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

Robert specializes in working with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Robert is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an ASD and neurodevelopmental disorders therapy incorporating play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy provider and trained in many established ASD treatment approaches. Robert is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma related therapy for children and adults. 

Robert 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: AutPlay® Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum ♦ Play Based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder ♦ The Autism Spectrum Disorder Workbook for Children and Teens. 

Robert is a founding board member for the non profit organization Stars for Autism. He is a current board member for the Association for Play Therapy and Infinity Academy. You may contact Robert to schedule an appointment or inquire about scheduling him to speak at your support group, workshop, or seminar. Feel free to connect with him via his Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. If you have questions for Robert you may email him at [email protected] 

Dr. Anna Quigg
is a Licensed Developmental Psychologist and Doctoral-Level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D/LBA – Missouri). She conducts psychological evaluations and assessment for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children concerning developmental delays, autism, mental health and behavioral concerns using assessment tools for autism symptoms, adaptive skills, social skills, cognitive development, and intelligence tests. Dr. Quigg conducts Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) for families and schools. 

She further provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): skill acquisition, behavior reduction, parent training, supervision, consultation, and professional development. Dr. Quigg is experienced in executive leadership, clinical oversight, quality control, and ethical practice. Dr. Quigg’s pediatric research experience includes: pediatric growth and development, failure-to-thrive, feeding, development, caregiver stress and mental health, public policy, obesity, nutrition, and poverty. 

Dr. Quigg is an associate professor at Cox College and owns and operates Quigg Consulting which provides professional mentorship, supervision, consultation, and copy and content editing of professional/academic manuscripts. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Quigg, you can reach her at [email protected]

Dr. Linda Skolnick
 is a licensed clinical psychologist, registered play therapist, and certified AutPlay therapist. She received her Psy.D. degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has been providing psychological services for children and their families for more than 20 years.  She owns and operates Healthy Kids Psychological Services, LLC and specializes in providing developmental and psychological evaluations for children from birth to 12 years of age.

Dr. Skolnick is trained to do a broad array of psychological and developmental testing and uses advanced interviewing techniques along with a personalized battery of tests to answer questions about cognitive functioning, academic achievement, social-emotional health, and development.  She works with parents, other providers, and schools to understand each child’s strengths and weaknesses, and to provide diagnostic clarification and targeted treatment recommendations.  She can address a comprehensive range of issues including giftedness, intellectual disorders, developmental and specific learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, AD/HD, behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma.  

She accepts a variety of insurances (including Medicaid) and self-pay.  If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Linda at [email protected].  To schedule an evaluation, please contact the AutPlay therapy office at (417)755-9042.

Gayle Rob
son is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider. 

She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy) from Pepperdine University and has been in clinical practice for over 15 years. Prior to practicing psychotherapy in Missouri, she worked in California at Assessment and Treatment Services Center, a non- profit, United Way counseling agency, and at UCI Medical Center-Psychiatric Management Resources, where she facilitated group therapy for chronic mentally ill adults.

Gayle provides counseling to individuals, couples, children, and families. She has also completed Level I Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses it in her practice. Gayle works with a variety of client diagnosis and issues including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, trauma issues, mood disorders, grief, depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues. If you have any questions for Gayle, you may contact her at [email protected]

Alison Brawner
is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor who specializes in working with children, teens, adults and families. 
Alison’s undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Missouri State University have helped her gain the knowledge necessary to be a counselor. Alison’s over thirteen years providing clinically counseling services, her previous work in the area as a public school teacher and a school guidance counselor have given her the experience to be a highly effective therapist.

Alison now uses her knowledge and experience working with children, teens, adults and families in group and individual settings to help in a wide range of issues. She works with children and adults who are struggling with issues of trauma, abuse, attachment, and anxiety. Her experience dealing with children and families has made her successful in facilitating parenting groups and parental education seminars.

