The P.L.A.Y. (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Project is a program designed for children ages 18 months to 6 years who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or pervasive development disorder (PDD). This speech therapy program was developed by Dr. Richard Solomon in 2001 based on the DIR (developmental, individualized and relationship-based) model of Dr. Stanley Greenspan.
There are six functional developmental levels in the framework of this speech therapy model including:
- shared attention
- two-way communication
- initiation, complex communication and language, simple symbolic play
- complex symbolic play/emotional thinking
This program for autistic children is designed to provide parents with the tools needed to promote communication with their child in an intensive, one-on-one, play-based environment. Clinicians provide a practical application of the DIR/ Floortime Model in monthly 90-minute sessions using and/or coaching various P.L.A.Y. techniques, creating a growing and learning communication experience in every interaction with their child.