Play Based Interventions for Autism

I recorded this video about a year ago with Liana Lowenstein. I had a lot of fun demonstrating these two techniques to use with children with Autism to help work on emotional regulation and social skills. Thanks Liana for doing this and I hope you all enjoy watching and trying these interventions.


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Anxiety Reducing Interventions for Children Training Opportunity!

Still time register for Stress and Anxiety Reducing Interventions for Children and Adolescents training next Saturday the 26th!
Many dynamics of home, school and other demands can affect the client’s ability to fully engage in therapy sessions. This training will provide therapists with much needed, brief interventions on reducing stress and anxiety to allow for a valuable session time. Participants will learn several stress and anxiety reducing interventions and relaxation interventions to use with children and adolescents.

: Tracy Turner-Bumberry LPC, RPT-S, CAS
1 Day (6 CEU’s)
Saturday, July 26th, 2014, 8:30am – 4:00pm
CC Counseling Clinic, Springfield (Nixa), MO.
Cost: $80 for professionals, $50 for students
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New Group of Certified AutPlay Providers!


Congratulations to our new group of Certified AutPlay Therapy Providers! There were individuals from 6 different states that participated in the latest two-day intensive training. We also added a new state – Alaska! There are Certified AutPlay Providers across the United States and internationally. A full list is available on the AutPlay Therapy website. Our next certification training will be February 27th and 28th, 2015. You can register for the training on the AutPlay Therapy website. If you are unfamiliar
with AutPlay, it is a play therapy and behavioral therapy based treatment approach to working with children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disorders. You can learn more on our website and don’t forget to follow AutPlay on our Facebook and Pinterest pages!

2014 Training Schedule!


All trainings are approved for continuing education credits by the Association for Play Therapy and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Hope to see you at a training!

February 21st and 22nd
 – AutPlay Certification Training
March 15th – Play Therapy Supervision: An Expressive Process
June 27th and 28th – AutPlay Certification Training
August 30th – Top 10 Play Therapy Interventions for Divorce Issues
September 27th – Using Play Therapy Interventions with Families


Cory Helps Kids Cope with Divorce


I Wanted to share my review of a new book for professionals designed to help children dealing with divorce issues: Liana Lowenstein’s Cory Helps Kids Cope with Divorce impressively covers all the common issues that children struggle with in divorce situations. All children will be able to relate to the main character Cory and the play based interventions will engage children as they process through their struggles. Lowenstein incorporates information for parents that is spot on in terms of what parents need to understand about what is happening with their child. I have already begun using this book with a couple of my clients and they love it!
Liana has several books and resources availabe for all professionals working with children and adolescents. Check out more at


New AutPlay Providers


Congratulations to our new AutPlay Therapy Certified Providers! They each competed our intensive training in AutPlay, a play therapy treatment for autism, dysregulation issues, and developmental disorders. Contact information for all Certified AutPlay Providers can be found on our website Upcoming AutPlay Certification trainings – September 13th and 14th, 2013 in Kansas City Missouri and February 21st and 22nd, 2014 in Springfield Missouri.

Play Therapy with Books and Board Games



Don’t miss Play Therapy with Books and Board Games training. Participants will learn about and review over 50 therapeutic books and board games that can be used in treating children and adolescents with a variety of issues. Participants will also learn play based intervention to use with books, how to make non-therapeutic books and board games therapeutic and participants will create their own therapeutic board game!

When: Saturday, May 18th, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Where: CC Counseling Training Center, Nixa (Springfield), MO
Cost: $90 Professional, $65 Student
CEUs: 6 hours, NBCC and APT Approved
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AutPlay Therapy Certification Training


AutPlay Therapy Combined Level I and Level II Certification Training June 7th and 8th at the CC Counseling Training Center in Nixa (Springfield), MO.  16 CEU’s approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors, the Association for Play Therapy, and the Certified Autism Specialist Credential.

AutPlay Therapy is a play therapy based treatment for autism disorders, dysregulation issues, and other developmental disabilities.

Space is limited so register early! Visit our websites for more details and to register online. or


Parent-Led Social Skills Groups

Parent-led social skills book


The Parent-Led Social Skills Groups book is now available for purchase! This book thoroughly presents to parents how to establish and facilitate social skills groups for children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities. It is a wonderful resource for parents and anyone who wants to facilitate a social skills learning group. This book can be purchased on this website or the AutPlay Therapy website  Purchases can also be done through LuLu Publishing at