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Family Theraplay for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Delay

July 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT

$67.5 – $75
CEs Available: 3.5  (No APA credit available)   |     One Day Event    |     Virtual

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Delay (ID) profoundly impact family life. Intrinsic social motivation for behavior change can be hard to cultivate with youth who have a poor understanding of social cause and effect. Long-term change must happen in the context of family members learning new play skills, developing relationships, and building therapeutic behaviors that are effective with their child. In this training, clinicians will learn critical play therapy skills for building and maintaining rewarding family relationships, creating emotional growth, and enhancing family-based social play activities for non-verbal or limited verbal youth. Therapy with these youth typically requires integration of multiple disciplines. Participants will learn to integrate Theraplay play therapy methods with communication, social training, and behavioral therapy techniques. This introductory program will demonstrate how clinicians can integrate Theraplay play therapy with a family systems lens to strengthen the joining process with caregivers. Underlying this process is the focus on enhancing therapeutic parenting through guided in-session play-based practice, especially caregiver-child co-regulation.





Additional Information


This is an online program that will take place July 27, 2022 from 9:00am-1:00pm (CDT). Click here for detailed agenda.


Rand Coleman, PhD is a graduate of Hahnemann University, where he obtained his training in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology. He is trained in EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and attachment-based therapy and parenting techniques. Family therapy work has used the Theraplay model in the service of helping families develop better relationships with their autistic children/siblings, and is integrated with other modalities, such as picture communication programs (e.g., PECS), teaching of daily life skills, positive behavioral supports, and community integration practice. Now in private practice, Rand’s time is split between providing therapy, doing neuropsychological testing, and conducting trainings.


1. Spectrum of ASD and ID
2. Areas of treatment need
3. Social functioning and recreational repertoire
4. Social skills practice
5. Emotional regulation skills;
6. Video-based MIM assessment
7. Video-based treatment session review;
8. Role play of therapeutic activities;

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the 5 critical areas of therapeutic need for youth with combined ASD and ID;
2. Identify critical evaluation strategies for family dynamics, including using the MIM as both a play-based evaluation tool and play therapy treatment tool.
3. Define and practice at least 5 experiential family play therapy activities for clients with limited verbal skills;
4. Identify three ways in which Theraplay can be integrated with other disciplines for more effective family play therapy;
5. Identify 2 ways in which Theraplay promotes social skill building and emotional regulation for youth with ASD/ID.

Who Should Attend?

People who work with children and families in many different capacities will benefit from training programs offered by The Theraplay Institute. Visit our Who Should Attend page for more information. This course’s Content Level is Intermediate.


View this training’s bibliography for books and other materials referenced in the development of the content for this program.


Special Notes: Our cancellation policies have been temporarily adjusted to reflect our response to the pandemic and local government and health department directives. Please review this policy before completing your registration. We urge all participants to put their health and that of members of their communities first.

For information about our CE process, cancellation policy, and how to contact us with questions and concerns visit our FAQ page.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Registration Terms and Conditions


July 27
9:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
$67.5 – $75
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