Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a prevalent childhood disorder as 1 in 68 children,8 years old and younger, are diagnosed with ASD. Additionally, childhood trauma impacts 60% of children living in the United States. Due to the lack of social awareness and increased sensitivity to various stimuli, children diagnosed with ASD are often more prone to victimization. Current treatment interventions for ASD are limited inflexibility and adaptive qualities. Flexibility is especially important for this population;therefore, a more responsive and open therapeutic approach is need. A case study is presented illustrating an adapted child-centered play therapy approach for children on the spectrum who have also endured trauma
Illustrate how Child-Centered Play Therapy fills the gaps presented by other forms of treatment for ASD.
Demonstrate the effectiveness of Child-Centered Play Therapy for children on the spectrum who have endured trauma.
Demonstrate how the CCPT play stages may differ with children on the Autism Spectrum and who have endured trauma.