MIDLAND, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) The pandemic has presented multiple challenges for parents and their children, especially for children with autism.
“One in 54 Children is affected by autism.”PlayProject.org
Those children who thrive on in-person classes, counseling, and therapy lack the resources they need because the pandemic has limited in-person training. One program that offers in-person coaching for families is taking their program steps further, providing coaching to parents anywhere around the country.
The PLAY Project, an early intervention autism program, offers virtual coaching for parents across the country to help their children learn, grow, and develop the social skills necessary to be successful. Through the PLAY Project, parents can learn how to engage with their children daily and find access to guidance through teleplay.
“There are play consultants all over the country who are now doing what we call teleplay, where you can access a play consultant from anywhere at any time. They help you at home by watching videos you take of your child and give you systematic feedback to that,” said Dr. Rick Solomon.
Welcome to The PLAY Project: The PLAY Project™ is a parent-implemented, intensive early intervention program for young children with autism that is evidence-based.
The program was founded by Dr. Rick Solomon (aka The Fun Doctor), a pediatrician with 25 years of experience, and the medical director at The Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in Michigan.
“We take play seriously.”Dr. Rick Solomon
Dr. Rick wants to help families through this pandemic and for the month of November, families can get instant and free access to The PLAY Project’s Introductory Online Course. Dr. Rick said that this program is not just for children with autism, but for any child who has behavioral issues or trouble with social interactions.
“Early intervention can make a profound difference in the life course of these children because their brains are developing at an incredible rate before the age of 5.”PlayProject.org.
Dr. Rick said he’s seen progress in children with an autism spectrum disorder make progress within three to four sessions, but it’s also essential that parents put in the work. “The time matters, and it’s around one to two hours a day of engaging interaction, which is around 10 to 15 hours a week,” said Dr. Rick.
The Flores Family who from McAllen, Texas said they have seen their seven-year-old son Eli make leaps and bounds, literally. “He would never go outside because he was scared of spiders, now he’s cleaning out the spider webs from the playset with a broom so that he can play,” said Eli’s parents, Adriana and Mario Flores. They both said, “overall we are happy with everything we learned. And we implement it on a daily basis.”
Watch Extended Conversation: Dr. Rick explains the process of the PLAY project and the importance of accepting the child right where they are at.
For more information on the PLAY Project, the free introductory online course, and teleplay therapy that can be accesses around the country, visit www.PLAYProject.org. There you can also find where to purchase Dr. Rick’s book “Autism: The Potential Within” which shares the journey of child who grows through the PLAY Project. His book will also be discounted through the month of November.