Live Full-Day Training

The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism

This live multimedia training is for professionals in early intervention, schools, and clinics who want to become more effective in their work with kids on the autism spectrum. It is appropriate for therapists and other professionals who teach functional skills. 6.5 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded.

Without training in autism-specific interventions, you can feel ineffective and discouraged in your work. In this course, I’ll teach you the concrete skills you need to be confident and effective.



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

  • INTERPRETING BEHAVIORS. Never again write generic behavioral interventions that just don't work. You'll learn a behavior problem-solving process based on an in-depth understanding of autism learning styles that will allow you to feel more confident and successful in generating relevant and specific interventions for your clients. This process helps you understand behaviors based on the different learning style of a child on the spectrum and generate interventions that truly draw on your clients' strengths rather than their challenges.

  • 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 feel stuck knowing where to start or how to really teach your clients to play. 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 on the spectrum meet their goals without ever using rewards or consequences in your practice. It’s all about understanding how autistic kids* 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 we strive to use identity-affirming language ("autistic" rather than "person with autism") as this is the overwhelming preference of the adult autistic community.

AT LEARN PLAY THRIVE, we recognize that autistic adults are the true experts on autism

The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism now includes first-person narrative from Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez of The Autistic OT. This course is continually growing and improving based on feedback and insight from the autistic community.


Location TBD

Time: 8:30 - 5:00

Cost: $329 regular price

Contact for group rates


Receive 6.5 hours of continuing education credit and access to future advanced trainings from Learn Play Thrive so you can continue to grow in your clinical skills in the areas where you feel stuck.

For in-house trainings, optional homework assignments with personalized feedback from Meg can be added after the training to help therapists effectively apply their learning to their cases

About Meg Proctor, MS, OTR/L


Meg Proctor, MS, OTR/L

Autism Specialist &

Occupational Therapist

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, P.L..L.C. I've continued to hone my clinical skills and find new ways to teach the therapists who want to do better work with their clients with autism. The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism is what I wished I had known all those year 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 on the spectrum, 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 kids on the autism spectrum 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 with autism think and learn

*This course is not well suited for therapists who work exclusively with adolescents who need minimal support in their daily activities

Full Course Objectives


Learn how to confidently and clearly problem solve challenging behaviors

  • Understand learning styles of people on the autism spectrum

  • Learn and apply the behavior problem solving process to develop hypotheses and interventions based on autism learning styles

  • Apply this process to your own case study



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

  • Learn how to use informal assessment to guide your intervention process

  • Learn how to use visual instructions at an appropriate level for your client’s learning style (object, photograph, symbolic picture, picture & word, written)

  • Learn how to use structure in your learning activities to improve engagement and independence in your learning activities

  • Learn how to restructure your tasks based on ongoing informal assessment

  • Learn how to expand for flexibility and generalizing after task is mastered



Stop wasting time making schedules that just don't work

  • Use the behavior problem solving process and autism learning styles to identify why transitions may be hard for your autistic clients

  • Learn how to assess what type of schedule (object, photograph, symbolic picture, picture & word, written) to make for an individual client

  • Identify different ways your clients can use their schedule

  • Explore specific strategies for using a schedule to promote flexibility



Get your kids' engagement so that you can confidently teach

  • Identify why kids with autism may struggle with adult-directed activities

  • Learn how to develop an individualized visual to-do list for the table

  • Learn how to translate visual to-do lists to self-care routines

  • Apply this process to your own case study



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

  • Identify importance of play and leisure for kids on the autism spectrum

  • Use the behavior interpreting behaviors process to identify common barriers to play and leisure for kids with autism

  • Learn specific strategies for assessing and teaching social play using structure and naturalistic strategies

  • Learn specific strategies for assessing and teaching play skills using structure and naturalistic strategies

  • Apply strategies to develop a goal and intervention for your own client



Ditch your fears of taking intervention out into the real world

  • Synthesize and apply your knowledge across all modules to create effective intervention plans for clients going out into the community

  • Learn how to use this process to increase community engagement for your own clients

NEW FOR 2020: 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.

Sometimes when you work with kids on the autism spectrum, 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 understand and help your autistic clients.

Registration is limited....Don't miss out!