A Strengths-Based Approach to
Supporting Autistic Kids

In this on-demand course, you’ll learn a concrete process to help you generate more relevant, effective, strengths-based interventions with confidence and ease. This is the self-paced, recorded replay of our 2.5 hour live workshop.

Continuing Education
from Learn Play Thrive

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Learn a strengths-based process that will change
how you work

PART 1: Dive Deep into Autism Learning Styles

Go deep into how Autistic kids learn and experience the world based on the latest research and the experience of Autistic adults so that you can feel confident you understand your clients’ learning style way beyond the surface level.

PART 2: Take Your Clients' Perspective

Learn how to shift your perspective to truly consider the experience of your Autistic clients. This means looking beyond the behavior you can see and diving deep into how a child’s participation in daily routines is impacted by their learning style, interests, and strengths, as well as the demands of the environment.

PART 3: Plan Treatments with Confidence

Learn an autism-specific process that will allow you to generate a robust list of hypotheses and interventions every time you sit down with a new goal so that you can stop dreading treatment planning and start approaching it with confidence.

PART 4: Put It Into Action

Practice using this process together with Meg in using cases that are relevant to your own practice so that you walk away with fresh ideas to apply right away and experience applying them to your actual work. Even though it’s a replay, you’ll still have the time and space to come up with your own ideas and experience the process with the insight of a group supporting you.

EXTRAS: Get Resources to Support You

Get a workbook and a filliable PDF of the process to complete together with teachers and parents so that you can feel you truly have expertise in using an autism-specific, strengths-based lens, and so that your work can have the greatest impact possible.

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Once you register, you’ll have access to the recorded replay of the live training for four weeks to complete on your own time.

Continuing Education

This course is registered and will be available for .25 AOTA CEUs (2.5 contact hours) and .25 ASHA CEUs.


Information about completion requirements, accommodations, and more can be found in the FAQs.

This course is
for you if...

You currently work with Autistic kids (note this is the preferred language of the autistic community) on functional daily skills and want to be more effective in your work

You are tired of writing “The purpose of the behavior is to gain attention” and you want to write more relevant and useful hypotheses that truly reflect the lived experiences of Autistic people and the needs of your clients

You want concrete tools (and a workbook!) to help you shape your interventions based on the strengths of your neurodivergent clients so that they can experience more ease, authenticity, and joy in participating in their life

Meet your


Meg Proctor

Founder of Learn Play Thrive, Occupational Therapist (she/her)

Rachel Dorsey

Speech Language Pathologist (she/her)

Sarah Selvaggi-Hernandez

Occupational Therapist (she/her)

Please note: disclosure statements are contained in the Bio page for each speaker. Click on "READ BIO" above to review the disclosures.

I feel confident that it will change your practice.

– Meg Proctor, Founder of Learn Play Thrive

Course Objectives

A Strengths-Based Approach to Supporting Autistic Kids

Critique traditional models of Autistic learning styles using the framework of the Double Empathy Problem and research on the mental health outcomes of masking

Develop six or more specific hypotheses about how a child's difficulty participating in a learning activity or routine may be related to Autistic learning styles

Generate six or more intervention strategies to teach new skills and adapt the learning environment based on specific client’s strengths


Training Agenda

PART 1: Autistic Learning Styles

30 minutes

Dive deep into what we know about how Autistic people think and learn based on the latest research and the lived experiences of Autistic people. 

This includes the challenges that your Autistic clients are likely to experience as neurodivergent people in a world not designed for them, the harm of traditional behavioral approaches, and the strengths often associated with Autistic learning styles. 

This portion is taught by OT and LPT Founder Meg Proctor with recorded contributions from Autistic SLP Rachel Dorsey and Autistic OT Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez. 

PART 2: Interpret Learning Needs, Write Hypotheses and Generate Interventions

2 hours 

Next, you’ll dive into the Interpreting Behaviors Process.

Meg will walk you through the interpreting behaviors process step-by-step using the example of a child who throws toys during free time. She’ll show you how to use Autistic learning styles to write hypotheses and generate interventions.

The next part is when the learning really happens. Using the experience of a child who has trouble transitioning into school after recess, we’ll all work through the process together. You’ll be amazed at the hypotheses and intervention ideas that you are suddenly able to come up with!

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is developed for occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and mental health providers. It is also appropriate for any professional working on real daily skills with Autistic kids.  This is not a course designed for parents.


This course is targeted at the intermediate level.

This course is appropriate for professionals working with kids from early intervention through adolescence.

This is the recording of a live training that includes lecture, short recorded videos, a participatory process using the Zoom chat box. 

This course is available for .25 AOTA CEUs and .25 ASHA CEUs. It is not approved by any physical therapy associations, but check your state board to see if it meets the requirements.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

If you’d rather attend the live version of this course, check out this link for the next live offering.

For the recorded training, you must watch the replay to 100% completion of the video. You must then pass a quiz in the course in Thinkific with a satisfactory score. Multiple attempts are allowed. You will receive your certificate by email.

No refunds will be issued after you have registered. However you do have the option of transferring your registration to another learner.

All videos used in this presentation have closed captions and the live training will have live captioning enabled. If you need additional accommodation, please email admin@learnplaythrive.com prior to your training date. Accommodations will be made to support all learners in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. 

You can send an email to admin@learnplaythrive.com

Our courses are hosted in Thinkific’s web-based course platform. You can find the system requirements for Thinkific at this link

Why enroll today?

Continuing Education Credit

Receive 2.5 hours of continuing education credit through a self-paced online course that you can work through over 4 weeks to feel totally confident in your ability to generate more relevant, effective, strengths-based interventions.

Discount to LPT Approach

You’ll get a limited time offer for $59 off our full training, The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism, as this content is also included in module 1 of the LPT Approach to Autism.

Build your skills and your confidence with a process truly grounded in Autism learning styles.

This course will be available for ASHA CEUs from June 13, 2023 until June 12, 2028.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.