Neurodiversity and Play: Two Day Intensive! 

with Katie Bassiri, LPCC, RPT-S, ACAS

and Kelsie Bacon, LMSW

This two day intensive will be an introduction for engaging and supporting therapists working with neurodiverse populations. Friday will consist of increased understanding what it means to celebrate and honor neurodiveristy and Saturday will focus on interventions to support individuals with neurodiveristy in the playroom. 


Now online! 

Due to travel and health restrictions, we are bringing our conference to your office or living room!


Friday, September 18, 2020

1:00 - 4:00 pm 

Supporting individuals with ASD and ADHD in the Playroom

Saturday, September 19, 2020

9:00 - 12:00 pm   

Creative Teleplay Solutions for the Neurodiverse Client


Each training session will offer 3 CEUs approved by NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board Approved Provider #0179331and the Association for Play Therapy Approved Provider 03-132.

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 3 CONTACT CE Hours for each section.

*If you attend the live webinar presentation and complete the quiz to ensure attendance, APT will honor these CEUs as contact/live for this event. If you watch the recorded session, your CEUs will be counted as distance/non-contact by NM and APT. 


NMAPT/APT Members:


Non-NMAPT/APT Members:


Student Rate:


Please note there is only one registration for both days. Attendance for one day only is not available. 

A recorded version will be available for purchase following the live training. 

Meet Katie:

Katie Bassiri, the owner of The Treehouse, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with a decade of experience in supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. While she also specializes in treating trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, maltreatment and neglect), anxiety, and attachment disturbances, her greatest passion is improving supports,  understanding and acceptance for neurodiverse individuals. Katie holds an Advanced Certified Autism Certificate, AutPlay certificate, and DIR Floortime Level 2 provider certificate. Katie provides play therapy and licensure supervision and consults with various schools, medical and therapy agencies and  organizations to develop comprehensive multidisciplinary support and programming.

Meet Kelsie:

Kelsie Bacon is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) serving the Albuquerque area. Kelsie
graduated from UNM with a B.A. in Psychology and Family Studies and received her master’s
degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Clinical Social Work. Kelsie is currently working
towards her certification to become a Registered Play Therapist. For the past three and a half years,
Kelsie has worked in school-based and agency-based settings providing therapeutic interventions for
children, adolescents and teens. Kelsie is passionate about working with children from a trauma
informed perspective using both play therapy and sand tray techniques. In addition to utilizing play,
Kelsie is a basic DIRFloortime provider. She is committed to working and advocating for children
and their families in order to help them to reach their highest potential.


Neurodiversity and Play: Supporting individuals with ASD and ADHD in the Playroom

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the term neurodiversity and explain its importance in play therapy.

  2. List the reasons why an understanding of neurodiversity is crucial for a play therapist.

  3. Describe 3-5 self-directed ways in which neurodiverse children use the playroom and play therapy to enhance levels of regulation and connection.

  4. Identify 3 evidence-based play therapy approaches for individuals with ASD and ADHD and describe how play therapists can incorporate these approaches in the playroom.


Neurodiveristy and Play: Creative Teleplay Solutions for the Neurodiverse Client

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 3 areas to assess when determining if play therapy via telehealth is an appropriate format for a neurodiverse client.

  2. Describe 3 areas to assess when determining if a play therapy group is an appropriate format for a neurodiverse client.

  3. Describe 3 play therapy techniques for engaging neurodiverse individuals online.

  4. Identify 3-5 creative play therapy techniques for helping neurodiverse individuals with regulation, engagement, and social skills.


Cancellation is available until September 4, 2020 minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds after September 5th.


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