How Play Therapy Works

All children want to have fun. It doesn’t matter if they have a diagnosis or not. Yes all children are unique, however, the one thing they all have in common is a powerful internal drive to enjoy themselves and pursue their interest.

Play therapy seeks to harness this fundamental desire and use it to cultivate social interaction and language development.

Play therapy allows us become the thing that children want. When we become the source of their motivation and the object of their interest, learning becomes natural, easy, and fun.

Play.Connect.Grow. lets you learn from anywhere!

Pick your training track

Are you a parent looking to empower yourself in your child's developmental journey? OR a professional looking to expand your toolbox and your perspective to better serve your families? You'll begin by learning how to play with a child on the autism spectrum. The Play Therapy 101 course is a great place to start. Simply watch the videos and read the attached articles for each segment, and by the end of the course you'll fully understand the basics of developmental play therapy. For Continuing Education students (CEU Track), you'll be provided final quizzes and a completion certificates which can be used to fulfill continuing education requirements in most related fields. We are a board certified continuing education provider for speech-language therapists in the state of California.

Follow the Training Exercises

At the end of each article you'll see exercises and questions. The exercises are easy to follow instructions you can use to practice what you've learned in the training module. The self review questions make it easy to evaluate your play sessions and grow in your training. These exercises are provided for both tracks of training, however further review questions are provided in the CEU track.

Follow Up and Support

Play therapy is a learning process for you as well as your child. You may want support along the way. We're here to help. You can get live online support from Aaron DeLand or another fully qualified Play Connect Grow professional to get your specific questions answered. Play. Connect. Grow. offers online webinars, live seminars and in home outreaches as well as 1:1 phone consultations and email support. Write to us at help@playconnectgrow.org for more details on support services or to have a a question answered.

Now Go Out and Have Fun!

You'll learn a lot about improving social development, social communication, and language development using Play Connect Grow play therapy techniques.

But don't forget, the most important thing is to always be loving and have fun!

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