How does the PLAY Project help my child with autism?

If your child has an autism diagnosis, your certified PLAY Project Consultant will provide PLAY Autism Intervention:  an evidence-based, high-quality program that helps young children improve their language, development, behavior, social skills, and autism severity.
Your PLAY Project Consultant assesses your child’s developmental and behavioral changes at each visit. The assessment is used to develop the child’s individualized PLAY Plan: a set of techniques and activities designed to help your child reach these outcomes:
Increased caregiver/parent and child interaction
Increased social interaction of child with autism
Improved social-emotional development of child with autism
Improved autism-related diagnostic category/symptoms including behavioral compliance.
Our certified PLAY Project Consultants are specialists in the fields of child development and autism spectrum disorders who are trained to educate, guide, and support you as you learn to nurture your child’s social and emotional development, but we consider you, as parents and caregivers, to be the expert on you

Benefits to Parents

You and your Certified PLAY Project Consultant become partners in your child’s progress. You receive individualized coaching that empowers you to have a closer, more satisfying relationship with your child.
You will learn:
How to identify your child’s unique strengths and needs.
How to make every interaction with your child a growing and learning experience.
How to apply the evidence-based PLAY Project principles, methods, and techniques.
What “developmentally appropriate” means for your child.
How to effectively respond to your child’s behavior.
Ways to support your child’s learning and prepare for kindergarten.
How to increase the amount of smiles and laughter in the home. The PLAY Project emphasizes fun!

Research & Evidence

published in October 2014 Issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics


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.

We would love to support your family on this journey.

Welcome to the PLAY project

The Loose Caboose

Don’t wreck my trains

The kissing brontosaurus

A home visit (bear fart)