PLAY_photo_collageThe P.L.A.Y. ProjectTM 

The P.L.A.Y. ProjectTM (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) is a nationally recognized program that provides in-home training and support for families of children age 14 months to 7 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  This intensive intervention model is designed to help parents make meaningful connections with their child through play...connections that bring the child out of isolation and into a place where communication, social skills and relationships can develop. 

Trained P.L.A.Y. consultants in Billings, Missoula and Helena, MT, Salt Lake City, Provo, and St. George, UT work with parents in the home, where their child is most comfortable, teaching them play-based, individualized intervention techniques. Parents learn how to become their child's best P.L.A.Y.mate by incorporating fun and useful interactions into everyday activities their child enjoys.  As parents learn and use the program's methods consistently, most young children with ASD make substantial developmental progress.

Our P.L.A.Y. consultants currently serve western Montana in Butte, Anaconda, Great Falls, Kalispell, Eureka, Columbia Falls, Hungry Horse as well as Columbus, Red Lodge, Hardin, Crow Agency, and are available to travel to Sheridan, Wyoming. Consultants utilize video technology during home visits to help guide parents in applying P.L.A.Y. techniques. In addition, the videos are analyzed and used in completing assessments and monitoring each child's progress.

The P.L.A.Y. ProjectTM intervention model is a practical application of the DIR/floortime model of Stanley Greenspan, M.D., a nationally renowned child psychiatrist.  It was developed by Dr. Richard Solomon, a Michigan physician specializing in developmental/behavioral pediatrics, who has been diagnosing and treating children with autism for more than 15 years.

For more information contact an Easter Seals-Goodwill P.L.A.Y. Consultant:
Audrey Pierce-Seeley in Missoula, MT at 406-850-2977
Kelly Melius in Billings, MT at 406-657-9728
Abigail Hood in Missoula, MT at 406-217-8768
Janet Wade in Salt Lake City, UT at 801-633-2091