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The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism

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Without training in autism-specific interventions, you can feel ineffective and discouraged in your work. In this 9.5 contact hour, self-paced CEU course, I’ll teach you the concrete skills you need to be confident that your work is making the greatest possible impact.

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$389 for over 7.5 recorded hours packed full of actionable content. You can also break it down into 3 payments of $130.


This course is entirely self-paced. Once you register, you'll have access for 6 months to complete on your own time.

Continuing Ed

This course is registered for .95 AOTA CEUs (9.5 contact hours) & is in the registration process for .95 ASHA CEUs (available beginning 5/27/21).

More Info

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

- This course will be available for ASHA CEUs from May 27, 2021 to May 27, 2026, at which point Learn Play Thrive will apply for re-registration.

- 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.

"This is by far the best course and professional development I have done to enhace my OT practice! Meg has taken a huge amount of research, knowledge and experience and condensed it into a course that is accessible, practical and just makes sense. I highly recommend this course to any OT working with young people with autism. You will not only walk away with explicit strategies and interventions but also a much deeper understanding of autism learning styles and how this informs our practice."




In The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism, you'll learn:

  • A STRENGTHS-BASED APPROACH TO AUTISM & BEHAVIOR. Never again write generic interventions that just don't work. First, you'll go deep into autism learning styles based on the latest research. This will help you move past outdated, deficits-based ideas about autism, and feel confident in your expertise. Then, with this foundation, you'll learn a concrete process that will allow you to generate relevant, effective, and strengths-based interventions every time.

  • THERAPY PROCESS. Get past feeling "stuck" and not knowing where to start with helping your clients meet their goals. Learn how to use informal assessment, individualized structure, visual instructions, and evidence-based autism teaching strategies to guide your therapy process from assessment through goal mastery and generalization. 

  • MAKING SCHEDULES. Stop wasting your limited time making schedules that your clients don't understand or use. You'll learn how to create truly individualized schedules that will reduce transition battles and increase flexibility.

  • VISUAL TO-DO LISTS + SELF-CARE SKILLS.  Move beyond giving constant redirections and reminders that leave you feeling ineffective and make your clients frustrated and confused.  You'll master a method for creating visual to-do-lists that even your most concrete (or youngest) clients will understand. These visual to-do lists will keep your kids at the table for learning, increase independence in self-care skills, and provide new opportunities for social engagement and play.

  • PLAY & LEISURE. You know play and leisure are so important, but you often feel stuck knowing where to start or how to really explore new ways to play with your clients. Learn a fun, effective process for presenting new play activities and seeing if they become true play for your clients. 

  • COMMUNITY INTEGRATION. Get past your fears of moving your intervention to the community, where real life happens! Learn exactly how to bring it all together and help your clients succeed out in the community.

You’ll learn how to confidently help your clients meet their goals without ever using rewards or other compliance-based strategies in your practice. It’s all about understanding how autistic* people think and learn and shaping our interventions to reflect respect for their strengths and how they think and learn.

*identity-first language used as it's the preference of the autistic community

This course is actionable and concrete. You'll develop intervention plans you can apply in your practice right away.

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Meg Proctor,  OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Founder of Learn Play Thrive, LLC

Meet Your Instructor:

Meg Proctor, MS, OTR/L

I started my career as an OT in early intervention with huge expectations, a serious case of perfectionism, and not enough training to really help the kids I was seeing.  Have you been there? It did not feel good.

Years later, after working my way through different settings and receiving a faculty appointment for UNC Chapel Hill's TEACCH® Autism program, I underwent months and months of extensive training in autism interventions and trained teachers, psychologists, and the occasional therapist from around the world in effective autism interventions for functional life skills. I looked back on those years of practice and cataloged the things I wished so badly I had known before. At every training I wondered, "Where on earth are the OTs? WE need this training!"

As the founder of Learn Play Thrive, I've continued to hone my clinical skills and find new ways to teach the therapists who want to do better work with their neurodivergent clients. The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism is what I wished I had known all those years ago in early intervention, in school-based practice, and in the clinic.  It is a synthesis of what I've learned from extensive training, working with hundreds of kids, interviewing dozens of autistic adults, and diving deep into studying autism learning styles.


I feel confident that it will change your practice.

Disclosures for Meg Proctor

FINANCIAL: Meg is the owner of Learn Play Thrive and receives a salary. 
NON-FINANCIAL: Meg has friends and colleagues who are autistic.

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Rachel Dorsey, CCC-SLP

Meet Your Guest Instructor:

Rachel Dorsey, MS, CCC-SLP

Rachel Dorsey is Autistic. As a speech-therapist, she's watched over and over as mainstream interventions that appear to be "effective" in the short-term totally miss the mark, with devastating consequences on autistic learners in the long term.

