Therapeutic Research and Resources

Here at Gaming Approaches Towards Education, we are doing continual research on how gaming and play integrated with therapy. Listed on this page are some of the research we have gathered to help families and individuals learn were gaming and therapy meet.

Printable Therapeutic Resources

AutPlay Related Research

AutPlay Website

Becoming verbal: Autism, trauma, and playfulness – Journal of Child Psychotherapy

The Life Recovery Method: Autism treatment from a trauma perspective – Cox, R. (2016)

Trauma and autism spectrum disorder: A resource guide

Trauma, Autism, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Integrating Research, Practice, and Policy – Fogler, J. M. & Phelps, R. A. (2018). 

Autism spectrum disorder: The impact of stressful and traumatic life events and implications for clinical practice – Fuld, S. (2018)

Utilizing child centered play therapy with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and enduring trauma: A case example – Guest, J. D. & Ohrt, J. H. (2018)

PTSD and autism spectrum disorder: Co-morbidity, gaps in research, and potential shared mechanisms. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy – Haruvi-Lamdan, N., Horesh, D., & Golan, O. (2018)

The interactive trauma scale: A web-based measure for children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders – Hoover, D. W., Romero, E. M. G. (2019)

The effects of psychological trauma on children with autism spectrum disorders: A research review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders – Hoover, D. W. (2015)

Traumatic childhood events and autism spectrum disorder – Kerns, C. M., Newschaffer, C. J., & Berkowitz, S. J. (2015)

Autism spectrum disorder and the experience of traumatic events: Review of the current literature to inform modifications to a treatment model for children with autism – Stack, A. & Lucyshyn, J. (2019)

Therapeutic Gaming Related Articles and Research

Recommended Therapeutic Books

Advanced play therapy: essential conditions, knowledge, and skills for child practice Dee Ray – Routledge – 2011

Autplay therapy for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum: a behavioral play-based approach Robert Grant – Routledge – 2017

Building language using lego bricks a practical guide Dawn Ralph – Jacqui Rochester- Jessica Kingsley publishers- 2016

Chess therapy Jose Fadul-Reynaldo Canlas – Lulu Press – 2010

Child Parent Relationship Therapy: a 10-session filial therapy model Garry Landereth – Routledge – 2018

Clinical case formulations: matching the integrative treatment plan to the client Barbara Ingram – John Wiley & Sons – 2012

Cognitive-behavioral play therapy Susan Knell – Rowman & Littlefield – 2004

Exploring multiculral counseling competence within intensive in-community counseling: a mixed methods study Moses James III – Dissertation COM – 2015

Flow and the foundations of positive psychology: the collected works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Springer – 2016

Group play therapy: a dynamic approach Daniel Sweeney-Jennifer Baggerly-Dee Ray – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group – 2014

Guiding children’s social development & learning: theory and skills Marjorie Kostelnik-Alice Whiren-Anne Soderman-Michelle Rupiper – Cengage Learning – 2018

Handbook of cognitive-behavioral therapies Keith Dobson-David Dozois – Guilford Press – 2019

Handbook of emotion regulation James Gross – The Guilford Press – 2015

Home-based services: From the therapists’ perspective Brian Quinones- Argosy University/Sarasota – 2013

I-Minds: how cell phones, computers, gaming, and social media are changing our brains, our behavior, and the evolution of our species Mari Swingle – New Society Publishers – 2016

Natural meditation: a guide to effortless meditative practice Dean Sluyter – Jeremy P. Tarcher – 2015

Parenting with love and logic: teaching children responsibility FOSTER CLINE – Navpress PUB GROUP – 2020

Play-based interventions for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities Robert Grant – Routledge – 2017

Play therapy: a comprehensive guide to theory and practice David Crenshaw-Anne Stewart – The Guilford Press – 2015

Prescriptive play therapy: tailoring interventions for specific childhood problems Heidi Kaduson-Donna Cangelosi-Charles Schaefer – The Guilford Press – 2020

