Richard Solomon, MD, Medical Director of The P.L.A.Y. Project and the Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Michigan; NIMH Grant Recipient
In this talk Richard Solomon, MD will present the results of the NIMH study: “Randomized, controlled trial of The P.L.A.Y. (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Project Intervention for Autism”. This study evaluates outcomes, after one year of intervention, by comparing 60 control children receiving community standard services (CSS), of 12-14 hours of special education pre-school, to 60 PLAY Project intervention children receiving CSS plus the PLAY Project, a once a month, home-based, parent training program using trained masters level PLAY Project Home Consultants. Dr. Solomon will review the related scientific literature, describe the PLAY Project’s intensive developmental intervention model and present the key outcomes including the interactional skills of parents and children, language, and autism severity.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the scientific evidence for developmental (as opposed to ‘behavioral’) interventions for children with autism.
- Describe the P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultation model
- Define the research findings of the P.L.A.Y. Project’s NIMH grant.