The PLAY Project is the name for:
An evidenced-based autism early intervention program
A set of principles, methods, and techniques used to improve autism symptoms
An organization that provides professional training and development
We have a network of licensed PLAY Project Providers who employ Certified PLAY Project Consultants.
Philosophy of PLAY Project
Children with autism need intensive intervention services. With autism prevalence on the rise, the need for cost-effective autism intervention models is needed now more than ever. PLAY Project is an evidenced-based parent-mediated autism intervention model that can be learned and delivered by experts in child development. PLAY Project offers a certification training and supervision combination that prepares trainees to deliver the intervention with fidelity (in accordance with the research).
Our research shows this approach of training professionals to help parents and other caregivers to become a partner in their child’s autism care leads to successful child and parent outcomes and offers a reliable standard of care model for community systems to meet the autism intervention needs of the growing number of children with autism.
Origins of the PLAY Project autism early intervention program
Richard Solomon, M.D., a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, developed this program in response to the lack of availability of intensive early intervention services for children with ASD. He designed the PLAY Project early intervention program as a cost effective, practical approach.
PLAY has been implemented as a primary intervention for ASD in early intervention settings and often supplements existing services (e.g. special education, language and occupational therapies, and/or ABA/behavioral interventions). The state of Ohio has been using PLAY Project as their primary intervention through their birth to three early intervention services program for more than four years.
PLAY Project principles, methods, and techniques
The principles, methods and techniques of the PLAY Project emphasize the child’s readiness or following the child’s lead as a means for improving social impairment, a core deficit of autism spectrum disorder. Professionals coach parents to build a joyous, engaged relationship with their child with autism spectrum disorder.
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PLAY Autism Intervention as a Parent-Mediated Model
With parent-mediated autism intervention models, a child development expert provides services to both the child and parents/caregivers. Parents/caregivers learn techniques and activities so they can support their child’s social-emotional growth during everyday activities. This approach empowers parents and gives children intervention at a high intensity level. PLAY Autism Intervention is one of several parent-mediated approaches; however, the PLAY autism Intervention model has undergone one of the largest and most rigorous research studies of its kind. The results of a three-year randomized controlled trial, published in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, confirmed significant positive outcomes for children with autism and their parents who participated in the PLAY Autism Intervention program.
The PLAY Project Organization
As a professional training and development company, the PLAY Project organization develops training curriculum for professionals and parents; establishes systems of care through public or private networks in Early Intervention and Community Mental Health; organizes training events; and manages the credentialing process of the PLAY Project Certification program. Find out about our staff here.
Origins of the name PLAY Project
The PLAY in PLAY Project is an acronym for Play & Language for Autistic Youngsters. In 2013, the PLAY Project organization removed the periods from PLAY which had once been known as P.L.A.Y. This change was made because grammar rules state when an acronym spells a word, the periods are not necessary.
By doing what your child loves, your child will love being with you.
Richard Solomon, M.D.