The PLAY Project Approach

The PLAY Project (Play & Language for Autistic Youngsters) was developed by Richard Solomon, M.D., a practicing developmental and behavioral pediatrician. It is an evidenced-based parent-mediated, autism intervention model that offers a cost effective, practical approach for young individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); ages birth to 3 years old.

This organization offers a training curriculum that prepares and develops professionals to deliver services to both the child and parent/caregiver. These services help parents/caregivers learn a set of principles, methods and techniques that can be used to improve autism symptoms. This intervention coaches, supports and empowers parents while they build meaningful relationships with their child, understand their child’s development and promote social-emotional growth.

This approach is offered in early intervention settings and is often used in addition to existing services such as; therapy, behavioral interventions and special education. Professionals assess each child’s development and behavior changes during each visit and assessments are used to maintain individualized PLAY plans. This approach has been extensively researched with impressive results in the areas of development, social skills, behavior, language and autism severity in young children.

Key Elements:

Cost effective, intensive developmental intervention
Consultants trained to educate, guide and support parents/caregivers
Focus on increased interaction between child and caregiver/parent, increased social interaction, improved social-emotional development, and improved symptoms and diagnostic category
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