What is AutPlay® ?

AutPlay® Therapy was created by Dr. Robert Jason Grant and it combines aspects of play therapy and behavioural therapy to help children and adolescents gain needed skills. This modality is appropriate for working with children with a broad spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders and is not limited to children diagnosed with Autism or ADHD. There are many nervous system, sensory, dysregulation, and metabolic neurodevelopmental disorders that exist. AutPlay Therapy is appropriate for working with children ages 3-18 and their families, who are affected by:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Challenges
  • Intellectual Developmental Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Learning Disorders
  • Social Disorders
  • Impulsive Disorders


AutPlay® Therapy is designed to use specific interventions to help the following six target areas: 

  1. Emotional Regulation
  2. Social Skills
  3. Connection
  4. Sensory Processing
  5. Anxiety
  6. Behaviour’s


AutPlay® Therapy has shown to be effective for the following:​

  • Increasing Emotional Regulation
  • Improving Social Skills and Functioning
  • Improving Relationship Development and Connection
  • Reducing Anxiety Levels
  • Improving Sensory Processing difficulties
  • Increasing Concentration, Focus, and Attention
  • Reducing Unwanted Behaviours
  • Improving the Parent/Child Relationship


AutPlay® Therapy supports the family system through play, a child’s natural language, which enables the parent to become agents of change with the therapist; the parents are provided the opportunity to build positive connection between parent and child. AutPlay® Therapy includes parent/carer training, which teaches parents how to incorporate the structured play therapy interventions at home. The therapist continues to meet with and train the parents/carer in implementing the interventions at home until goals have been met.