The PLAY (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Project is a parent coaching model for early, intensive interventions that promote the full potential of children diagnosed with autism. “Our mission is to help parents form a joyous relationship with their children who have autism,” says Richard Solomon, MD, founder and medical director of The PLAY Project. The core of the program is early diagnosis followed by intensive intervention through 2-hour, daily parental interactions. The focus is on developmental and relationship-based outcomes, as demonstrated in published research. The project, which is now in 30 states and 9 countries, plans to train an international network of pediatric professionals and child development experts to coach parents.

Richard Solomon, MD