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Using Play Therapy to Address Sensory Processing in Children with Special Needs

August 26, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

$90 – $145

Come prepared to move, learn, PLAY and get in touch with your sensory processing self!

This workshop is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced play therapist, school counselor, teacher, social worker and anyone who works with children. Participants will gain knowledge of sensory processing challenges, how sensory processing challenges impact our clients in daily life. Diagnosis, evaluation and play therapy interventions will be addressed. Participants will learn techniques they can use with children immediately.


Dr. Robert Jason Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Certified Autism Specialist. Dr. Grant completed his education from Missouri State University receiving a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Counseling. Dr. Grant further received his doctorate degree in Education from the University of Missouri- Columbia. Dr. Grant is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, Missouri Association for Play Therapy, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Dr. Grant specializes in play therapy techniques with children, adolescents, adults and families. Dr. Grant also specializes in working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Developmental Disabilities and is the creator of AutPlay Therapy, an Autism treatment using Play Therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. Dr. Grant is also trained in and offers EMDR therapy, a specialized training focused on helping clients dealing with PTSD and trauma related issues.

Dr. Grant has authored several publications and has written four books on the subjects of play therapy, Autism, and ADHD including the bestselling AutPlay Therapy handbook. He is a professional board member for Stars for Autism and is a contributing writer for the Missouri Autism Report. Dr. Grant conducts various presentations and workshops throughout the United States and has presented at various area and national conferences including the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the Association for Play Therapy.

CEUs: 6


Early Bird Member (purchased before August 7th): $110

Early Bird Non Member (purchased before August 7th): $130

Student: $90 *with transcript

Member: $125

Non Member: $145

Limited seating available


  1. Participants will understand what is meant by sensory processing issues and how these issues can present in play therapy.
  2. Participants will participate in and learn about several play therapy interventions that can be used to address sensory processing challenges.
  3. Participants will learn about the 8 sensory processing areas, causes of sensory challenges, and evaluation processes.


8:30am-9am       Registration

9am-10:30am     Defining sensory processing challenges; Causes and manifestations

10:30am-10:45am    Break

10:45am-12pm   Play therapy session clip; Reviewing the 8 sensory areas

12pm-1pm            Lunch/board meeting- all are welcome to attend

1pm-2:30pm       Considerations with play therapy and sensory challenges; The sensory friendly playroom

2:30pm-2:45pm Break

2:45pm-4pm       Play therapy sensory interventions; Research overview of play therapy and sensory processing



Come prepared to move learn, PLAY and get in touch with your sensory processing self!

This training explores sensory processing challenges in children and adolescents, how these challenges manifest at home, in school, in public and have an impact on a child or adolescents daily functioning ability. Diagnosis, causes and evaluation processes of sensory challenges will be covered. Several play therapy interventions that can be used to help children improve sensory processing challenges will be presented. Case studies will be discussed and participants will view session demonstrations of play therapy interventions being implemented with children who struggle with sensory processing.


REFUNDS will be given for paid continuing education training cancelled by MAPT and for when MAPT relocates training to another region of the state. For attendees who cancel 48 hours prior to the start of the training, a MAPT CREDIT will be provided to attendees for the amount paid, and can be used at a future MAPT training.


APT Provider Number: 08-223


Parking is available in the parking garage below the Penn Towers building.



Missouri Association for Play Therapy


Penn Towers Building Kansas City MO
3100 Broadway, suite 130
Kansas CIty, MO 64111 United States
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