The Autism Friendly Play Therapist

6 Non-Contact Hours approved by DR. Robert Jason Grant APT Approved Provider #12-318 & IBCCES Training Partner #CE159432). No NBCC credits available for this course. | taught by Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

Course description

About This Training
This is a non-contact online/home study training that focuses on learning how to better serve clients with autism primarily through a play therapy process.  

You will need internet access to complete this training. 

You will be asked to read through the PowerPoint (this is your training guide), you will also be asked to read articles/readings, watch video clips, and complete experiential activities. 

It’s expected that you will complete all the exercises and not skip over any parts of this training. Many of the exercises are referenced on the post exam at the end of the training. 

If you are counting this training toward the 150 hours to become an RPT or RPT-S, the 6 CE Hrs can be calculated as 6 toward special topics, 6 toward applicants’ choice, or any combination of these.  

If you have any questions while completing the training, you may contact Jen Taylor info@jentaylorplaytherapy.com or Robert Jason Grant info@autplaytherapy.com.

Description
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® Therapy 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.

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
Instructor

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 Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. If you have questions for Dr. Grant you may email him at drgrant@robertjasongrant.com.

APT credits available as listed in the course description are provided by Dr. Robert Jason Grant, EdD., LPC, RPT-S, ACAS, approved provider 12-318. Play Therapy Credit is available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. 

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is also a Certified Training Partner for the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Please contact Dr. Grant at drgrant@robertjasongrant.com. to request further information. 

Technical support for this course is provided by Jennifer Taylor of Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Service, LLC.