Welcome to Play Connections! May you find refuge here. I understand how overwhelming it is to hear that your child has or may have autism. The next steps can be just as ovewhelming as you begin your search for effective treatments. Here at Play Connections, we have a passion for creating the most optimal treatment environments for young learners. Our mission is to provide children with intensive, highly individualized and effective intervention as early as possible to ensure the best start in life. All of our programs are rooted in applied behavior analysis (ABA), the most recommended and widely recognized intervention for children with autism and related conditions. Please explore our site to find the answers you seek. If you don't find them here, please contact me directly. Let us be your partner in helping your child reach his/her fullest potential.
Melanie Shaw, M.A., B.C.B.A
**Insurance coverage for ABA services is on the rise in Oregon!**
Intensive Early Learner Program
Our Early Learner Program was first developed and piloted in Howard County, Maryland in light of current research and best practices for treating young children with autism. Melanie Shaw was hired to develop and launch this intervention program in collaboration with the autism society's local chapter members. The renowned success of this program has now been replicated here in the Portland area as we recognize the importance of motivation-based intensive intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorders.
We currently have a waitlist for services. If your child is between the ages of 2-5, please request and submit our Initial Intake Form. If an opening becomes available in an appropriate grouping, we will contact you for an intake meeting.