Using Sandtrays with Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

6 Non-Contact Hours approved by DR. Robert Jason Grant APT Approved Provider #12-318 & IBCCES Training Partner #CE159432) No NBCC credits available for this course. | taught by Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

Course description

About This Training:
This is a non-contact online/home study training that focuses on implementing sandtray work with children and adolescents with autism.  

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 6 CE Hrs can be calculated as any combination of 6 toward special topics, 6 toward applicants’ choice, or any combination of these. 

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

Using sandtrays with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a rewarding and challenging process. Professionals must understand the special considerations and various nuances when working with children with ASD in the sandtray. This training explores how to use traditional sandtray therapy methodology, and unconventional methods to help children with ASD develop skills in relation to connection and engagement, regulation and sensory processing, and social functioning. Special considerations will be covered, sand alternatives will be explored, and research and limitations will be presented. Participants will learn several interventions that can be implemented with children with ASD and will engage in article reading, watching video clips, and completing experiential exercises. 

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the basic definition and setup of sandtray therapy. 

2) Define what typically works and does not work for children with autism when using sandtrays.

3) Identify the AutPlay® Therapy limit setting model when using sandtray work with children with autism. 

4) Describe special considerations when attempting sandtray work with children with autism.  

5) List at least two engagement and connection interventions using the sandtray. 

6) List at least two social skill interventions using the sandtray.

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

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is a licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist. He owns and operates the Robert Jason Grant Ed.D AutPlay Therapy Clinic.

Dr. Grant specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. 

He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an ASD and neurodevelopmental disorders therapy incorporating play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy provider and trained in many established ASD treatment approaches. Dr. Grant is also 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 best-selling books:

Dr. Grant is a founding board member for the non-profit organization Stars for Autism. He is a current board member 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). You may contact Dr. Grant to schedule an appointment or inquire about scheduling him to speak at your support group, workshop, or seminar. Feel free to connect with him via his Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. If you have questions for Dr. Grant you may email him at

APT credits available as listed in the course description are provided by Dr. Robert Jason Grant, EdD., LPC, RPT-S, ACAS, approved provider 12-318. Play Therapy Credit is available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. 

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is also a Certified Training Partner for the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Please contact Dr. Grant at to request further information. 

Technical support for this course is provided by Jennifer Taylor of Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Service, LLC.