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The AutPlay Therapy Handbook provides a thorough explanation and understanding of AutPlay Therapy (an integrative family play therapy framework) and details how to effectively implement AutPlay Therapy for addressing the mental health needs of autistic and neurodivergent children and their families.
This handbook guides the mental health therapist working with children and adolescents through their natural language of play. Opening with an extensive review of the neurodiversity paradigm and ableism, the chapters cover AutPlay Therapy protocol, phases of therapy, assessment strategies, and common need areas along with understanding neurodiversity affirming processes. Additional chapters highlight the therapeutic powers of play, integrative play therapy approaches, understanding co-occurring conditions, working with high support needs, and using AutPlay Therapy to address regulation, sensory, social/emotional, and other mental health concerns that neurodivergent children may be experiencing.
This revamped second edition provides several play interventions designed to address a variety of common mental health needs that neurodivergent children face, such as social navigation, regulation, relationship development, anxiety issues, identity struggles, and self-advocacy.
Completely reorganized and with the addition of several new chapters, the book begins with a thorough presentation of how and why structured interventions are used with neurodivergent children. Special focus is given to understanding neurodivergence, relationship and rapport building, therapy planning and goal setting, how to create a structured play intervention, the therapeutic powers of play, the role and level of involvement of the therapist, theory integration, avoiding ableist practices, and parent involvement.
Implementing Play Therapy with Groups is a new and innovative edited book bringing together experts from across the field of play therapy to explore how to facilitate group play therapy across challenging settings, diagnoses, and practice environments.
Applying theoretical and empirical information to address treatment challenges, each chapter focuses on a specific treatment issue and explores ways the reader can implement group work within their play therapy work. Chapters also provide contemporary evidence-based clinical information in providing group therapy with specific populations such as working with children who have been exposed to violence, trauma, adoption, foster care, and those who are chronically medically fragile.
This book will bring awareness to, and provide easily implemented play therapy knowledge and interventions for, child and family therapists who work in a range of settings including schools, hospitals, residential treatment centers, and community mental health settings.
This book explores the multitude of thoughts, theories, opinions, methods, and approaches to play therapy in order to highlight the unity and diversity of theory and perspective in the field. Each chapter is a common question related to play therapy to which ten established and experienced play therapists share their thoughts, theoretical perspectives, and opinions. The key characteristics of a well-trained play therapist, the role of technology in play therapy, the importance of speaking the client’s language, and many more frequently asked play therapy questions and topics are explored. The reader will learn about the umbrella of play therapy thought and practice and connect with perspectives that might align with their own theoretical preferences.
Let’s Play: A Social Connection Book Game is a creatively designed game in book format. Therapists, school counselors, parents, and other professionals working with children and adolescents can utilize this book to address a variety of issues. Let’s Play follows a psychoeducational model incorporating elements of play therapy, attachment, and relationship development approaches.
This book game addresses a plethora of possible therapy goals including communication, social anxiety, comfort and interaction, engagement and attachment needs, sensory and regulation challenges, and relationship development. Professionals and parents can have a fun and engaging experience with children and adolescents through the connection activities, and can ask follow up questions and role model when participating in the interactive options.
Autistic children and teens may have a challenging time understanding their diagnosis and neurodivergence. Professionals and parents may also struggle with understanding autism and neurodiversity. This guidebook is designed to help professionals and parents utilize neurodiversity affirming approaches to explain autism to children and teens. The first half of the guidebook provides a through explanation of neurodiversity and addressing and working with autistic children and teens through a neurodiversity affirming approach. Listening to autistic voices and working from a strengths-based approach are highlighted.
The second half of the book presents a series of worksheets, each covering a different topic related to gaining awareness about self and autism and helping children and teens accurately understand what it means to be autistic.