Course Description

About This Training

This is a non-contact online/home study training that focuses on learning about the neurodiversity paradigm and how to be informed and affirming in implementing play therapy with neurodivergent clients.  

Recommended book reading  – Understanding Autism: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens by Robert Jason Grant.

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. 

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 home study course will introduce participants to the neurodiversity paradigm in application. Concepts such as neurodiversity and implementing neurodiversity affirming practices in play therapy will be explained. An understanding of how to work with and affirm neurodivergent clients such as autistic, ADHD, SPD, and learning disorders will be presented. How play therapy approaches, playrooms, and interventions can be affirming will be covered. Topics such as ableism, making, the double empathy problem, behavior, communication, play preferences, and social navigation will be explained. Several neurodiversity affirming play therapy interventions will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the concepts of neurodiversity and neurodiversity affirming regarding play therapy work.

  2. Describe how play therapy theoreis/approaches can be neurodiversity affirming.  

  3. List at least 5 play therapy interventions that are considered neurodiversity affirming. 

  4. Understand how ableism can exist in play therapy work. 

  5. List ways to make an office and play therapy room affirming.

  6. Describe key terms related to neurodiversity and play therapy work.

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.

- 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.


Dr. Robert Jason Grant

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. The Neurodiversity Paradigm and the Child and Play Therapist

    2. A Look at Ableism and Play Therapy

    3. Being Neurodiversity Affirming - Presentation, Approach, Playroom, and Office

    4. Practice Your Strengths Case Example

    1. Copy of Course Evaluation (Required)

    2. Quiz

About this course

  • $85.00
  • 7 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content