Autism Collective for Peer Socialization, Play & Imagination*

Integrated Play Groups® Training, Research, and Global Outreach



IPG Model

Research & Development

Integrated Play Groups® is a research validated model. Over the years, we have been actively engaged in collaborative research with universities, government organizations and NGO's around the world. A list of published studies may be found on our Publications page. The following includes key citations and highlights of our collaborative projects.

These sources cite the IPG Model among established evidence-based practices for children across the autism spectrum:

Wong, C., Odom, S. L., Hume, K. A., Cox, C. W., Fettig, A., Kurcharczyk, S., et al. (2015). Evidence-based practices for children, youth, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder: A comprehensive review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2351-z (see also, National Professional Development Center on ASD)

Reichow B, Volkmar F.R.  (2010) Social skills interventions for individuals with autism: evaluation for evidence-based practices within a best evidence synthesis framework. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder,,40(2): 149-166. 

National Autism Center (2009). National Standards Project - Addressing the Need for Evidence-based Practice Guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorders. National Autism Center Report.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2006). Guidelines for Speech-Language Pathologists in Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Life Span

Iovannone, R. Dunlop, G, Huber, H. & Kincaid, D. (2003). Effective educational practices for students with ASD. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 18 (3), 150–165.

DiSalvo, C. A., & Oswald, D. P. (2002). Peer-mediated interventions to increase the social interaction of children with autism: Consideration of peer expectancies. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 17, 198–207.

Launching 2018!
Project ALLIES - A
utism Language and Learning in Inclusive Educational Settings
Interdisciplinary Preparation of Highly Qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and Special Educators to Support Diverse Students on the Autism Spectrum with Significant Social-Communication Needs (2018 - 2022) Personnel Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention and Related Services (CFDA 84.325K) U.S. Department of Education (OSERS)
Co-Project Directors: Pamela Wolfberg and Betty Yu, San Francisco State University
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Integrated Play Groups: Promoting Symbolic Play, Social Engagement and Communication in Children with Autism Across Settings with Typical Peers
Autism Speaks Treatment Award (clinical research) Grant (2008 – 2012)
PI, Pamela Wolfberg, SFSU; Co-PI, Elliot Turiel, UC Berkeley; Research Coordinator, Mila DeWitt, SFSU-UCB with contributions from Kristen Bottema, Vanderbilt University; Gregory Young, MIND Institute, UC, Davis; Thanh Nguyen, University of Washington and many wonderful graduate students and colleague.

See the outcomes of this peer-reviewed large-scale study in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
2015 JADD article in print - click here
Autism Speaks news story - click here
SF State news story - click here

Project Common Ground: Preparing Highly Qualified Speech-Language Pathologists to Meet the Communication Needs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Diverse Settings (2011-2016)
Personnel Preparation Grant in Special Education, Early Intervention and Related Services, U.S. Department of Education, OSERS
Project Director, Betty Yu, Co-Director, Pamela Wolfberg, San Francisco State University
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Integrated Play and Drama Groups for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum (2009 - 2012)
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Transcooperative Research Project (Matching Funds from the Flora Family and Mendelson Family Foundations), University of Rostock, Germany with San Francisco State University
Co-Principal Investigators Henri Julius, University of Rostock, GERMANY and Pamela Wolfberg, San Francisco State University with researchers Ina Jahnke, David Neufeld and Thanh Nguyen with research assistance from other wonderful graduate students.
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Project Mosaic: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators to Meet the Unique Needs of Students with Autism in Diverse Settings (2006 – 2011)
Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Combined Priority for Personnel Preparation (CFDA 84.325K) U.S. Department of Education, OSERS  (Contract #H325K060211
Project Director, Pamela Wolfberg with project coordination and assistance from Cristina Blanco, Kristen Bottema, Jamie Chen, Sunaina Nedungadi, Scott Rich and other wonderful graduate students and colleagues.
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School-Based Curriculum Project (2004-present)
SFSU in partnership with schools, agencies and related organizations
Technical assistance to educators, therapists and families to support children on the autism spectrum in school, home and community settings.
Principal Investigator, Pamela Wolfberg

Exploring Social and Imaginary Play Worlds Constructed by Children on the Autism Spectrum with Typical Peers in Integrated Play Groups (2005)
SFSU Summer Stipend Award in Support of Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity, Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, SFSUConstructing multi-media presentations using archival videotape footage for purposes of training and curriculum development
Principal Investigator, Pamela Wolfberg

Creating a Digital Video Archive to Enhance Research and Practice to Support Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Peer Relations and Play (2003-2004)
SFSU Mini-Grant Award in Support of Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity, Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Developmen
Principal Investigator, Pamela Wolfberg

Integrated Play Groups Project: Innovations in Special Education (1989-1992)
Model research and demonstration project, U.S. Department of Education, OSERS (Contract #HO86D90016)
Co-Project Directors, Adriana Schuler and Pamela Wolfberg with assistance from Therese O'Connor

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