About this Program

Sensory Smart: Applying Sensory Processing in Play Therapy

Presented By: 

Amy Nelson, LCSW, RPT-S

April 16, 2022

1:00 PM-4:40 PM (Central Time)

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Live Online Workshop

Please register for this event only if you can attend live. A recording is not included in the ticket purchase. For those who cannot attend at this date and time, there will be a recording available for purchase for APT non-contact CEs (NBCC CEs will not be offered for the recording) at: https://letsplaytherapy.org/collections

Please Note: By registering for this training, you are consenting to be recorded. Your name, image or voice may be included in the recording which may be offered as a course for APT non-contact CEs (NBCC CEs will not be offered for the recording).

Continuing Education Information:


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This program qualifies for 3.5 NBCC CE Hours.  Let’s Play Therapy Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7179. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Let’s Play Therapy Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT (Association for Play Therapy) for 3.5 CONTACT CE Hours. Let’s Play Therapy Institute is an APT Approved Provider 20-609. Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed.

All participants must have their camera on, and name clearly displayed the entire workshop. We respect your sensory needs and will accommodate to make this a meaningful and valuable learning experience for you. For accommodations, please contact Sophia Ansari at sophia@letsplaytherapy.org.

Continuing Education Certificate:

Participants will be required to complete an evaluation and post-test immediately upon conclusion of the workshop to receive credit for contact hours. The CE certificate is awarded to those who attend the entire webinar.

Please note that the Association for Play Therapy (APT) alone holds the right to accept or deny any continuing education training at its discretion. 

It is the responsibility of each professional to check with their state or national licensing board to obtain continuing education credit for this seminar. Most state and national licensing boards will approve continuing education courses which cover clinical topics, practice management skills, legal and ethical responsibilities and stress management. It is your responsibility as the license/certificate holder to be aware of and abide by the continuing education rules and guidelines set forth by your licensing board.

Program Description:

Mental Health Professionals are called to accurately diagnose and treat clients’ mental health and co-occurring disorders. However, Sensory Processing is widely unrecognized and potentially misunderstood in the mental health field. Mental Health providers can be at the forefront of screening and providing information, resources, and supportive services to individuals with sensory processing differences. This workshop systematically unpacks the mystifying concepts behind sensory processing and teaches participants how to apply this knowledge to their play therapy practice.


  1. Participants will discuss the background knowledge related to sensory processing
  2. Participants will identify how to assess sensory processing differences
  3. Participants will design 2-3 creative play therapy interventions to support sensory differences

Target Audience:

Graduate level mental health students & licensed mental health practitioners. This seminar is a beginning level course. This workshop is appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Amy Nelson is the owner of Emotional Milestones, LLC.  She receives a speaking honorarium and royalties from Let's Play Therapy Institute, LLC.

Non-financial: Amy Nelson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Grievance Policy:

Let’s Play Therapy Institute seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Sophia Ansari, hello@letsplaytherapy.org. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. 

Special Accommodations:

Live Closed Captioning will be enabled for this presentation. We respect your sensory needs and will accommodate to make this a meaningful and valuable learning experience for you.  For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Sophia Ansari at sophia@letsplaytherapy.org

Training Refund Policy:

For all pre-recorded, distance learning or asynchronous trainings:

Courses have a 30-day, no questions asked full refund policy. However, no refunds will be given for any course in which a certificate has already been issued. There are no course refunds issued due to a participant’s failure to complete the course. (Please Note: Registrants have 30 days to complete a course.)

For live trainings:

Cancellations received at least 7 days before a scheduled live training will be refunded 100%. Cancellations less than 7 days before a scheduled live training will receive no refund or credit. If an event is cancelled by Let’s Play Therapy Institute, the registrant will receive a full refund.

Live events may be recorded for future non-contact training opportunities. Attendees will be given prior notice of any recording; however, participation in the event implies consent to the recording and consent for any educational or commercial use without compensation.

For all training events:

No partial CE credit is available. Attendees must be present for live events for the entire duration or complete an entire online course (with evaluation and post-test) to obtain credit. 

Schedule (Times in Central Time Zone):

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1:00 PM- 4:40 PM

Welcome, Sensational Story

Review brain anatomy relevant to sensory processing + explore 8 senses

Define two main constructs of the Sensory Processing Model

Discover four major sensory patterns (seeker, bystander, avoider, sensor)

Explore the connection between sensory processing + mental health

BREAK (10 min)

Explore formal and informal assessment tools

Review ways to support sensory needs in the playroom

Creative play therapy interventions to support sensory processing needs

Closing Story


Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson, LCSW, RPT-S, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She specializes in the support of trauma and attachment, sensory processing differences, and emotional regulation disorders in children 3 to 5 years old. Amy is the founder of Emotional Milestones, LLC, with a mission to help early childhood professionals prioritize and optimize mental and behavioral supports to young children. For more information visit, https://www.emotionalmilestones.com/