Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital has been a leader in providing autism services to the Toledo Area. In 2004, Mercy Health's Pediatric Clinic Therapists started CHIP (Clinic Home Intensive Program) in response to community need for a comprehensive and intensive program for preschool children with autism. Since then, Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital Autism Services has grown to include a comprehensive list of programs.

Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital Autism Services provides services to children from birth through the age of 12. The program is led by Medical Director Dr. Richard Solomon, a renowned expert, author, and international speaker on autism.

The program emphasizes evidence-based autism intervention. We are the only program in the Northwest Ohio Region that utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis, Occupational therapy, Speech Therapy, as well as the P.L.A.Y. Project as core concepts of the program.

Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital Autism Services focuses on:
Sensory Needs
Academic Skills
Play Skills
Developmentally appropriate skill acquisition

Our team of experts include

  • Certified Special Educators
  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • Autism Instructors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Intervention/Education Specialist

Services We Provide:

Diagnostic Clinic

Hosted once a month by Medical Director Dr. Richard Solomon.  Call 419-794-7259 to schedule an evaluation.

Autism Services 

Research has clearly established that early intensive intervention is a critical factor in an effective treatment program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  In recognition of the value of early intensive intervention, Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital Autism Services has developed a comprehensive treatment program dedicated to servicing children with ASD as young as two years old.  We are the only multidisciplinary intensive therapeutic program for preschool children in Northwest Ohio.  We incorporate clinical treatment approaches with home based consultation, meeting the National Academy of Sciences Recommendations for Effective Interventions of Children with ASD (2001).

Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital Autism Services is designed to meet the individual needs of children with communication, social, sensory and adaptive needs characterized by ASD using a comprehensive approach derived from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

We address the needs of children with ASD in a highly structured and nurturing environment.  After an initial evaluation and assessment, your child’s program may include:

  • Intensive 1:1 ABA therapy
  • P.L.A.Y. Project
  • Small group instruction
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Skill Group

The multidisciplinary team at Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital Autism Services will work together to help each child acquire the language, social, physical and academic skills necessary to successfully transition to the least restrictive preschool or school age program.

In addition to the direct services for children with ASD mentioned above, we also provide:

  • Initial consultation and evaluation services
  • Parent training
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • School  Consultation Services

P.L.A.Y. Project
(Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters)
The P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consulting Program provides training and support for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Services are provided in the home. Trained consultants teach parents techniques that are effective, fun, and useful in day-to-day interactions with their child with autism. 

The P.L.A.Y. Project was created by Dr. Richard Solomon in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This program is practical application of the DIR / Floor time model of Stanley Greenspan MD, a nationally respected child psychiatrist. The P.L.A.Y. Project has been piloted with over 500 families in sites all over the Midwest and is currently offered by more than 40 agencies, schools, and hospitals located in 17 states. The Consultants have degrees in various fields relevant to ASD such as Speech, OT, Psychology, Social Work, or Special Education, and receive intensive training by Dr. Solomon and his supervisory staff in the DIR/P.L.A.Y. Project model, prior to working with families. The Home Consultants will provide 3-hour visits monthly for each family. These visits are designed to teach parents how to provide intensive, one-on-one, play-based services to their young children with autism. 

Cost of P.L.A.Y. Project
Ohio children between the ages of 3 and 5 with a diagnosis of ASD, may qualify for the Ohio Autism Scholarship. Those children that do not qualify for the scholarship may work out a payment plan with the Autism Clinic, and a list of grants are available for the parents to apply for assistance with the cost of the program. 

To receive additional information about the P.L.A.Y. Project and Home Consulting Programs, please visit To schedule a P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultation, please call 419-794-7259.
Contact Us:

Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital Autism Services
3521 Briarfield Blvd.
Maumee, Ohio 43537
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: hours vary