Teaching the World to Play

$50 for 3 APT CE’s (Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 2 CONTACT CE Hours.)


Despite the fact that many play therapists will occasionally have special needs children on their caseloads, most lack specialized training with this vulnerable population. In this heartfelt and inspiring training, participants will identify and dispel the stereotypes and myths associated with children with special needs (e.g., Downs, IDD, ASD). Participants will identify how to reframe behaviors into strengths and determine the difference between adaptive behaviors and manipulative behaviors. We will also identify strategies for setting up the playroom that promotes healing and learning and learns critical skills for involving families in the play therapy process.

Learning Objectives:

1)     Name stereotypes and myths about children with special needs and how to move toward inclusion
2)     Describe the difference between adaptive vs. manipulation behaviors that present in the playroom, home, and social contexts
3)     Identify alternative play therapy procedures and ways to set up the playroom that support children with special needs
4)     Describe ways to involve and encourage family members in the therapeutic play process

Guest speaker: Ashley Oliver, MA, Certified Special Education Teacher

Ashley Oliver, MA is a certified Special Education Teacher who passionately advocates for special needs children and their families in Central Texas, empowering them to navigate the educational setting. Her strongest desire is to cultivate an atmosphere of inclusion for all children, as well as utilize her knowledge and experience to educate others on how they can achieve the same goal in their selected field of profession.  Ashley has 12 years of experience working in the educational setting, specifically early childhood, and earned an M.A.  from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she discovered Play Therapy and learned what a vital asset this path of therapy is for children. 

Participant Requirements:

1. Participant handouts must be printed before the session for the experiential component
(directions will be emailed 72 hours before the training).
2. The camera must remain on for the duration of the training with your legal name displayed at all times.
3. Attendees must hold a Master's degree in mental health to qualify for CE's.
4. Post-test is required for the delivery of CE’s (link provided at the close of training).
5. A maximum of 40 participants can attend this webinar.

Training information:


Cancellation Policy:

I have read the 'Participation Requirements' and 'Training Information' sections above to determine eligibility. No refunds are provided for this training for any reason. 

Grievance Policy:

Dr. Renee Turner adheres to all legal and ethical responsibilities and is committed to non-discriminatory practices. While every attempt is made to anticipate and resolve problems, complaints may still arise.  Complaints pertaining to the speaker, educational material presented, or training facilities should be addressed with Dr. Renee Turner who will attempt to resolve the matter as quickly and easily as possible.



July 17th, 2020 10:00 AM   through   1:00 PM
Webinar Link will be provided
United States
Event Fee(s)
Registration $ 50.00

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