Course Description

Neurodiversity Affirming Play Therapy 

This training is a 2.5 hour recorded webinar focused on being neurodiversity affirming in play therapy.     

It is expected that you will complete (watch) the whole webinar and not skip over any parts of this training. There is a post exam at the end of the webinar. 

If you are counting this training toward the 150 hours to become an RPT or RPT-S, the 1.5 hours can be calculated as any combination of 2.5 toward special topics, 2.5 toward applicants’ choice.  

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

This recorded webinar explores the concepts and philosophy of being neurodiversity affirming within a play therapy framework. The term neurodiversity is examined along with neurodiversity principles. How play therapy theoreis can be neurodiversity affirming is covered along with creating neurodiversity affirming playrooms and implementing neurodiversity affirming play therapy techniques and interventions. 

Learning Objectives:
1) Define the term neurodiversity affirming and how it relates to play therapy work.
2) Describe at least three neurodiversity affirming play therapy interventions. 
3) Name 5 things that can help create a neurodiversity affirming play therapy room.


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

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist. He owns and operates the AutPlay Therapy clinic in Southwest, MO. Dr. Grant specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, including working with autistic children, neurodivergent children, and those diagnosed with ADHD and other developmental disabilities. He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy approach. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy and 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 titles: AutPlay® Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Play-Based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Understanding Sensory Processing Challenges, A Workbook for Children and Teens. Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder, A Workbook for Children and Teens. Understanding ADHD: A Workbook for Children and Teens. AutPlay® Therapy Play and Social Skills Groups: A Ten Session Model. Play Therapy Theories and Perspectives: Diversity of Thought in the Field. Dr. Grant is a founding board member for the non-profit organization Stars for Autism. He is currently serving on the board of directors (president elect) 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). Dr. Grant is also a Certified Behavioral Life Coach through the PeopleKeys® program and provides life coaching, consultations, and play therapy supervision services. He is also a Board Certified Telepractice Specialist providing therapy and coaching through tele processes.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Description & Learning Objectives

    • Training Refund Policy

    • Presenter - Cary M. Hamilton, MA.MFT, LMHC-S, NCC, CMHS, RPT-S, CDWF

    • Presenter - Laura Morlok, LCPC, RPT-S

    • Presenter - Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT

    • Presenter - Katie Bassiri, MA LPCC RPT-S ACAS

    • Presenter - Natascha Lawrence, MA, RCC, BCRPT

    • Presenter - Carmen Jimenez-Pride LCSW, LISW-CP, ERYT, RCYT, RPTS

    • Presenter - Kyle Calderon LMSW

    • Presenter - Emily Kircher-Morris, MA, MEd, LPC

    • Link to presenters websites

  • 2

    Course Materials

    • Neurodiversity Affirming Play Therapy Video

    • References

  • 3

    Finish Course and Get Certificate

    • Course Evaluation (Required)

    • Quiz (Required)

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