Parents as Play Partners


PLAY IS PLEASURABLE. Children must enjoy the activity or it is not play. PLAY IS INTRINSICALLY MOTIVATED. Children engage in play simply for the satisfaction the behavior itself brings. It has no extrinsically motivated function or goal. PLAY IS PROCESS ORIENTED. When children play, the means are more important than the ends. PLAY IS FREELY CHOSEN. It is spontaneous and voluntary. If a child is pressured, she will likely not think of the activity as play. PLAY IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED. Players must be physically and/or mentally involved in the activity. PLAY IS NON-LITERAL. It involves make-believe.

Play presents your child with a particularly strong opportunity for growth because it meets the needs of the whole, individual child. All domains of your child’s development – cognitive, social, emotional, and physical – are intricately intertwined.

For most children, play is a skill which develops along a natural continuum and follows a typical trajectory. However, for children who are delayed in their overall development- early play skills need to be systematically taught. Following the curriculum from the Early Start Denver Model, our Parents as Play Partners program aims to build speech, language, and social connections through play. We work directly with children ages 18 months to 3 years and their families to build play skills in both parents and children. The ESDM is the only comprehensive early intervention model that has been validated in a randomized clinical trial for use with children with autism as young as 18 monhts of age. It has been found to be effective for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across a wide range of learning styles and abilities. Contact us for more information (541) 716-1316.