Texas Autism PLAY Project, LLC (TAPP) is a licensed and trained licensee of The P.L.A.Y. Project performing autism services for families and children in early developmental stages of 18 months to 6 years of age.
Autism is a growing and serious problem throughout the world. Statistics show that 1 in 88 children are on the Autism Spectrum and many will go undiagnosed and unserved. Texas Autism PLAY Project is an in home, evidence based developmental therapy designed to provide coaching, consulting and therapy services to children and their parents, in their home. Services currently are provided in Dallas, F
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Autism Rate Has Increased -- 1 In 68 Kids Now Identified With The Disorder
One in 68 children in the United States have now been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers released Thursday.
The latest estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than the CDC's previous measure, released in 2012, which found that 1 in 88 children had autism, based on health and education records.
According to the new report, among 8-year-olds living in one of 11 CDC surveillance areas across the country in 2010, roughly 14.7 in every 1,000 had autism, though there were some regional differences in rates -- many of them pronounced. In New Jersey, for example, 1 in 45 children had been identified with autism, compared to just 1 in 175 in Alabama.
Overall, the new report mirrors earlier estimates, finding that autism is roughly five times more common in boys than in girls. One in 42 boys were affected, compared to just 1 in 189 girls. White children were more likely to be identified with autism than black or Hispanic children.
The global prevalence of autism has increased twenty- to thirtyfold since the first population studies were conducted in Europe in the late 1960s and '70s, according to background information provided in the new report. At that time, research suggested that only 1 in 2,500 children in Europe were affected by autism.
The CDC began tracking autism rates in the U.S. in 2000 with the establishment of its Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, which relies on health and education records. Early estimates found that autism affected roughly 1 in every 150 children -- a number that has steadily increased with each subsequent report. (A separate 2013 CDC report estimated that 1 in every 50 children in the U.S. have an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, although that was based on parental reports, not official records.)
It's still not precisely known what is causing the steady rise in autism diagnosis.
"There has certainly been an increase in awareness, and that drives families toward earlier action ... It drives them to ask questions at earlier ages, and it also increases the probability of detection," Rob Ring, chief science officer with the nonprofit Autism Speaks, told The Huffington Post. "We also know that surveillance itself is improving. Groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics have instituted guidelines for screening, which increase the chances of picking up kids who have been missed previously."
Ring added that the diagnostic criteria for autism has changed over the years, most recently with the release of DSM-5 -- the so-called "bible" of modern psychiatry. Among other things, the new edition of the DSM has folded Asperger's syndrome into the broader category of ASD.
"But that's not the full picture," said Ring. "We know that risk factors such as increasing parental age are likely adding modestly to increases as well. Science continues to reveal interesting interactions between genetics and the environment."
Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning there is a wide range in the ways and degrees to which it affects people. Its cause is unknown, though it is generally thought to be a combination of genetic and non-genetic factors.
Notably, the new report found that most children tend to be diagnosed after age 4, despite advances that have made it possible for diagnosis to happen as early as age 2. That figure suggests that too many children are "missing out on the transformative benefits on outcomes that early intervention offers," Ring said. "Earlier diagnosis has got to be a priority."
In a statement, Coleen Boyle, director of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, echoed the sentiment.
"Community leaders, health professionals, educators and childcare providers should use these data to ensure children with ASD are identified as early as possible and connected to the services they need," she said.
[02/02/14] For a limited time, The Texas Autism PLAY Project is taking open patient applications with partial financial support/discounts for service in the Austin Texas area. Affordable, Evidenced based Autism therapy in the home of the child. Call 512-686-4999 for more information.
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Research & EvidenceThe P.L.A.Y. Project is excited to announce that our 3-year NIMH-funded randomized, controlled trial has yielded positive and statistically significant results! For more information about this study, please see the grant summary below. We are in the process of publishing the results and will conduct a formal press release upon publication. To hear Dr. Solomon discuss the details of this study, please listen to his webinar: Session 4 – The P.L.A.Y. Project: Research Overview.
The P.L.A.Y. Project Intervention for Autism
2009 – 2012 NIMH Grant Program Summary
A growing number of children (1 in 88) with autism spectrum disorders ASD need intensive intervention (25 hours/week, 1:1 or 1:2 professional to pupil ratio), which most states do not provide because a) there is a national shortage of trained personnel, b) such interventions are very expensive, and c) an evidence-based, cost-effective model has not yet been developed for national dissemination. As a result, there is a very large unmet national need for autism services.
