Research & Evidence

Evidence for PLAY Project:  Research Article published in October 2014 Issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics



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

This large scale study focused on the impact of our autism intervention: a parent-implemented (a.k.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 symptomatology

Secondary outcomes:

  • Improved parent stress and depression; and
  • PLAY Project consultant fidelity.  In other words, they were true to the PLAY Project model and delivered it as trained.

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Click here for the full peer-reviewed journal article: “The PLAY Project Home Consultation Intervention Program for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial”

Click here to read:  Parent coaching (PLAY Project) early intervention program benefits young children with autism

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 is supported by the following:

• Grounded in the work of cognitive development research pioneers, Piaget (1896 – 1980) and Vygotsky (1896 -1934).

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

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

• Incorporates Greenspan and Wieder’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-implemented autism interventions, click here.