Private practice essentials: business tools for mental health professionals Howard Baumgarten-Chris Stout – Pesi Publishing and Media – 2017

Short-term play therapy for children Heidi Kaduson-Charles Schaefer – The Guilford Press – 2015

Super Better: a revolutionary approach to getting stronger, happier, braver, and more resilient* Jane McGonigal – Penguin Press – 2015

The adolescent psychotherapy treatment planner Arthur Jongsma-L. Peterson-William McInnis-Timothy Bruce – Wiley – 2014

The body keeps the score: mind, brain, and body in the transformation of trauma Bessel van der Kolk – Penguin Books – 2015

The Child Psychotherapy Treatment Planner Arthur Jongsma-L. Peterson-William McInnis – John Wiley & Sons – 2014

The functions of role-playing games: how participants create community, solve problems and explore identity Sarah Bowman – Mcfarland & Co. – 2010

Tapping In. ; A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources through Bilateral Stimulation Laurel Parnell –, Limited – 2010

The Rational Positive Parenting Program Oana David-Raymond DiGiuseppe – Springer International Publishing – 2016

The REBT therapist’s pocket companion Windy Dryden-Michael Neenan – Albert Ellis Institute – 2008

The REBT pocket companion for clients Windy Dryden – Albert Ellis Institute – 2003

The REBT Therapist’s pocket companion for working with children and adolescents Michael E. Bernard- Albert Ellis Institute – 2004

The REBT resource book for practitioners: innovative REBT techniques for practitioners with reproducible self-help articles and handouts for clients Michael Bernard – Albert Ellis Institute – 2000

Thinking in pictures – Temple Grandin – Bloomsbury Publishing – 2014

Trauma Competency: a Clinicians Guide – Linda Curran – Pesi Publishing & Media – 2013

Using Tabletop Games in Play Therapy – Neal Petersen, Terry Kottman – 2017

Wizards, warriors & wellness the therapeutic application of role-playing games Berkenstock, J. – The Bodhanna Group- 2019

Guiding children’s social development & learning Marjorie Kostelnik – Delmar Publishers – 2009

Superhero therapy: a hero’s journey through acceptance and commitment therapy Janina Scarlet-Wellinton Faria – Robinson – 2016

Recommended Gaming and Game Design Books

A theory of fun for game design Raph Koster – O’Reilly Media – 2014

Boardgames that tell stories Ignacy Trzewiczek – Portal Games – 2014

Therapy Quest: An Interactive Journey Through Acceptance And Commitment Therapy – JANINA SCARLET – Constable AND ROBINSON – 2018

Fiasco Jason Morningstar-Steve Segedy – Bully Pulpit Games and Amusements – 2016

Game-changer: game theory and the art of transforming strategic situations David McAdams – W.W. Norton & Company – 2015

Hamlet’s hit points: what three classic narratives tell us about roleplaying games – Robin Laws – Gameplaywright Press – 2010

Harry Potter therapy: an unauthorized self-help book from the restricted section Janina Scarlet-Vince Alvendia – Janina Scarlet, Ph. D. – 2017

Homo ludens a study of the play-element in culture – Johan Huizinga – Angelico Press – 2016

Improv for gamers Karen Twelves – Evil Hat Productions – 2018

Once upon a time writer’s handbook Kelly Olmstead – Trident, Inc. d/b/a Atlas Games- 2013

Playing nature’s year Meguey Baker – Collective Copies -2015

ROLE-PLAYING GAME STUDIES: a transmedia approach Jose P. Zagal – Sebastian Deterding – Routledge – 2018

Sly Flourish’s fantastic adventures Michael Shea – Createspace – 2017

Sly Flourish’s Return of the lazy dungeon master Michael Shea – 2018

Sly Flourish’s the lazy DM’s workbook Michael Shea – 2018

The fiasco companion Jason Morningstar-Steve Segedy-Amanda Valentine – 2015

The ultimate RPG character backstory guide: prompts and activities to create the most interesting story for your character – James D’Amato – Adams Media – 2018

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