The AutPlay® Therapy Handbook provides a thorough explanation and understanding of AutPlay® Therapy (an integrative family play therapy framework) and details how to effectively implement AutPlay® Therapy for addressing the mental health needs of autistic and neurodivergent children and their families.
This handbook guides the mental health therapist working with children and adolescents through their natural language of play. Opening with an extensive review of the neurodiversity paradigm and ableism, the chapters cover AutPlay® Therapy protocol, phases of therapy, assessment strategies, and common need areas along with understanding neurodiversity affirming processes. Additional chapters highlight the therapeutic powers of play, integrative play therapy approaches, understanding co-occurring conditions, working with high support needs, and using AutPlay® Therapy to address regulation, sensory, social/emotional, and other mental health concerns that neurodivergent children may be experiencing.
The handbook serves as a thorough guide for play therapists, child therapists, and family therapists who work with neurodivergent children and their families.
Table of Contents:
1. Neurodiversity, Ableism, & Being Neurodiversity Affirming 2. The Neurodivergent Child 3. Neurodivergent Mental Health Needs 4. Neurodivergent Play 5. Play Therapy and The Therapeutic Powers of Play 6. An Integrative Play Therapy Approach 7. The AutPlay® Therapy Process 8. The AutPlay® Therapist 9. Phases of AutPlay® Therapy and Therapy Goals 10. Parent and Family Involvement 11. The AutPlay® Therapy Follow Me Approach (FMA) 12. The AutPlay® Therapy Follow Me Approach (FMA) with Parents 13. The AutPlay® Therapy Follow Me Approach (FMA) Case Examples 14. Social Navigation Interventions 15. Emotion Identification and Expression Interventions 16. Connection (Relationship Development) Interventions 17. Anxiety Reduction, Sensory Integration, and Regulation Interventions
About the Author:
Dr. Robert Jason Grant is a licensed professional counselor, national board certified counselor, and registered play therapist-supervisor based in Missouri, USA.