Looking for hard evidence on P.L.A.Y. and Floortime

Easter Seals Peoria & Bloomington-Normal is participating in a national research study with the Ann Arbor Center for Developmental Pediatrics through the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) . Our affiliate is excited to participate in this three-year study to determine the effectiveness of P.L.A.Y. and DIR Floortime intervention strategy designed to meet the intensive needs of children with autism spectrum disorders.

From a P.L.A.Y. press release:

Details of the study: With research-design guidance from Michigan State University, and community-outreach support from Easter Seals, The P.L.A.Y. Project is conducting a randomized, controlled, and blinded clinical trial. Drawing participants from five Easter Seals autism service locations, the study compares the outcomes of 60 children who participate in The P.L.A.Y. Project with the outcomes of 60 children who receive standard, community interventions, making it the largest study of its kind.

Throughout the last six years of providing P.L.A.Y. services, we have seen excellent results, not just in the progress of the children, but in the parent-child relationship as a whole. Our parents tell us that The P.L.A.Y. Project positively impacts their relationship with their child. Since participating in P.L.A.Y., their child gives them hugs and even seeks out their affection.

We’re excited to have the opportunity to participate in evidence related to this intervention, and look forward to continuing to provide help and hope for families living with autism.


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