Here at Gaming Approaches Towards Education we are doing continual research on how gaming and play in general integrate 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
Wizards, Warriors and Wellness: The Therapeutic Application of Role Playing Games by Jack Berkenstock Jr. MHS & Baron Blakley
Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Childhood Games 2nd Edition by Jessica Stone
Video Games and Well-being: Press Start by Rachel Kowert
Related to Therapy
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
Child psychotherapy homework planner Arthur Jongsma-L. Peterson-William McInnis - John Wiley & Sons - 2015
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
How to talk so gamers will listen and listen so gamers will talk: Using the language of video games in play therapy and counseling Terry Kottman, Neal Petersen, Jacob Kottman, Beth Lavenz- The Encouragement Zone – 2018
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 - Readhowyouwant.com, 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
Related to Gaming and Game Design
A theory of fun for game design Raph Koster - O'Reilly Media - 2014
Boardgames that tell stories Ignacy Trzewiczek - Portal Games – 2014
Boardgames that tell stories 2 Ignacy Trzewiczek - Portal Games - 2015
Choose your own therapy adventure 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
Guiding children's social development & learning Marjorie Kostelnik - Delmar Publishers – 2009
Hamlet's hit points: what three classisc 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 – Independently
Published – 2018
Sly Flourish’s the lazy DM’s workbook Michael Shea – Independently Published - 2018
Superhero therapy: a hero's journey through acceptance and commitment therapy
Janina Scarlet-Wellinton Faria - Robinson – 2016
The fiasco companion Jason Morningstar-Steve Segedy-Amanda Valentine - Bully Pulpit Games and Amusements – 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