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The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism

Without training in autism-specific interventions, you can feel ineffective and discouraged in your work. In this 8 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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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 This will help you move past outdated, deficits-based ideas about autism, and feel confident in your expertise.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 assessing and teaching play and leisure skills that blends structure with naturalistic strategies.

  • 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 consequences in your practice. It’s all about understanding how autistic people* think and learn and shaping our interventions in a way that will be meaningful.

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

*Please note identity-affirming language ("autistic") is the preferred language of the autistic community. 

Pre-Approved for .8 AOTA CEUs (8 contact hours)

YES! This course is recognized by AOTA for .8 AOTA CEUs.

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


One-time time payment of $359 or 3 monthly payments of $120.

You'll get over seven hours of content packed full of applicable strategies.

You'll have access to the content for six months to complete at your own pace.


Receive 8 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

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.

Kids in Preschool

Meg Proctor, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Founder of Learn Play Thrive, LLC

About 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 neurodiverse 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 working with hundreds of kids, mentoring OT students, coaching practicing therapists, and spending years studying autism learning styles.


I feel confident that it will change your practice.

The LPT Approach to Autism is for you if:

  • You currently work with neurodiverse 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 how kids on the spectrum think and learn

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.

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

Paid autistic consultants for The LPT Approach to Autism include:

Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez, OTR/L

Rachel Dorsey, SLP-CCC  

Emily Lees, SLP

Full Course Objectives


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



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



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



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



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



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

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).

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Study Group


We are happy to offer a discount for your group! Email your list of participants to to receive a coupon code

  • 3 participants - 15% off

  • 4+ participants - 20% off

  • 7+ participants - 30% off

  • 50+ participants - please inquire

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.

Is this course pre-approved for CEUs?

Yes! This course is pre-approved by AOTA for .8 AOTA CEUs (8 contact hours). That means that if you are in the US you can use it for your state and national license renewal. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. This course is not approved by any physical therapy or speech 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.

I have another question; 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 and pass a multiple choice quiz at the end of each of the first five modules. After the sixth module, you will submit a final case study. After Meg reviews your case study (within two business days), you will receive your certificate of completion by email. Only learners who complete the quizzes and final case study satisfactorily will be awarded a certificate. Multiple attempts are allowed.

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.

Sometimes when you work with neurodiverse 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.

I think you'll love it.

But take 30 days to complete up to three modules. If it's not what you'd hoped, you get your money back.

"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: