If you have a child between the ages of 18 months and 3 years of age who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), you may find yourself wondering, "How do I best support my child?" Riverside is here to help you with that question and many others as you and your family navigate this journey.
Our team of dedicated service coordinators, developmental specialists and therapists will guide you through everything from the diagnosis, to exploring development interventions like the PLAY Project, to identifying goals for your child and much more. You are not alone, your child is not alone. Riverside's experienced staff will work with you, your family and your doctors to determine the best plan for you and your child.
The PLAY Project
Play & Language
for Autistic Youngsters
The PLAY Project is an evidence-based development intervention that provides training and support for families of children showing concerns with social interactions and engagement. Riverside's PLAY Project Home Consultants teach parents techniques that are effective, fun and useful in everyday interactions.
If you suspect your child has autism, please contact our ADEP team at (937) 440-3099.
Research indicates that the earlier a child is diagnosed and receives appropriate intervention, the easier it is to offset the effect of the disability. A diagnosis along with the team's guidance, can help you formulate a plan to help your child reach their potential.
Children with autism learn differently than typical children and those with cognitive disabilities.
PLAY addresses social impairment by focusing on the interactional process and how it leads to learning readiness. The program is designed to support teaching staff through coaching and modeling with the classroom's routine and structure.
What to Expect
Families who have a child between the ages of 18 months and 3 years who are eligible for our services must be willing to:
Invest daily interventions using the PLAY Project Approach with their child
Sign a consent form for videotaping (videotaping is a key component in this approach)