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The Vital Role of Parents in Supporting Children with ASD

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Autism is increasingly common, with 1 in every 54 children (1:34 boys and 1:144 girls, 2020) now diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This sharp increase is thought to be due to more accurate and accessible diagnostics.


Today, there is a wider understanding of the multiple needs of the child with ASD; however, the resources and expertise in the educational, therapy, and medical communities are still somewhat limited.


Autism can often be observed within the first two years of life when parents and families notice that the child is not developing or engaging in ways that are developmentally typical.

Early detection and intervention offers the child and family the potential for a better quality of life; cognitively, emotionally, and physically.


Success for your child requires you, as parents, to have the time, energy, persistence, and understanding of the educational, therapy, and medical worlds. A professional partner can take some of the burden off your shoulders, working for and with you.

Supporting parents and families of a child with ASD requires an understanding of your child, in helping you to become your child’s best coach and advocate, and in ensuring that your child receives quality resources that will provide him/her with enriched life experiences.


In keeping with the goal of empowering parents and families, The PLAY Project is an internationally renowned parent coaching program based in Ann Arbor, Michigan to work with the young child with autism. At its core, the PLAY Project is excellent in providing the platform for partnerships with parents and families.


Nothing pleases us more than watching parents and families grow into their role as they learn the skills that strengthen their family.


“Meet them (children) where they are and take them where they need to be.”

- Dr. Richard Soloman, Founder of The P.L.A.Y. Project


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