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Aaron Specializes in:

  • Social Development
  • Motivating children to connect and interact.
  • Community Integration and Participation.
  • Communication Development/Conversation Skills
  • Creating a holistic program for your child that looks at play, nutrition, environment, and sensory needs.
  • Parent play coaching
  • Setting child-specific goals
  • Parent well being
Aaron DeLand

Aaron began his career nearly 25 years ago working with children as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. After leaving teaching in 1999, Aaron began working with children on the autism spectrum and knew immediately that this was his calling. Although he began working in ABA, he realized that the behavioral approach wasn’t for him.

That’s when he discovered play as an approach for autism at the Autism Treatment Center of America where he was certified as a child facilitator and program instructor. Since venturing out on his own,  Aaron has traveled worldwide, helping parents and professionals understand that playing with children with autism cultivates social development. Aaron has worked with over one thousand families and countless professionals to help them better understand that the true power in play is not being able to play a specific game, but the sharing of enjoyment with another person.  Aaron approaches his work with the idea that the relationship IS the therapy.

Aaron founded Play.Connect.Grow. with the vision of bringing more play into the world!

Prescott College – B.A. in Experiential Education/Educational Psychology – Wilderness Leadership 1997

Autism Treatment Center of America -Certified Child Facilitator/Parent Instructor – 2001-2007

Institute for Integrative Nutrition- Certified Health Counselor 2008

HANDLE Therapy Basic Training 2008

DIR/Floortime Basic Training 2010

Certified Integration Coach 2022

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