Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism, but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 89 girls.

Easterseals North Georgia provides screening Autism screenings for young children using the MCHAT. We utilize a team approach when evaluating the needs of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Services may include, physical, occupational or speech therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Positive Behavioral supports, the P.L.A.Y Project, or a combination.

The P.L.A.Y. Project

The P.L.A.Y. Project (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) is an in-home consultation program that provides training and support for families of children diagnosed with Autism. The goal of P.L.A.Y. is to improve language, social, and play skills in these children between the ages of 18 months to 7 years. The P.L.A.Y. Project was founded by Dr. Rick Solomon based on Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s floor time model which is developmental, individualized, and relationship-based.,

This project is unique because it provides training for the parents of children with ASD, so they can implement therapy at home. By providing training in the home, the therapist works with the families in an environment where the child feels comfortable. The P.L.A.Y. Project aims to support and educate families on ways to improve language, social and play skills in their children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. By training the parents, the child receives a greater level of intervention, as P.L.A.Y. techniques are incorporated into everyday activities to help the child constantly learn and grow.

For more information on the P.L.A.Y. Project, please contact Easterseals North Georgia at (404) 943-1070

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