Using AutPlay® In Play Therapy With Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders


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In this video interview, Dr. Robert Jason Grant explains the challenges of using traditional child-centered play therapy approaches with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 He provides an introduction to his AutPlay®Therapy approach which combines play therapy, behavioral therapies and relationship development approaches.  

Participants will understand the phases of Autplay® Therapy and get a practical resources for assessing play skill and for using social skills cards to introduce play therapy to new clients. 


1. Discuss the common stereotypes about the effectiveness of  play therapy with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and how these children may present differently in a play therapy environment. 

2. Describe the three stages of treatment in the AutPlay® model and how and when play therapy is utilized in this model. 

3. Utilize a social story to introduce AutPlay® and play therapy sessions to a child diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

4. Discuss the treatment planning process for length of services and termination services in the AutPlay® model.

SPEAKER BIO - Dr. Robert Jason Grant

Dr. Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Certified Autism Specialist. Dr. Grant completed his education from Missouri State University receiving a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Counseling. Dr. Grant further received his doctorate degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Grant is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, Missouri Association for Play Therapy, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Dr. Grant specializes in play therapy techniques with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Grant also specializes in working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Developmental Disabilities and is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an Autism treatment using Play Therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. Dr Grant is also trained in an offers EMDR therapy, a specialized training focused on helping clients dealing with PTSD and trauma related issues.

Dr. Grant has authored several publications and has written four books on the subjects of play therapy, Autism, and ADHD including the bestselling AutPlay Therapy handbook. He is a professional board member for Stars for Autism and is a contributing writer for the Missouri Autism Report. Dr. Grant conducts various presentations and workshops on topics such as play therapy and Autism. Dr. Grant has conducted trainings and workshops throughout the United States and has presented at various area and national conferences including the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and the Association for Play Therapy.


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 1 Hour Non-Contact Credit Is Available For This Course With The Purchase Of The All Access Pass

(All Access Pass Purchase Offer Comes Immediately After Summit Registration!)

20 Total Hours of Credit Available As Part of the All Access Pass.  See terms here. 

**Play Therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals**

Summit Founder and Hostess:  Jennifer Taylor, LCSW, RPT-S

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Jennifer has nearly 20 years experience working with children and families.  She is currently licensed in Florida, Tennessee, and Hawaii.  She is EMDR Trained and TF-CBT Certified.  

She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis and has presented at multiple national conferences.  Jennifer provides play therapy case consultation, supervision and training (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  

Oh, and she also has three children under the age of 4 and a pretty fantastic husband!