AutPlay Therapy

AutPlay® Therapy was created by Dr. Robert Jason Grant and is a play and behavioral therapy approach to working with children and families affected by autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dysregulation issues, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It integrates therapeutic models of play therapy and behavioral therapy along with relationship development approaches together in a collaborative model to assist children and adolescents in gaining needed skills and abilities. We combine CCPT with Autplay so children are able to get the most out of their weekly session.

AutPlay Therapy has Shown Effective Treatment Outcomes for the Following Areas:

  1. Increasing Emotional Regulation Ability

  2. Improving Social Skills and Functioning

  3. Improving Relationship Development and Connection

  4. Reducing Anxiety Levels

  5. Improving Sensory Processing Challenges

  6. Increasing Concentration, Focus, and Attention

  7. Reducing Unwanted Behaviors

  8. Improving the Parent/Child Relationship

AutPlay Therapy incorporates a combination of structured play therapy interventions, behavioral approaches, and relationship development  to improve skill deficits in the areas of emotional regulation, social functioning, and relationship connection. When children can learn to self regulate, possess social skills that relate to the environments they are asked to function in, and learn appropriate and meaningful relationship connection, they are less likely to have behavioral issues and more likely to function in their day-to-day environment successfully.

AutPlay Therapy is an integrative family play therapy approach incorporating a parent training component which values parents as co-change agents and teaches parents how to implement structured play times and structured play therapy interventions at home. Parents learn the procedures and techniques and are shown how to implement interventions at home to increase skill and ability levels in their child.


AutPlay Therapy involves both the child and the parent in the therapeutic process and uses a play therapy base that is not only a natural language of the child but enables the parent to be involved with their child in a way that teaches skills and increases abilities within a positive and connecting process.

AutPlay Therapy provides a screening and assessment process to evaluate where a child’s level is at in terms of basic functioning and skill development in emotional regulation, social functioning and relationship development. This procedure allows the therapist to direct specific play therapy interventions to address each individual child’s skill deficits. AutPlay Therapy is appropriate for children and adolescents with an autism disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dysregulation issues, neurodevelopmental disorders, and developmental disabilities from severe to mild impairment. AutPlay is appropriate for children ages 3-18.

There are many nervous system, sensory, dysregulation, and metabolic neurodevelopmental disorders that exist. Many neurodevelopmental disorders have no cure, but there are ways to treat the symptoms that present with neurodevelopmental disorders. AutPlay Therapy has been successful in improving AutPlay target areas in children and adolescents with many neurodevelopmental and dysregulation issues including:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Fragile X Syndrome

  • Sensory Processing Challenges

  • Intellectual Developmental Disorder

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder

  • Tourette Syndrome

  • Learning Disorders

  • Social Disorders

  • impulsive Disorders

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