Rachel brings her expertise in speech language pathology and her lived experiences as an autistic person to The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism. In this course, she teaches about the social preferences and skills of autistic kids, as well as auditory processing differences. 

Disclosures for Rachel Dorsey

FINANCIAL: Rachel was paid a speaking fee for her contribution to this course. Rachel is the owner of Rachel Dorsey, LLC and receives a salary. Rachel receives commission from a separate course on strengths-based goal writing from Learn Play Thrive.

NON-FINANCIAL: Rachel is autistic and has friends and family members who are autistic.

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Meet Your Guest Instructor:

Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez, MOT, OTR/L

Sarah Selvaggi Hernzndez is a paradigm-shifter. As an autistic person and an occupational therapist, she's always looking to learn who her clients are and how she can help them thrive in the world. For Sarah, this doesn't mean making them less autistic: it means celebrating their strengths and learning from their fully autistic selves. In The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism, Sarah teaches content on autistic strengths and on how we can promote positive autistic self-identity.

Disclosures for Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez

FINANCIAL: Sarah was paid a speaking fee for her contribution to this course. Sarah is the author of a book, Melt Like Ice Cream, for which she receives royalties. 

NON-FINANCIAL: Sarah is autistic and has friends and family members who are autistic. Sarah is an unpaid board member for NeuroClastic, Inc.

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Receive 9.5 hours of continuing education credit through a self-paced online course that you can revisit again and again to feel totally confident in your ability to synthesize and apply the new strategies

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Gain confidence with a real community behind you. You'll get lifetime access to a private Facebook group to share the work you complete in the course and collaborate with Meg and other therapists on the same learning journey.

"If you're looking for effective, real-life strategies for working with children on the autism spectrum, you need to take this course. Meg uses her extensive experience to teach you not only what to do, but how to actually do it! Her presentation is engaging, easy to follow, and you'll walk away with the confidence that you can put these strategies into action right away."

The LPT Approach to Autism is for you if:

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  • You currently work with neurodivergent clients on functional daily skills

  • You feel bored and ineffective using the same interventions over and over again

  • You feel guilty sending the kids back to class or back home knowing that you weren't as effective as you could have been

  • You want to feel confident in shaping your interventions based on autistic strengths

  • You are ready to let go of compliance-based approaches like withholding interests, hand-over-hand, and using reinforcers.

Full Course Objectives


(1 hour, 41 minutes)

Learn how to confidently and clearly understand behaviors and plan interventions based on clients' strengths

  • Develop six or more specific hypotheses about how a child's behavior may be related to autism learning styles

  • Generate six or more intervention strategies based on specific client's strengths



(1 hour, 37 minutes)

Get un-stuck and become more effective in your therapy process

  • Analyze a child’s learning needs using a process of informal assessment

  • Analyze client's learning style and utilize this understanding to plan meaningful learning activities and visual instructions

  • Apply two or more teaching strategies that promote flexibility and generalizing for clients after task is mastered



(51 minutes)

Stop wasting time making schedules that just don't work

  • Apply the interpreting behaviors process and an understanding of autism learning styles to identify three reasons why transitions may be hard for your clients with autism

  • Analyze a client's learning style to determine what type of schedule (object, photograph, symbolic picture, picture & word, or written) will be most meaningful to them

  • Plan a schedule for a client, including instructions at the appropriate level (object, photograph, symbolic picture, picture & word, or written) , a method for the child to use the schedule (take and use, take and match, mark off, move to finished), and at least two concrete ways that the schedule can be used to promote flexibility



(57 minutes)

Get your kids' engagement so that you can confidently teach

  • Apply the interpreting behaviors process and an understanding of autism learning styles to identify three reasons why  kids on the spectrum may have difficulty with adult-directed activities

  • Generate an individualized visual to-do list for table-top learning and for self-care routines

  • Create a plan for teaching using to-do lists that incorporates two or more strategies to promote flexibility and generalizing



(2 hours, 11 minutes)

Get crystal clear on how to teach this essential and challenging skill

  • Analyze typical play environments to identify 2 barriers to play and leisure experienced by kids on the autism spectrum

  • Identify a child's level of mastery and emerging skill level for both social play and play skills

  • Generate treatment plans that utilize one or more naturalistic strategies combined with one or more examples of structure and visual instructions



(14 minutes + your final case study)

Ditch your fears of taking intervention out into the real world

  • Synthesize and apply your knowledge across all modules to create intervention plans for clients going out into the community that include at least 3 strategies from the course

Frequently asked questions

What types of professionals is this course appropriate for?

