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Play and Learning Strategies (PALS)

Yes (PALS Infant only)

Model Overview

Last Updated

May 2016


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.


Model Components

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


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.


Where to Find Out More

Ursula Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas Health Science Center’s Children’s Learning Institute
Phone: (713) 500-3767
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