What is EDU-Ther-a-Play?

EDU-Ther-A-Play is a compilation of researched best practices and theories with an emphasis on social emotional intelligence, social skills communication, coping and problem solving strategies. One size does not fit all. We include relationship and play based practices, techniques and strategies intertwined with ABA.

Mission Statement:

Step-by-Step Early Childhood & EDU-Ther-a-Play programs are founded on four basic principles.

1. Relationship Based: The development of Relationships is the heart of our work. The path to our most effective work is through relationship development with the family and child. Children learn new skills through interacting with those they love and trust.

2. Play Based: Play in the Lives of Children is so much more than the notion of children having fun. It identifies elements that can be observed when children are engaged in play and emphasizes the importance of play as a way for children to develop skills and acquire knowledge that will help prepare them for school and life. It makes the connection between playing, and the development of physical, social, language and literacy skills; and identifies concepts that children learn while they play.

3. Evidence Based: Programs and services are developed using current research, analysis and ongoing data collection in the fields of Child Development (prenatal-6 years old), (School age K-12), (Adults), Infant mental health and development, Applied Behavior Analysis, Relationship Based practices and sound psychological and evidenced based curriculum and assessment tools.

4. Family focused: The family guides the intervention process. Through questions and ongoing conversations with a family, the interventionist will gain insight to develop activities that are individualized for the family. A family focused interventionist must follow the family’s lead and respect their individual differences and choices. The family’s team may include the other family members such as children and extended family and caregivers. Parents determine the intervention goals that the team follows.