Autism Friendly Training

** No APT or NBCC Credit Is Available** 4 Credit Hours approved by DR. Robert Jason Grant (IBCCES Training Partner #CE159432). | 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, work with, and interact with those with autism.   

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 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. 

Continuing education hours: 4 CE Hrs. approved by IBCCES (Certified Autism Specialist and Autism Certificate)

If you have any questions while completing the training, you may contact Jen Taylor or Robert Jason Grant


The Autism Friendly Training Program was created by the nonprofit group Stars for Autism. The online autism friendly training is a 4-hour training which allows attendees to understand what autism is and how to interact with, serve, and work with those on the autism spectrum. This training promotes awareness of the communication, social, sensory, and behavioral barriers which affect individuals who have autism. Educators, case managers, government employees, medical professionals, first responders, service workers, and professionals across a variety of settings, gain valuable information for working with, serving, and interacting with individuals with autism. This training includes PowerPoint, video clips, and experiential exercises. Participants will need access to the internet (YouTube), paper, and a pencil to complete the online training. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe autism spectrum disorder and list several characteristics of those who have autism.

  2. Participants will be able to define the communication, social, behavioral, and sensory issues faced by those with autism.

  3. Participants will be able to discuss how individuals with autism typically interact and respond in social situations.  

  4. Participants will be able to list several ways to be more effective in communicating and interacting with those with autism.

Recommended Reading:

Barboa, L., & Luck, J. (2016). Autism friendly: Stars for autism training manual. Nixa, MO: KIP Educational Materials. 

Barboa, L., & Luck, J. (2017). The nuts and bolts of autism: Just the facts. Nixa, MO: KIP Educational Materials. 

Grant, R. J. (2018). Understanding autism spectrum disorder: A workbook for children and teens. Springfield, MO: AutPlay Publishing. 

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

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 to request further information. 

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