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Day 1

Title: AutPlay Therapy for Children and Families Affected by Autism and Related Conditions.

This training presents an introduction to the AutPlay® Therapy treatment approach, a Play Therapy and Behavioral Therapy approach to working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorders, and other developmental disabilities. The phases of treatment, primary and secondary target goals, and parent training and involvement will be covered. Several play therapy interventions designed for children with ASD will also be presented through experiential participation, session clips, and case examples.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the components of AutPlay Therapy including the phases of treatment and parent/family involvement.
  2. Learn about the theoretical underpinnings of AutPlay Therapy including play therapy models and behavioral therapy.
  3. Demonstrate the assessment process in AutPlay Therapy, including conducting an autism screening.
  4. Understand play deficits and how to structure effective play therapy interventions for children with ASD.
  5. Understand the three primary and three secondary target treatment areas in AutPlay Therapy.
  6. Experience and learn several play therapy interventions used in AutPlay Therapy.

Day 2

Title: Play Therapy Interventions for Autism, ADHD, and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Come explore how play therapy can be a viable and effective treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders! This training will focus on learning play therapy approaches and interventions that address the core struggle areas of children with autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders which include: social skill deficits, emotional regulation challenges, relationship development issues, concentration and focus issues, and anxiety struggles. Evidence supported play therapy approaches, assessment procedures, guidelines for implementing play therapy interventions, and several structured play therapy techniques will be highlighted. Several modalities including experiential participation, video examples, lecture, and case study illustrations will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to use play therapy approaches to treat neurodevelopmental disorder including autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.
  2. Understand evidence supported play therapy practices for working with children and adolescents affected by neurodevelopmental disorders.
  3. Participate in and learn several structured play therapy interventions for children and adolescents affected by neurodevelopmental disorders.
  4. Explore special considerations in implementing play therapy approaches with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. 
  5. Explore assessment tools & materials to use in play therapy with children and adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental issues.
  6. Understand how to successfully structure sessions and design play therapy interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

** We have an exciting opportunity for you to become Autplay CERTIFIED after the conference.  All participants who attend Day 1 of the 2019 conference are eligible for this opportunity.  

To obtain AutPlay certification, you will be required to:

  1. Purchase the AutPlay book (link to be provided)
  2. Purchase the online course: Autplay Day 2, watch the videos and take the competency exam
  3. Send your Day 2 certificate to Dr. Grant along with some other required forms and then you will receive your AutPlay certification!

The details and links will be available after the conference and can be completed any time. You can not complete this material in advance of attending Day 1.

HAPT 2019 Annual Conference

Non-Member Registration

Pagoda Hotel
1525 Rycroft St, Honolulu, HI 96814

Presented by:

Robert Jason Grant, Ed.D, LPC, RPT-S, CAS


Continuing Education

 This program is co-sponsored by the Hawaii Association for Play Therapy and  The Institute for Continuing Education.   The Conference offers a total of  12.00 contact hours ( 6.00 hrs. per day).

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Hawaii Association