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Aaron Specializes in:

  • Social Development
  • Communication Development
  • 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 relationship-based play therapy 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 how to play with children to cultivate social development. In that time Aaron has worked with over one thousand families and countless professionals to help them better understand how play impacts their children’s development.

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

Prescott College – B.A. in Experiential Education and Educational Psychology 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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