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NEFESH & NEXT CHAPTER Professional Development

Series: Play Therapy Techniques

Autism and Play Therapy:
ASD in the Playroom

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Heather Christensen, LCSW, RPT-S, LCADC

120 minutes

Learning Objectives:
  1. Distinguish between neurotypical play and atypical play
  2. Understand the complexity of social thinking in play therapy
  3. Identify three play-based therapies in play therapy
Resources for further study:

This webinar offers 2 APT CEs/NYS ED Self Study Creditss

Play therapy can be an effective intervention in working with children on the autism spectrum. A brief review of the recent ASD changes to the DSM and its impact to our clinical work will be discussed. Expanding one’s understandings of play variations in children with ASD, as well as enhancing one’s ability to identify those on the spectrum while evaluating their functioning, are goals of this webinar. Common treatment goals most often related to social thinking will be presented. ABA and sensory integration therapies will be reviewed. The focus of the webinar will center on play-based therapies including DIR Floor time, Replay, and Autplay. Many play-based tips, suggestions, and ideas will be offered to promote progressive play in the playroom.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Distinguish between neurotypical play and atypical play
  2. Understand the complexity of social thinking in play therapy
  3. Identify three play-based therapies in play therapy
Resources for further study:

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CEs are offered through:
  • Kids Inc. (APT Approved Provider 10-275) is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer Continuing education specific to play therapy
  • Nefesh International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board FOR Social WORK AS an approved provider of continuing education FOR licensed social workers #0048