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Play-Based Interventions
Early Childhood Education for Children with Disabilities

As of April 2012 no studies of Play-Based Interventions were found that fell within the scope of the Early Childhood Education for Children with Disabilities review protocol and met WWC design standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any research based conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of Play-Based Interventions to improve outcomes in this area.
Play-based interventions are practices designed to improve socio-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development through guided interactive play. During play sessions, an interventionist uses strategies including modeling, verbal redirection, reinforcement, and indirect instruction to sustain and encourage child play activities. Through the use of appropriate play materials and the direction of the interventionist, the goal is for young children with disabilities to be better able to explore, experiment, interact, and express themselves.

Last Updated: April 2012

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