Program Spotlight: The PLAY Project

Program Spotlight: The PLAY Project

At New Hope, we offer a comprehensive suite of services to individuals with disabilities in central Indiana. We want our community to see all the amazing services we have available. Therefore, we will be highlighting our programs in our monthly e-newsletter, The Heartbeat. This month, we are spotlighting The 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 – an evidence-based, parent mediated early intervention model that serves children from 18 months to 6 years of age.

The PLAY Project program is 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 can bring home the skills they learn to further their child’s progress.

If you or someone you know is interested in the PLAY Project, contact us by clicking the link below!

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