Play and Learning Strategies (PALS) I & II
A Responsive Parenting Program for Parents of Infants and Toddlers

Susan H. Landry, PhD & Karen E. Smith, PhD

Program Summary
The Play and Learning Strategies (PALS) program is a home visiting intervention for parents of infants and toddlers that target aspects of a responsive parenting style shown to enhance children's cognitive and social development. The goal of the PALS program is to teach parents responsive parenting skills to support their child's social-emotional, cognitive, and language development. The parent learns specific behaviors that help her tune into her child, respond in a sensitive and contingent manner, provide appropriate cognitive and language stimulation, and manage behavior and discipline in a positive, developmentally appropriate manner.

The PALS program consists of two separate curricula: the PALS I Infant curriculum and the PALS II Toddler curriculum. Family coaches deliver the intervention by visiting families on a weekly basis over the course of three months. Each session includes a discussion of the parent's practice during the preceding week; introduction of the new topic; viewing of educational videos demonstrating the skill; guided, videotaped practice using the skill with her own child; review of the videotaped practice; and planning for practice during the upcoming week.
 
Target Population
General population
Infants and toddlers subjected to risk factors during pregnancy or birth
 
 

Evaluation Summary
The study results indicate that facilitation of warm sensitivity behaviors among mothers occurred best with the PALS I intervention, while cognitively responsive behaviors were best supported with the PALS II intervention. Facilitation of behaviors that required responsiveness to the child's changing signals (i.e. contingent responsiveness and redirecting) required participation in both the PALS I and the PALS II interventions.

Staffing Requirement/Training
Trained family coaches deliver the PALS program. Family coaches receive training on coaching skills, how to implement each program session, and how to use the curriculum in a flexible manner in order to meet parents' learning needs. The University of Texas Health Science Center's Children's Learning Institute offers training and certification for the PALS program. For further information on PALS training, please visit their web site at: https://www.childrenslearninginstitute.org/programs/ play-and-learning-strategies-pals/

Purchasers of PALS program packages must provide evidence of registration for training provided by the Children's Learning Institute. Materials will not be shipped until evidence of registration is provided. Call 650-949-3282 or email socio@socio.com for additional information.

Infant and/or Child Developmental Outcomes
Cognition
Language
Social/Emotional
 
Program Core Components
Home visits
Parent involvement/enriched care giving
 
Curriculum Used
Home visits
Parent involvement/enriched care giving
 
Delivery
Home-based


Direct Participants
Child and parent together
 

Child's Age at Program Start
6 to 8 months for PALS I
24 to 28 months for PALS II

Duration
Up to 3 months


The PALS I Program Package includes:

  • Play and Learning Strategies (PALS) I Program Summary. Provides a general overview of the program and how the program has demonstrated positive impacts on child developmental outcomes.
  • PALS I Infant Curriculum (English- & Spanish-Language Versions) . Manual used by family coaches that provides detailed instructions on how to conduct each of the home visiting sessions during the infant phase of the intervention.
  • PALS I Infant Series DVD (English-Language and Spanish-Language Versions) . This DVD features videos of mother-infant child interactions that are viewed and discussed with parents during each home visiting session.
  • Early Intervention Evidence-Based Practice Resource Guide. This USB drive features an interactive, easy-to-use tool that consists of practical tips and resources designed to assist professionals and organizations to select, adopt, and implement early intervention evidence-based practices to successfully promote child development and well-being.
  • Telephone technical support on implementation for 1 year
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The PALS II Program Package includes:

  • Play and Learning Strategies (PALS) II Program Summary. Provides a general overview of the program and how the program has demonstrated positive impacts on child developmental outcomes.
  • 2) PALS II Toddler Curriculum (English- & Spanish-Language Versions). Manual used by family coaches that provides detailed instructions on how to conduct each of the home visiting sessions during the toddler phase of the intervention.
  • PALS II Toddler Series DVD (English-Language and Spanish-Language Versions. This DVD features videos of mother-infant child interactions that are viewed and discussed with parents during each home visiting session.
  • Getting Children Ready for Reading DVD (English-Language Version Only). This DVD features videos of parent-child shared book reading interactions that are viewed and discussed with parents during the toddler phase of the intervention.
  • Early Intervention Evidence-Based Practice Resource Guide. This USB drive features an interactive, easy-to-use tool that consists of practical tips and resources designed to assist professionals and organizations to select, adopt, and implement early intervention evidence-based practices to successfully promote child development and well-being.
  • Telephone technical support on implementation for 1 year
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PALS Complete (English only)
   
PALS Complete English Only - Hardcopy Version of Program Package - Shipped
Price: $320.00
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PALS Complete (English with Spanish materials included)
   
PALS Complete English with Spanish Materials Included - Hardcopy Version of Program Package - Shipped
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Play and Learning Strategies I (English Only) Program Package
   
PALS I English Only. Hardcopy Version of Program Package - Shipped
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Play and Learning Strategies II (English Only) Program Package
   
PALS II English Only. Hardcopy Version of Program Package - Shipped
Price: $225.00
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Play and Learning Strategies II (English with Spanish Materials Included) Program Package
   
PALS II English with Spanish Materials Included. Hardcopy Version of Program Package - Shipped
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Play and Learning Strategies I (English with Spanish Materials) Program Package
   
PALS I English with Spanish Materials included. Hardcopy Version of Program Package - Shipped
Price: $295.00
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