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.
Printable Resources
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AutPlay Research
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 
 Recommended Reading 

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 -, 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

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