Alison favors the use of play therapy, Theraplay®, and Love and Logic.” Alison has a wide range of work in the special needs population as she and her husband facilitate running and operating a special needs camp (Camp Barnabas) and college preparatory/independent living community in Branson (Barnabas Prep/Life). If you have any questions for Alison you may email her at [email protected] 

Larissa Darter
is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and an American Counseling Association member. Larissa is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing – a therapy designed to help specifically with trauma-related issues) and utilizes play therapy and Theraplay in treatment. Larissa provides counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Larissa’s Undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

Larissa’s previous experience includes both residential and outpatient settings, providing parent training and therapy to dual-diagnosed children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, family and individual counseling in a teen girl’s home, university counseling services, and private practice. Larissa uses her training to work with clients in their varying and diverse issues and diagnosis including autism, ADHD, intellectual/developmental disabilities, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, grief, behavioral disorders. 

Larissa strives to build on client’s strengths and work collaboratively in a safe therapeutic relationship. You may contact Larissa with questions or for an appointment at [email protected]

Tomi Taylor
 has her Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Accredited Triple P Provider, and Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association and the Southwest Missouri Autism Network (SWAN).

Tomi works with children, adolescents, and families. Her experience involves working with families in crisis, working with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, neurodevelopmental disorders, behavioral disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, traumatic stress disorders, and substance abuse. Tomi provides play therapy with children and adolescents as well as family-focused therapy.

Tomi has several years post graduate experience work counseling children and families, as well as 10 years of experience working specifically with children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Tomi has served as a case manager, resource coordinator, and client advocate for children and parents. She currently offers in-home therapy and educational services. If you have questions for Tomi you may email her at [email protected]

Cassie Bick 
is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider, and working towards her credential as a Register Play Therapist. Cassie’s undergraduate degree is in Social Work from College of the Ozarks and her Master’s degree is in Mental Health Counseling from Missouri State University.

Cassie specializes in working with children 3-10 years old. Children can be exposed to multiple sources of discomfort whether it is from school, friends, or even at home. It is not unusual for children who are struggling with discomfort for it to show up in their behavior, handling adjustments-even minors one, or in their ability to self-regulate. This might look like the child experiencing anxiety, discomfort, sadness, anger, lack of social connection, etc.

Cassie’s goal is for children to leave her practice with the skills to believe in their abilities, interact effectively and meaningfully with others, regulate emotions, and ultimately be more adaptable and flexible to the events of life by utilizing play therapy. Her intention is to assist children in developing the skills that will aid them in facing the next challenge that will come their way. If you have any questions or would like to request an appointment with Cassie you may email her at [email protected]

Candace Burch
is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri. She has worked in mental health for 11 years after completing my Masters in Counseling Psychology at Avila University in Kansas City, MO. She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), Parent Management Training (PMT), and is a Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider. She primarily uses a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) approach with evidence-based practices. Additionally, She has experience with play therapy, Theraplay, and 5 years of experience working in a setting using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) models of Verbal Behavior and Pivotal Response Training (PRT).

Candace works with clients of all ages, from 2 years to adult. She currently practices at the AutPlay office at 2407 S Campbell in Springfield, MO and provides some in-home counseling services when available. She accepts a variety of insurances (including Medicaid) and self-pay.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Candace at 417-647-1378 or via email at [email protected].

Caitlin Strain
is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and graduated with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. She is a Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider and trained in EMDR Therapy (a treatment approach for PTSD and trauma issues). She is also a member of the American Counseling Association.

Caitlin works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She offers play therapy and parent training. She has experience working with a diverse clientele for a wide range of issues such as, divorce, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, neurodevelopmental disorders, life adjustment issues, and behavioral disorders to name a few.

She is committed to providing a non-judgmental, peaceful, and accepting therapeutic experience so that every client feels supported in his or her journey to emotional and mental well-being. If you have any questions for Caitlin or would like to request an appointment you may email her at [email protected]