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Implementing Play and Learning Strategies (PALS)

Yes (PALS Infant only)

Program Model Overview

Last Updated

May 2016

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The information in this profile reflects feedback from this model’s developer as of the above date. The description of the implementation of the model here, including any adaptations, may differ from how it was implemented in the studies reviewed to determine this model’s evidence of effectiveness. Inclusion in the implementation report does not mean the practices described meet the DHHS criteria for evidence of effectiveness.

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Implementation Support

Implementation support for Play and Learn Strategies (PALS) is provided by the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Children’s Learning Institute. No state support systems exist.

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Theoretical Model

PALS was developed to enhance parents’ interactions with their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It is designed as a preventive intervention program to strengthen the attachment between parent and child and to stimulate early language, cognitive, and social development.

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Target Population

Two versions of the program exist: PALS Infant curriculum and PALS Toddler/Preschooler curriculum. PALS Infant curriculum targets children ages 5 to 15 months and their families. PALS Toddler/Preschooler curriculum targets children ages 18 months to 4 years and their families.

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Targeted Outcomes

PALS is designed to strengthen the attachment between parent and child and to stimulate early language, cognitive, and social development.

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Program Model Components

PALS includes one-on-one home visits between a trained parent coach and a parent.

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Program Model Intensity and Length

PALS Infant curriculum consists of 11 weekly sessions. PALS Toddler/Preschooler curriculum consists of 14 weekly sessions. Sessions last about 90 minutes.

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Location

PALS has been implemented in 19 states and the District of Columbia: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.

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Adaptations and Enhancements

PALS has been adapted for online delivery. Parents complete a 30-minute online PALS session consisting of video of real parents and children interacting, voice-overs that explain PALS concepts, and multiple choice questions for parents to check their knowledge. After completing the online session, parents record themselves practicing PALS concepts with their children and upload the recording to a secure website. A PALS coach reviews the videos and provides feedback to parents through an audio-video or audio-only telephone call.

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Notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in May 2016. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Children’s Learning Institute on March 17, 2016. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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