Project Play has been developed and implemented at Newberry Park when Juliet Newberry noticed the need to increase engagement and play skills of children with Autism and Language delays. Even though play should be incorporated into a well developed ABA program, Juliet felt the need to build a program that would incorporate play in a more natural setting while developing language milestones at the same time.
Project Play has been developed with the focus on areas such as:
Engagement: To increase social opportunities and interaction for learning and communication.
Symbolic Play: We use imitation skills to model correct use of play items, facilitate Joint Attention within our play routines and encourage a wider variety of play skills which in turn helps children increase their flexibility with change of play routine as well as improving their level of play.
Joint Attention: Is co-oridnation of attention between people and objects with the end goal of sharing. Sharing of information, excitement and interest in objects.
Regulation: We teach strategies to children to learn to regulate self-stimulatory behaviors, lack of engagement and any other self-stimulatory behaviors that may arise during play.
Research shows that with individualized and structured play intervention, improvements have been seen in joint attention and communication skills which will then improve negative behavior over time.
Project Play begins with the first 4 weeks of individual therapy with the child and tutor. The child will come for 2-4 30 minute sessions a week. After 4 weeks we then start training parents to implements the play procedures at home within their natural environment, which in turn increases intervention time. Parents receive training for a minimum of 2 weeks during the child's therapy session. Children can then continue to receive therapy sessions with us or come back for another 6 week intensive program at a later stage.
Preparing children with ASD for school is our main goal. For integration to be successful, collaboration with the school and a thorough and individualized systematic transition plan is crucial. Our consultants will discuss with school personnel to devise a plan that is mutually beneficial. An individual therapist will then accompany the child to school, help the child adapt to the new environment and apply his/her skills.
Social Skills Groups
We run 2 different types of social skills groups for all ages of children. This program has become a critical part to teach students social skills as well as to developing their confidence and interest towards other peers. All students who join our social class are assessed and specific goals are developed to meet their needs.
The social class is a fun paced class which uses a number of activities and games to develop and teach targeted skills.
What skills does the class over?
Social interaction skills
Social relatedness building
Social imitation skills
Interactive play skills
Discussion and conversation skills
Stress management skills
Intensive Intervention Program
This is an intensive two-day intervention program that is designed to identify a child's programming needs. We provide two days of direct intervention by a Behaviour Consultant and provide recommendations for on-going treatment and support.
Quick start program
This is a concentrated five-day program to accelerate children's skills and achieve goals that might normally take months to achieve. It is implemented by supervisor-level experts at our centre.
We provide services to families living overseas. Our clinical team is able to travel internationally to provide ABA behvaioural treatment and consultations.