Course Description

About This Training:
Participants must purchase the book – Understanding Sensory Processing Challenges: A Workbook 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 challenges 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. 

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. 

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:
This training explores using play therapy approaches and interventions to address sensory processing challenges. An overview of sensory processing challenges 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 issues. The concept of a sensory play diet will be defined and explored. Several play therapy inventions designed to help with sensory issues 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 Processing Challenges: A Workbook for Children and Teens by Robert Jason Grant. 

 

Learning Objectives:
1) Define what is meant by sensory processing issues and how these issues can present in play therapy sessions.
2) Identify several play therapy interventions that can be used to address sensory processing challenges.
3) Describe the eight sensory processing areas, causes of sensory challenges, and screening processes.
4) Outline a sensory play therapy diet to help children with sensory struggles.
5) Identify how to make their play therapy room and offices sensory friendly.
6) Conceptualize the foundations of using play therapy with sensory challenges.
7) Define hyper and hypo responses in regard to sensory processing.
8) Explain research related to play, play therapy, and sensory processing.


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