PLAY Project

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The PLAY Project (acronym for Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) is a community-based, national autism training and early intervention program established in 2001 by Richard Solomon, MD.[1][non-primary source needed] Based on the DIR (Developmental, Individualized, Relationship-based)[2][non-primary source needed] theory of Stanley Greenspan MD, the program is designed to train parents and professionals to implement intensive, developmental interventions for young children (18 months to 6 years) with autism. The program is operating in nearly 100 agencies worldwide including 25 states and in nine countries outside the U.S. (Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Israel, Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and China).[3] The PLAY Project has been operating since 2001 from its headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI.


Some preliminary research on the program was published by the peer-reviewed British journal, Autism.[4][non-primary source needed]


  1. ^ "Richard Solomon, MD". Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
  2. ^ ICDL website Archived 2008-02-25 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ P.L.A.Y. Project locations
  4. ^ Solomon, R., Necheles, J., Ferch, C., & Bruckman, D. (2007). Pilot study of a parent training program for young children with autism. Autism vol. 11 no. 3 205-224 doi:10.1177/1362361307076842 [1]<May, 2007).

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