The Autism Friendly Play Therapist

6 Credit Hours approved by DR. Robert Jason Grant APT Approved Provider #12-318 & IBCCES Training Partner #CE159432). | taught by Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

Course description

This training counts for 6 hours of the 25 hours required in the special populations category and/or 15 hours required in the applicant’s choice category.

This training is adapted from the Stars for Autism award winning Autism Friendly Training and focuses on helping play therapists and other mental health professionals understand what autism is and how to interact with those on the autism spectrum. This training promotes awareness of the social, sensory, and environmental barriers which affect individuals who have autism. Participants will learn how play is affected and play strengths and deficits common with autism. Participants will also learn how to set up an autism friendly play therapy room, how to understand and address behavior in the playroom, and issues to consider when implementing play therapy theories with children with autism. Participants will also learn the AutPlay protocol for conducting an autism screening. This training is perfect for play therapists and other mental health professionals who are beginning to work with children with autism and needing to gain valuable information for communicating, interacting, and providing mental health care to children with autism.

Note: This training uses a PowerPoint as a guide to completing the training. Participants will be asked to watch video clips, complete readings, and complete experiential exercises. Participants will need access to YouTube to complete the training. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define how social and communication issues common with autism affect the play therapy experience. 

  2. Explain typical manifestations of autism and what to expect when providing play therapy with children with autism. 

  3. Define how to complete a play therapy autism screening process. 

  4. Explain how to use toys and materials in the playroom to best work with children with autism.

  5. Describe how to establish a sensory friendly playroom. 

  6. Explain strategies for managing autism related behavior in play therapy sessions.

Robert  Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS
Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is a licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist. He owns and operates the Robert Jason Grant Ed.D AutPlay Therapy Clinic.

Dr. Grant specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. 

He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an ASD and neurodevelopmental disorders therapy incorporating play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy provider and trained in many established ASD treatment approaches. Dr. Grant is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma related therapy for children and adults. 

Dr. Grant is an international speaker and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. He is a multi-published author of several articles, book chapters, and books including the following best-selling books:

Dr. Grant is a founding board member for the non-profit organization Stars for Autism. He is a current board member for the Association for Play Therapy. He is also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). You may contact Dr. Grant to schedule an appointment or inquire about scheduling him to speak at your support group, workshop, or seminar. Feel free to connect with him via his FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn accounts. If you have questions for Dr. Grant you may email him at