PLAY Project

What is the PLAY Project?

The PLAY Project organization offers research-based autism programs that focus on play and relationships to support the social and emotional growth of the child with autism.  PLAY Project methods, techniques, and principles are the foundation for PLAY Autism intervention.  Professionals who offer PLAY Autism Intervention are trained and credentialed by the PLAY Project organization.

Do I need an Autism diagnosis to start the PLAY project?

Children we serve do not have to have a diagnosis of ASD. They can be demonstrating signs and symptoms of ASD as determined by the team. Children we serve with PLAY Project have to be enrolled in Early Intervention services prior to age 3 and can continue to participate for up to one full year from date of enrollment in the PLAY Project. 

What is a PLAY Project Home Visit like?

Our consultants show you practical ways to make every interaction with your child a growing and learning experience. Bath time, meals, outdoor play. Each of these daily routines can be used to help your child improve communication and build meaningful relationships.

During visits, you and the PLAY Project Consultant engage your child in playful activities. Siblings and other caregivers are welcome to join. Your PLAY Project Consultant supports your learning, so that you gain confidence in the methods and techniques that you will throughout your everyday interactions. 

What is a Parent-Mediated model?

PLAY is a parent-implemented autism intervention, meaning that you gain the skills you need to support your child's social-emotional growth. Research shows that children on the autism spectrum have more success when parents are empowered to provide intervention at home. Parents can learn effective strategies for engagement, so that their children receive intensive intervention throughout the day. The PLAY techniques and methods become a regular part of family life.