Course Description

About This Training:
Participants must purchase the book – Understanding Sensory Differences: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens by Robert Jason Grant.  Book is sold separately and is not provided through this course. The book can be purchased on Amazon and other online retailers. 

This is a non-contact online/home study training that focuses on using play therapy approaches and interventions to address sensory processing differences in children and adolescents.  

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 [email protected].  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 [email protected].


This training explores using play therapy approaches and interventions to address sensory processing differences through neurodiversity affirming lens. The concept of neurodiversity will be covered including understanding the sensory different neurodivergent child. An overview of the sensory processing system will be covered along with descriptors of the eight sensory processing areas. The benefits of non-directive and structured play therapy will be covered as well as the foundations for using play therapy with sensory needs. The concept of a sensory regulation play time will be defined and explored. Several play therapy inventions designed to help with sensory needs will be explained and presented through book examples and session video clips. Current research will be presented, and participants will have the opportunity to understand how to create a sensory friendly play room. This training requires participants to purchase and read the book Understanding Sensory Differences: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens by Robert Jason Grant. 


Learning Objectives:
1) Define what is meant by sensory processing differences and how these differences can present in play therapy sessions.
2) Identify several play therapy interventions that can be used to address sensory needs.
3) Describe the eight sensory processing areas, screening processes, and implementing a neurodiversity affirming approach.
4) Outline a sensory regulation play time to help children with sensory and regulation needs.
5) Identify how to make a play therapy room and office spaces sensory friendly.
6) Conceptualize the foundations of using a neurodiversity affirming play therapy construct with sensory different children.
7) Define hyper and hypo responses in regard to sensory processing.
8) Explain research related to play, play therapy, and sensory processing.

Continuing Education:
This training is approved for 8 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 8 CE Hrs can be calculated as any combination of 8 toward special topics, 8 toward applicants’ choice, or any combination of these.

- 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.

Do You Have the Required Book For This Course?

Understanding Sensory Differences: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens

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 [email protected]

Course curriculum

    1. Using Play Therapy to Address Sensory Processing Challenges Powerpoint

    2. Charlie’s sensory diet

    3. References & Resources

    1. Attestation

    2. Course Evaluation (Required)

    3. Quiz (Required)

About this course

  • $120.00
  • 9 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content