What is Play2Talk?

Specialist Communication and Language Support

Play2Talk is a newly developed Naturalistic Developmental Behavioural Intervention (NDBI) based on a mix of key components from 3 well researched therapy models: Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and DIR Floortime. It focuses on developing naturalistic, play based activities and routines to support children with Autism and other developmental challenges to learn to communicate, engage and interact with others whilst learning new skills. 

The Science

There are numerous models of intervention for children experiencing early delays with language and social skills, so it is important to focus on those that are evidence based and grounded in science. Play2Talk is part of a group of well researched approaches to supporting young children with social communication and developmental delays collectively referred to as NDBIs.

Currently NDBI models are viewed as the most effective in helping children to learn to communicate, interact and play and our preliminary research findings have supported this.

In our initial parent coaching study, we found that coaching parents to use these strategies at home had a positive impact on parental emotional wellbeing. This was directly linked to child progress (particularly with speech) and children made fast gains with their communication skills. Play2Talk input also supported children to build attention and social interaction skills, alongside showing a positive link to improved sensory and emotional regulation.


Parent Power

Play2Talk differs from traditional treatments for children with developmental challenges as it does not advocate an intensive programme of therapist delivered intervention. Our model is focused on a parent mediated approach where parents are the key partners in their child’s therapy.



Ages and Stages

Play2Talk covers the 0-5 age group with 4 levels. Level 1 is specifically designed for infants ages 6-12 months who are showing possible red flags for autism.  Levels 2-4 , although developmentally referenced, can be accessed by any child at any stage and children do not need to have a diagnosis or be presenting with red flags for Autism Spectrum Conditions for these strategies to be effective.


Level 1: Baby Babblers (6-12 months)

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For infants who may be showing early signs of social and communication differences, early intervention is critical. Through supporting a child’s sensory needs and ability to regulate, our approach is focused on helping our youngest children interact with those around them and explore their world.

Level 2: Tiny Talkers (12 months to 2.5 years)

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For children who are beginning to experience language and/ or social communication delays, our Tiny Talkers approach supports parents to understand how to play purposefully with their child in order to create opportunities for communication and learning within games and activities that they both enjoy.


Level 3: Confident Communicators (2.5 years to 3.5 years)

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For children who have moved beyond our Tiny Talkers focus and need some additional support with their communication skills. Alternatively this Level is also relevant for children who have had no previous intervention, but who need additional input with their speech and language. Our Confident Communicators model has been designed using the most up to date research on engaging and teaching children to learn and build language for a range of purposes.


Level 4: Excited Enquirers (3.5 years to 5 years)

Building social communication skills is a key focus of the Play2Talk approach across the age ranges. In Level 4 children are supported to learn to ask questions and develop critical early conversation skills that can have a significant impact on social development and peer play longer term.

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