Here at Gaming Approaches Towards Education we are doing continual research on how gaming and play in general intergrade 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.
We are proud to be a Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider
Barrows, P. (2002). Becoming verbal: Autism, trauma, and playfulness. Journal of Child Psychotherapy. 28(1), 53-72.
Cox, R. (2016). The life recovery method: Autism treatment from a trauma perspective. Robert Cox Publisher.
Earl, R. K., Peterson, J. L., Wallace, A. S., Fox, E., Ma, R., Pepper, M., & Haidar, G. (2017). Trauma and autism spectrum disorder: A resource guide. Retrieved from
Fogler, J. M. & Phelps, R. A. (2018). Trauma, Autism, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Integrating Research, Practice, and Policy. Cham, Switzerland: Springer
Fuld, S. (2018). Autism spectrum disorder: The impact of stressful and traumatic life events and implications for clinical practice. Clinical Social Work Journal. 46(3), 210219.
Gates, G. (2019). Trauma, stigma, and autism: Developing resilience and loosening the grip of shame. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Guest, J. D. & Ohrt, J. H. (2018). Utilizing child centered play therapy with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and enduring trauma: A case example. International Journal of Play Therapy, 27(3), 157-165.
Haruvi-Lamdan, N., Horesh, D., & Golan, O. (2018). PTSD and autism spectrum disorder: Co-morbidity, gaps in research, and potential shared mechanisms. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 10(3), 290-299.
Hoover, D. W., Romero, E. M. G. (2019). The interactive trauma scale: A web-based measure for children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 49(4), 1686-1692.
Hoover, D. W. (2015). The effects of psychological trauma on children with autism spectrum disorders: A research review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2(3), 287-299.
Kerns, C. M., Newschaffer, C. J., & Berkowitz, S. J. (2015). Traumatic childhood events and autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(11), 3475-3486.
Stack, A. & Lucyshyn, J. (2019). 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. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders. 49(4), 1613-1625.
Links to online articles
Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal, PhD
Super Better by Jane McGonigal, PhD
Flow by Mihaly Csikzentihaly
The Functions of Role-Playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems and Explore Identity by Sarah Lynne Bowman, PhD