Research & Evidence

Research was accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal!

PLAY Project research will have a home in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

We are thrilled!

The PLAY Project recently completed a three‐year multi‐site randomized controlled trial which showed improvements in both parent‐child interaction and autism diagnosis.

This large scale study focused on the impact of our autism intervention: a parent-mediated play and relationship focused program

Significant improvements in:

  • caregiver/parent and child interaction
  • social interaction of children with autism
  • social-emotional development of children with autism
  • autism symptomology

Secondary outcomes:

  • Improved parent stress and depression; and
  • PLAY Project consultant fidelity.

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More Evidence for PLAY Project Autism Intervention

The PLAY Project early intervention program reduces autism symptomology and improves social impairment, a core deficit of children with autism.

The principles, methods, and techniques of the PLAY Project were developed on evidence based practices in autism early intervention.  For example, PLAY Project addresses the following:

• Use of a parent‐mediated model for ASD (Wong C, Odom S, Hume K, Cox, et al, 2013)

• Meets the National Research Centers standards for intensive early intervention (2001)

• Grounded on Greenspan and Weider’s D.I.R. (Developmental, Individual‐differences, Relationship‐based) theoretical framework (1997)

• Improved ASD symptomology demonstrated in a pilot study of the application of the PLAY Project model (Solomon R, Necheles J, Ferch C, Bruckman, 2007).

 For a comprehensive list of other supporting research of parent-mediated autism interventions, click here