Course Description

About This Training:
This training is a self-paced 6 hour online/home study training focusing on understanding trauma issues with autistic children and adolescents and how to integrate AutPlay Therapy (a play therapy approach) and established trauma protocols to effectively assess and address trauma issues with autistic.  

A PDF PowerPoint is provided to follow as a guide for completing this training. 

It is expected that you will complete the whole training and not skip over any parts of this training. There is a post exam at the end of the training. You will need access to the internet to complete this training and you will be asked to watch video clips, read additional materials, and complete experiential activities. 

The Autplay Therapy Clinic – Robert Jason Gran Ed.D is solely responsible for the creation, content, and continuing education hours of each home study training. The AutPlay Therapy Clinic – Robert Jason Grant Ed.D utilizes Jen Taylor Play Therapy as a hosting site for home study and online trainings. Any technical issue such as not being able to login to a training should be directed to Jen Taylor Play Therapy  All governance issues related to any training should be directed to The AutPlay Therapy Clinic – Robert Jason Grant Ed.D.  If you have any questions, contact us at

This training will explore the unique manifestations of trauma in autistic children. How to use AutPlay Therapy (a play therapy approach) to address trauma issues and how to integrate and adapt other evidence-based trauma approaches for autistic children will be covered. Research related to trauma and autism and play therapy and trauma approaches will be highlighted. Trauma will be discussed from two perspectives: a traditional view of trauma impact and autism as a trauma response. Participants will also learn about and engage in experiential play therapy techniques to address trauma issues in autistic children.

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify the AutPlay Therapy three step process to help autistic children who are struggling with trauma issues. 
2) List at least two reasons play therapy is appropriate for addressing trauma. 
3) Describe at least three play therapy interventions that help autistic children develop regulation ability.
4) Define the five-paradigm process of autism as a trauma response
5) Identify how AutPlay Therapy integrates with established trauma protocols. 
6) List at least two play therapy interventions that help autistic children develop emotion identification and expression.

Continuing Education:
This training is approved for 6 CE Hrs for the below continuing education bodies. Upon completion of the training materials, training evaluation, and post exam (with a score of 80% or higher), the training certificate of completion will be issued to the participant. 

- Robert Jason Grant Ed.D APT Approved Provider #12-318 for continuing education. If you are counting this training toward the 150 hours to become an RPT or RPT-S, the 6 hours can be calculated as any combination of 6 toward special topics, 6 toward applicants’ choice.

- Robert Jason Grant Ed.D Certified Training Partner for IBCCES (International Board for Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) #CE159432.

- AutPlay Therapy Clinic has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6595. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AutPlay Therapy Clinic is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Instructor Robert Jason Grant, EdD, M.S., LPC, NCC, RPT-S

I hold a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership, Master’s Degree in Counseling, and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and families, primarily serving neurodivergent children (autism, ADHD, sensory differences, learning disorders, and developmental disabilities). I am the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy framework designed to help address the mental health needs of neurodivergent children and adolescents. I am also trauma informed and trained and utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I utilize several years of advanced training and my own lived neurodivergent experience to work with children and their families. I have infused my experience and love for education and mental health care to create training programs for professionals and caregivers. I am an international trainer and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. I am also a multi- published author of several articles, book chapters, and books including the following titles: The AutPlay® Therapy Handbook: Integrative Family Play Therapy with Neurodivergent Children Understanding Sensory Differences: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens Understanding Autism: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens Understanding ADHD: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens Implementing Play Therapy with Groups: Contemporary Issues in Practice Play Therapy Theories and Perspectives: Diversity of Thought in the Field In 2015, I was awarded Play Therapist of the Year by the Missouri Association for Play Therapy. In 2017, I was presented with the APT Service Award by the National Association for Play Therapy. I am currently serving on the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy. I am also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). For speaking, training, and consultation inquires, you may contact me at (417)-755-9042 for more information. You may also email me at

Course curriculum

    1. Autism and Trauma: AutPlay Therapy and Beyond Powerpoint (Updated)

    2. Video 1: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

    3. Video 2: Autism and Trauma Five Considerations

    4. Video 3: Step Two Techniques

    5. Video 4: An Integrative Approach for Addressing Trauma

    6. Video 5: Case Examples

    7. Article: Playful Strategies to Eliminate Shame within Traumatized Children

    8. Article: Play Therapy and EMDR a Conversation

    9. Article: The Effects of Psychological Trauma on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders a Research Review

    10. References

    1. Course Evaluation (Required)

    2. Quiz (Required)

About this course

  • $85.00
  • 13 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

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