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About this Training:
This training focuses on understanding and using play therapy theories and approaches when working with autistic and neurodivergent children.  

You will need internet access to complete this training. 

You will be asked to purchase and read the book Play Based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities by Robert Jason Grant

You will also 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 8 hours can be calculated as any combination of 8 toward special topics, 8 toward applicants choice, and 2 of the 8 hours can be counted toward seminal or historically significant theories. 

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:
Interventions and approaches! If you are looking for play interventions to use with autistic and neurodivergent children, this is the training for you! This training focuses on play therapy approaches and techniques that work well when addressing mental health needs of autistic and neurodivergent children. A general overview of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders will be provided. How play therapy can be a viable therapy for autistic children is also reviewed. Special considerations in using play therapy and in creating directive techniques will be covered. Several directive play therapy interventions will be explained, special considerations when using play therapy with neurodevelopmental disorders will be presented, and strategies for developing play therapy interventions will be discussed. This training includes PowerPoint, video clips, and experiential exercises. The book Play Based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities by Robert Jason Grant is required to purchase and read while completing this training.


Learning Objectives:
1) Implement play therapy theories and approaches to address mental health needs of autistic and neurodivergent children and adolescents.
2) Identify evidence supported play therapy approaches for working with children and adolescents affected by neurodevelopmental disorders.
3) Describe several structured play therapy interventions that can be implemented with autistic and neurodivergent children and adolescents.
4) Describe special considerations when implementing play therapy approaches with autistic and neurodivergent children.
5) Explain how to design a play therapy intervention and playroom set up when implementing play therapy with autistic children.
6) Outline the most common neurodevelopmental disorders as defined by the DSM V.
7) Discuss parent involvement as an evidence based practice when working with autistic children.
8) Identify play therapy approaches that incorporate parents and family members as change agents.

Instructor

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

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