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Research & Evidence


The PLAY Project 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.

Evidence for PLAY Project:  

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”,  The Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, October 2014.

The 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 symptoms demonstrated in a pilot study of the application of the PLAY Project model (Solomon R, Necheles J, Ferch C, Bruckman, 2007).


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