The P.L.A.Y. (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Project Home Consultation Program, under the direction of developmental and behavioral pediatrician Richard Solomon MD, is an innovative train-the-trainer solution that could potentially address this national need.
Since publication of the pilot study in 2007*, P.L.A.Y. was awarded a $1.8 million 3 year NIH SBIR (Small Business Innovations Research) grant in 2009 to implement a randomized, multi-site, blinded, controlled effectiveness study. This study compared children in the control group who received Community Standard Services (CSS)—typically special education pre-school—to children in the intervention group who received CSS plus P.L.A.Y. Home Consulting. The Home Consultation Program is a once a month (3 hour), home-based, parent training program that uses certified masters level pediatric professionals (SLP, OT, MSW MEd., etc) as coaches. P.L.A.Y. operationalizes Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime framework into a practical, fully manualized approach. Parents are supported to P.L.A.Y. for a total of two hours per day in ways that are sensitive, responsive, and effective in engaging their hard to engage young children (ages 18 months to 6 years old) with ASD.
With Easter Seals National as our clinical partner and and Michigan State University (Hiram Fitzgerald PhD and Laurie VanEgren PhD) as our evaluation partner, The P.L.A.Y. Project NIH Grant successfully recruited 112, 3-5 year old children with ASD at 5 Easter Seals sites. Each year a cohort of 30 families received monthly 3-hour P.L.A.Y. Project home visits for 12 months. Thus about 55 intervention families and 55 control families were recruited.
Data analysis from both cohorts is being finalized to confirm that children in the P.L.A.Y. intervention group improve when compared to the control group. Our research is focused on whether P.L.A.Y. children improve in autism severity, language, and interaction; and whether parents learn to PLAY better. We are also hoping to show that P.L.A.Y. Home Consultants show fidelity to the P.L.A.Y. model.
With positive results, The P.L.A.Y. Project would show promise as a replicable developmental model of autism intervention using an efficient train-the-trainer model at relatively low cost to parents and society that can be broadly and quickly disseminated to serve a growing, unmet national need.
* Solomon R, Necheles J, Ferch C, Bruckman D, (2007) Pilot study of a parent training program for young children with autism: The P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultation program. Autism Vol 11(3) 205-224.
Early Experiences with Autism and DIR®
Dr. Solomon’s interest in young children with autism and their families began even before he went to medical school in 1977. In 1975, he worked with elementary school age children, many of whom were on the autism spectrum, in a small special education program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The type of intervention was play-based and as a ‘mental health worker’ he spent 8 hours per day, 5 days per week for two years interacting with the children. Subsequently, in 1983, as a fellow in the National Center for Clinical Infants Program, he met Stanley Greenspan, MD, the nationally known child psychiatrist. As Dr. Solomon became familiar with Dr. Greenspan’s Developmental Individualized, Relationship-based (DIR) model, he recognized the similarities between DIR (at that time called ‘Floortime’) and what he had been doing in the Ann Arbor elementary school.
I’ve known Rick Solomon for many years and he’s not only a pioneer and a leader in Michigan, but also one of a small group of clinicians and researchers who are transforming the way we care for infants, young children and families with various challenges throughout the world.
—Stanley Greenspan M.D.
About Dr. Solomon, Founder of the Texas Autism PLAY Project, LLC
A Brief Biography:
Richard Solomon, MD, is the Medical Director of The Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and founder of The P.L.A.Y. Project. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics and has been diagnosing and treating children with autism spectrum disorders for over 25 years. He has worked professionally with Ivar Lovaas, Stanley Greenspan, and Mr. Rogers. In 2001, Dr. Solomon created The P.L.A.Y. Project as a response to the lack of services for young children with autism in his community and across the country. The P.L.A.Y. Project’s mission is to train a national network of pediatric professionals to deliver an evidence-based, low-cost, intensive, developmental intervention to families of young children with autism spectrum disorders. To that end, Dr. Solomon has trained more than 500 pediatric professionals in nearly 30 states and 7 countries to become P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultants.
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