Pilot study of a parent training program for young children with autism: the PLAY Project Home Consultation program

Autism. 2007 May;11(3):205-24. doi: 10.1177/1362361307076842.


The PLAY Project Home Consultation (PPHC) program trains parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders using the DIR/Floortime model of Stanley Greenspan MD. Sixty-eight children completed the 8-12 month program. Parents were encouraged to deliver 15 hours per week of 1:1 interaction. Pre/post ratings of videotapes by blind raters using the Functional Emotional Assessment Scale (FEAS) showed significant increases (p <or= 0.0001) in child subscale scores. Translated clinically, 45.5 percent of children made good to very good functional developmental progress. There were no significant differences between parents in the FEAS subscale scores at either pre-or post-intervention and all parents scored at levels suggesting they would be effective in working with their children. Overall satisfaction with PPHC was 90 percent. Average cost of intervention was $2500/ year. Despite important limitations, this pilot study of The PLAY Project Home Consulting model suggests that the model has potential to be a cost-effective intervention for young children with autism.

MeSH terms

  • Affect
  • Autistic Disorder* / diagnosis
  • Autistic Disorder* / epidemiology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Home Care Services*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Parents / education*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Program Development*
  • Referral and Consultation*
  • Severity of Illness Index