AutPlay Training

Join ChildServe for a unique training opportunity with Dr. Robert Jason Grant, the creator of AutPlay! The AutPlay Therapy protocol is an integrative family play therapy approach that emphasizes a neurodiversity-affirming and informed approach to working with children and adolescents with autism, ADHD, sensory differences, learning disorders and developmental disabilities and their families. AutPlay Therapy harnesses the therapeutic powers of play to help address mental health challenges for neurodivergent children and their families. This course is designed for Mental Health Therapists, Psychologists, BCBAs, Behavior Technicians, Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapists.


October 14 & 15, 2022 

Registration: 8 – 8:30 a.m. 

Training: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Training Center at ChildServe in Johnston: 5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa 50131. Enter our building through Entrance A.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time ChildServe Team Members – Free
  • Part-time ChildServe Team Members – $200
  • Per-diem ChildServe Team Members – $290
  • General Public – $400

Course Objectives: 

At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Explain neurodiversity and implement a neurodiversity-affirming approach.
2) Describe the components of AutPlay Therapy including conducting an AutPlay Therapy session, theoretical underpinnings, phases of therapy, assessment and screening instruments, and goal planning.
3) Describe common mental health goals addressed in AutPlay Therapy.
4) Identify several structured play therapy interventions to use for addressing goals.
5) Discuss how to involve parents and other family members as co-change agents (partners).
6) Describe the AutPlay model of dysregulation.
7) Identify play therapy interventions to address dysregulation issues.
8) Implement the AutPlay Follow Me Approach, designed for children with higher needs.
9) Describe how to work with parents in implementing AutPlay Follow Me play times at home.
10) Explain research and evidence-based practices in AutPlay Therapy.
11) Outline the theoretical underpinnings of AutPlay, including seminal play therapy theories and other integrated methods.
12) Identify at least 6 AutPlay interventions to increase experiential knowledge.  


Dr. Robert Jason Grant is a licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. He owns and operates the Robert Jason Grant Ed.D AutPlay Therapy Clinic.

Dr. Grant specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, including working with neurodivergent children (autism, ADHD, sensory differences, learning disorders, and 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:

Dr. Grant is a founding board member for the non-profit organization Stars for Autism. He is currently serving on the board of directors (chair) 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 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. You can read more about these specific services on the coaching and consultations page.


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of 5,200 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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