PLAY Project

PLAY Project

For children who have autism, display signs of autism, or are otherwise neurodivergent, early intervention can make a significant difference in their lives.

To support children with disabilities and their families, New Hope of Indiana offers the PLAY (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Project. The PLAY Project is an evidence-based, parent-mediated early autism intervention model that serves children from 18 months to 6 years of age. Because their brains develop at a rapid rate before age 7, early intervention is a key component of this program.

Why participate in the PLAY Project with New Hope?

What We Offer

Our Experience

Our Culture

Why participate in the PLAY Project with New Hope?

What We Offer

Our Experience

Our Culture

What We Offer

The PLAY Project is an early intervention program headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Developed by Richard Solomon MD, a developmental behavioral pediatrician, the PLAY Project is based on the DIR® (Developmental, Individualized, Relationship-based) theory of Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Weider PhD, and emphasizes the importance of helping parents become their child’s best play partner. New Hope is proud to offer the PLAY program and has seen positive results from the program.

The PLAY Project utilizes play as a form of therapy. Certified PLAY Project Consultants work alongside parents to help their child develop and progress their communication skills, problem-solving techniques, fine motor skills and social skills.

Different from many other early intervention methods, parents are included in their child’s sessions, which usually consist of two one-to-two hour sessions per month. These sessions are recorded so that the consultant can review and give parents individualized training, coaching and support based on their needs and the needs of their child. As a result, parents are able to bring home the skills they learn to further their child’s progress.

Our Experience

New Hope has been participating in the PLAY Project since 2016 and is proud to have two certified PLAY Project consultants on staff. Additionally, organization-wide, New Hope boasts a dedicated team where 30% of our associates have been employed with us for over 10 years and over 50% have had more than a decade of total experience.

Our Culture

“We are in the people business.” This phrase encapsulates our commitment to creating a caring and inclusive culture where every individual, regardless of ability, is celebrated. The individuals we serve are at the heart of what we do, and our core values—Service, Reverence, Integrity, Inclusivity, Wisdom, Creativity, and Dedication—guide our actions every day.

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