Autism Early Intervention
Connecting parents of young autistic children to intervention education.
The Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters (PLAY) Project is a community-based autism training modality and early intervention program. It’s dedicated to empowering professionals and parents of autistic children to implement intensive, developmental interventions for young children with autism most effectively and efficiently.
Effective, Fun and Useful In-Home Programming
The PLAY Project is an in-home program that provides autism resources, training, and support to families of young (18 months to 6 years) children with autism. Our trained consultants teach parents PLAY techniques that are effective, fun, and useful in day-to-day interactions with their autistic children. Created by Richard Solomon, MD, and based on the Developmental, Individualized, Relationship-based Theory by Stanley Greenspan, MD, this program emphasizes the importance of helping parents become their child’s best PLAY partner.
The research-based home program includes the following:
- Ten home visits per year
- Three-hour sessions roughly divided between one hour of modeling, one hour of coaching, and one hour of feedback
- Selective videotaping of home visit interactions, followed by video analysis, written evaluations, and feedback
- Interaction with other service providers as appropriate
What research is involved?
Why is intensive intervention important?
What skills does this program target?
- Self-regulation and shared attention
- Engagement and intimacy
- Two-way communication and initiation
- Complex communication and language
- Emotional ideas, simple symbolic play
- Emotional thinking, complex symbolic play
We apply techniques in the PLAY Project model that match each child’s developmental level; in other words, we “meet them where they are.” We help each child gain social skills and language by building solid relationships with their family, adults, and, eventually, peers.
How does the PLAY Project compare with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)?
How is the PLAY Project different from other therapies?
Interested in joining the program? Contact us for more information and to sign-up your family and child.
*For families that need help with payment, FIRST offers a sliding scale fee structure for the PLAY Project. FIRST can bill this service to Medicaid Direct if the child has Medicaid.