Course Description

About This Training:
This training focuses on learning about and integrating story methods into play therapy when working with autistic and neurodivergent children.  

You will need internet access to complete this training. 

You will be asked to read through the PDF PowerPoint (this is your training guide), you will also be asked to read articles/readings, watch video clips, and complete experiential activities. 

It is 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 hours can be calculated as any combination of 6 toward special topics, or 6 toward applicants’ choice. 

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

Training Description:
This training focuses on learning about and integrating into play therapy, 6 different story-based methods used with autistic and neurodivergent children. Bibliotherapy, Social Stories, Social Scripts, Comic Strip Conversations, PrepChats, and ChoicesChats will be described and explored. Each story-based method will include examples and play therapy implementation. Additional story-based play therapy interventions will also be covered. This training will include case examples, video clips, and experiential activities. 

Training Learning Objectives:
1) Describe and integrate Social Scripts into play therapy work.
2) Describe and integrate PrepChats and ChoicesChats into play therapy work.
3) Identify how children can benefit from experiencing story-based methods in play therapy.  
4) List at least two play therapy interventions using story methods.
5) Understand how to include and train parents to implement various story-based methods.
6) Explain why a Social Story would be use in play therapy work. 


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

  • 2

    Course Materials

    • Utilizing Story Methods for Neurodivergent and Autistic Children An Integrative Play Therapy Approach Powerpoint

    • Introduction to Using Story Methods Video

    • Story Based Play Therapy Interventions Video

    • PrepChats and ChoicesChats Case Example Video

    • Play Therapy and Social Script Case Example Video

    • Comic Strips Conversation Booklet

    • Conversation Bubbles

    • ChoicesChats Guide and Template

    • Getting My Hair Cut

    • At Dinner Time

    • Going to Best Buy

    • Going To See A Play Therapist

    • Going To The Bath Room

    • Sleeping in my Bed

    • References

  • 3

    Finish Course and Get Certificate

    • Course Evaluation (Required)

    • Quiz (Required)

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