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Autism Program - P.L.A.Y. Project

Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters
The P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consulting Program provides training and support for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Services are provided in the home. Trained consultants teach parents techniques that are effective, fun, and useful in day-to-day interactions with their child with autism.

The P.L.A.Y. Project was created by Dr. Richard Solomon in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This program is practical application of the DIR / Floor time model of Stanley Greenspan MD, a nationally respected child psychiatrist. The P.L.A.Y. Project has been piloted with over 500 families in sites all over the Midwest and is currently offered by more than 40 agencies, schools, and hospitals located in 17 states. The Consultants have degrees in various fields relevant to ASD such as Speech, OT, Psychology, Social Work, or Special Education, and receive intensive training by Dr. Solomon and his supervisory staff in the DIR/P.L.A.Y. Project model, prior to working with families. The Home Consultants will provide 3-hour visits monthly for each family. These visits are designed to teach parents how to provide intensive, one-on-one, play-based services to their young children with autism.


Cost of P.L.A.Y. Project

Ohio children between the ages of 3 and 5 with a diagnosis of ASD, may qualify for the Ohio Autism Scholarship. Those children that do not qualify for the scholarship may work out a payment plan with the Autism Clinic, and a list of grants are available for the parents to apply for assistance with the cost of the program.

To receive additional information about the P.L.A.Y. Project and Home Consulting Programs, please visit

To schedule a P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultation, please call (419) 794-7259.
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