The Play Project
It’s here! It’s here! Now available to families in the Kaiserslautern area! PLAY Project is an evidence-based, parent-implemented, intensive therapy model to support young children with Autism. The Play Project is one of two Developmental Models of intervention offered at Growing Up Therapy that can be a compliment or alternative to behavioral therapy. You may already know about our “DIR Floortime” training that focuses on:
1. The child’s Developmental level
2. His/Her Individual differences and is
3. Relationship based.
PLAY Project also focuses on these important 3 components while coaching parents to connect with their child in joyful, meaningful ways that foster their child’s social interaction, communication, motor, problem-solving and play skills.
Well, in February 2022 we will have a certified Play Project practitioner who will be available for appointments! Here are some bullet points about the PLAY Project. You can also click the link below for our brochure.
- We make sure children feel safe and supported
- We work directly with parents to help them understand how to meet their children where they are developmentally, maximize the back and forth enjoyment of play and get to the next developmental steps
- We provide specific strategies and activities to help parents best interact with their children
- We schedule some home visits, in person or virtually, because this is the child’s natural environment for learning
- We provide video feedback, so that you can review and practice new ideas
- We constantly adjust your child’s individualized program as he/she progresses up the developmental levels
The Play Project is about fostering and deepening relationships. Children engage and communicate, because they are internally motivated to do so as they seek relating to the most important people in their lives – the family members and caregivers! When loved ones accurately read and respond appropriately to a child’s communication cues (often non-verbal) a child feels “heard”, validated and understood. This gives the child (and really, all of of as humans) a sense of safety, empowerment and agency. It is in the context of these safe and caring relationships that children flourish and make wonderful developmental gains.