This course is developed for occupational therapists and speech therapists workign with kids on the autism spectrum. It is also appropriate for any professional working on real daily skills with kids with autism. This is not a course designed for parents. This course is targeted at the intermediate level.

What ages does this course apply to?

In each module I help you tailor the interventions to your client's age and developmental level. This course is appropriate for professional working with kids from early intervention through adolescence.

What is the teaching methodology?

Each module includes lecture, slides, videos, case studies, and an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge.

Can I use this course for continuing education credit?

Yes! This course is registered for .95 AOTA CEUs (9.5 conteact hours) and .95 ASHA CEUs (9.5 contact hours). That means that if you are SLP or OT in the US and you successfully meet the requirements of the course, you can use it for your state and national license renewal. This course is not approved by any physical therapy associations. However you can check with your state board to see if it meets your license renewal requirements.

I'm in a different time zone. Can I complete the course on my own time!

Yes! The course is self-paced and you have three months to complete it on your own time.

If I have another question or a complaint; how can I contact you?

You can email our team at

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! One full scholarship is awarded each enrollment period to an OT from an under-resourced country. Contact to learn more.

How do I get a certificate of completion?

In order to complete the course, you must: - Watch all course lectures to 100% completion (approximately 7.5 hours). - Pass a short multiple choice quiz at the end of each of the first five modules. You may attempt this multiple times, and pus pass with 75% accuracy. - Complete a final case study and submit it for approval (on average this takes just over 1.5 hours for learners to complete). If it demonstrates the appropriate use of at least 3 strategies from the course, no reliance on compliance-based strategies, and no significant confusion about course principals it will be approved. After Meg reviews your case study you will receive your certificate of completion by email. This will happen within two business days of completion, unless you are notified in advance that there will be a delay during certain days. Only learners who complete the quizzes and final case study satisfactorily will be awarded a certificate.

What is the cancellation policy?

Full refunds are provided within 30 days of purchase if no more than 3 modules have been completed. Email to request a refund. Since this is a self-paced course, there is no option to cancel once the 30 day / 3 module limit has been exceeded. If for any reason the course is canceled by the provider before your registration period has expired, you will receive a full refund.

How do I request accomodations for special needs?

If you have special learning needs, please email before registering. Accomodations will be made to support learners in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act.

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have 6 months access to the course.

Is there a group discount?

Yes! If 3 or more people from your company plan to enroll email me the names of everyone enrolling at and I'll provide a coupon code. It's 15% for 3 registrants, 20% off for 4 or more, and 30% off for 7 or more.


At Learn Play Thrive, we recognize that autistic*
adults are the true experts on autism.

*Identity-first language ("autistic") used as it's the preference of most autistic adults and reduces stigma

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Parent / Teacher Handouts

Understanding the content is one thing but supporting your parents and teachers can be a whole different job! I've got you there too. Now when you enroll you'll get a digital catalog of handouts to explain the most important topics to your clients' caregivers.

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In all my years I have never engaged in such a thoughtful and organized course where knowledge is gained and applied giving therapists a strong foundation in both theory and practice.
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Sometimes when you work with neurodivergent kids, you feel like you're trying the same ineffective strategies over and over. This takes a huge hit on your confidence. But with The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism you will reclaim your enthusiasm and show up more equipped to help your autistic clients.

"Wow! I honestly cannot say enough positive things about this training. Meg has put together a thoughtful, thorough, and highly informative training. I left feeling more confident in my understanding of how people with autism learn, think, and play, and with new concrete tools to use in my practice- a combination I feel is often lacking from trainings. I am excited to get back to work and implement all that I learned from this training as I am confident that it will help me feel better prepared and more capable when working with my clients!"

"This has been the best course I have ever taken! It is worth every penny and your time. Meg offers so many practical real-life examples that you can put into practice right away. I walked away with so many tools and strategies to better serve my kids. Best of all, I feel as though I have a greater understanding of autistic learning styles." - Angie Jones, OTR/L

"Learn Play Thrive is the only course I would recommend for learning how to better evaluate and treat autistic children. I love that it values autistic perspectives and does not try to force autistic kids to present neurotypical, rather it helps support them in their own goals. I appreciate that it provides concrete examples and extra space to practice and discuss."

"This is a career and practice changing course." - Mary Pat Kochenash, OTR/L

Free Masterclass

Fill out the form to watch the free masterclass! You'll also get a one-time chance to enroll in the full course with one year's access (regular is six months).

Join the email list and watch the free masterclass: