behavioral Interventions 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.

Early Intervention Program (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.

Early Intervention 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 services can reduce the need for intensive long term therapies.

Individual ABA Therapy

Our qualified staff specializes in applied behavior therapy and work 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 apa therapy Colorado Springs 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, haircuts, extended family dinners or team sports.

Early Intervention (EI) Group

This group is for children of all functioning levels aged 0-6 years old. The EI group meets several times per month for outings such as circle time events in the community (Garden of the Gods, Library, etc.).

Teen Group

This group is for high functioning teens 13-17 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 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:

  • ABA
  • 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.

Educational Placement

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.