Neurodivergent children represent a unique and large part of young clients in play therapy—Autistic, ADHD, learning differences, sensory differences—yet their needs continue to be misunderstood and neglected.
You may unintentionally implement play therapy approaches that can be harmful whereby promoting masking, ableism, and internalized negative self-worth.
As a therapist, being confident that you’re affirming and effective in your play therapy work is essential!
It’s time to embrace and support the diversity of neurological differences!
Watch Dr. Robert Grant, expert in working with neurodivergent kids, as he shows you how to celebrate the unique ways in which individual brains function. You’ll learn how to create a safe play therapy environment through interventions, reflective exercises, and case examples for neurodivergent children to explore, heal, and grow!
Play the neurodivergent way, shows you step by step how to implement non ableist and neurodiversity affirming play therapy by:
Therapists will gain confidence in applying neurodiversity affirming play therapy to help neurodivergent young clients obtain self-acceptance, self-expression, strengths recognition, advocacy, and personal growth.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind chance to confidently support your neurodivergent kids!
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Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, NCC, RPT-S, is a licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor, registered play therapist supervisor, and certified autism specialist. He owns and operates the AutPlay Therapy mental health clinic and specializes in working with children, adolescents, families, and adults primarily serving neurodivergent individuals (autism, ADHD, sensory differences, learning disorders, and developmental disabilities). Dr. Grant is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy framework designed to help address the mental health needs of neurodivergent children and adolescents. He is also trauma informed and trained and utilizes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Dr. Grant is a supervisor, consultant, and life coach and utilizes several years of advanced training and his own lived Neurodivergent experience to provide affirming services to children and their families. He has infused his experience and love for education and mental health care to create training programs for professionals and care fivers. He is an international trainer and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. Dr. Grant is also a multi-published author of several articles, book chapters, and books.
In 2015, he was awarded Play Therapist of the Year by the Missouri Association for Play Therapy. In 2017, he was presented with the APT Service Award by the National Association for Play Therapy. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy and is a board member for the Digital Play Therapy Program. He is also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU).
Financial: Robert Grant is the owner of AutPlay Therapy Clinic. He receives royalties as a published author. Robert Grant receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Robert Grant is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors, the Association American Counseling, the Association of Missouri American Mental Health Counselors, and the Association of Missouri Association for Play Therapy.
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What Neurodivergent Children Need from Play Therapy
Intake and First Contact
Check Your “Internalized” Ableist Beliefs at the Door
Play Therapy Pragmatics
Setting Up a Sensory Affirming Environment
Affirming the Therapeutic Process
Don’t Get Stuck in Non-Affirming Processes
Fluid Approach to Play Therapy
Implementation and the Flexible, Adjustable Pivot
Graduating out of Therapy
Considerations for Saying Goodbye
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