The purpose of this article was to systematically review the play therapy literature examining the effectiveness of child-centered play therapy with the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) population. Child-centered play therapy is shown to be an evidence-based, effective intervention for children; however, a systematic review of child-centered play therapy as an intervention with the ASD population has yet to be conducted. Even though results of the literature review show that child-centered play therapy is promising in increasing social and emotional behaviors of children with ASD, more research is needed to determine whether child-centered play therapy is an efficacious intervention with children with autism spectrum disorder
Provide readers with a systematic review, examining the effectiveness of child-centered play therapy with children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Learn what ASD is and how child-centered play therapy is a promising intervention in increasing social and emotional behaviors of children with ASD.
Discuss the limitations of the reviewed studies and recommendations to strengthen future studies, and why further research on the effects of child-centered play therapy with children with ASD is strongly encouraged.