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Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters (PLAY) Project

The PLAY Project

About The PLAY Project®

Created by Richard Solomon, MD in 2001 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is based on the DIR® (Developmental, Individualized, Relationship-based) theory of Stanley Greenspan, MD, this program emphasizes the importance of helping parents become their child’s best PLAY partner.  PLAY Home Consulting Program provides training and support for families of children with Autism. 

Trained consultants teach parents techniques that are effective, fun, and useful in day-to-day interactions with their child.  By providing training in the home, consultants see the family in an environment where the child feels comfortable, rather than in a setting unfamiliar and possibly intimidating to the child.

The PLAY Project has four key components:

  • Diagnosis
  • Home Consulting
  • Training
  • Research

The PLAY Project follows The National Academy of Sciences recommendations for the education of young children with autistic spectrum disorders. Parents and professionals should:

  • Begin interventions early (18 months to 5 years)
  • Use intensive intervention 25 hours per week
  • Have a teacher/play partner to child ratio of 1:1 or 1:2
  • Use interventions that are engaging and
  • Have a strategic direction (e.g. social skills, language, etc.)

DC home consultants teach parents how to provide intensive, one-on-one, play-based services to their young children with Autism.

For additional information about services, please call Strong Start, DC Early Intervention Program (DC EIP) at (202) 727-3665.

Strong Start DC EIP provides developmental services for eligible children under the age of 3 years old.  If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 6, please refer to www.PLAYproject.org  directly for a listing of providers in the area.

PLAY Project Media Kit

Service Contact: 
Strong Start
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-3665
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Service Location: 

1371 Harvard Street, NW

GIS Address: 
1371 Harvard Street, NW