Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W35
CE Offered: BACB
Utilizing the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum to Teach Play and Language Skills
Friday, May 24, 2019
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, St. Gallen 1
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Nancy J. Champlin, M.S.
NANCY J. CHAMPLIN (ACI Learning Centers), MELISSA SCHISSLER (ACI Learning Centers)
Description: Play is imperative to a child's development and is identified as one of the core deficits in children diagnosed with autism, often described as lacking in symbolic qualities and flexibility (Jarr & Eldevik, 2007). Evidence-based play interventions can positively impact future communication and language skills, cognitive functioning, as well as social interactions for individuals with autism and other developmental delays. Play should be an integral part of a child’s programming because of its importance to the child’s overall development (Wilburn, 2011). The purpose of this workshop is to train participants on how to utilize the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC) to systematically assess and teach pretend play and language skills to children ages 2-7. The PPLAC is a behaviorally-based curriculum formulated from the typical developmental sequence of play and language and utilized to establish and expand a child's pretend play repertoire. The five elements of play including agent, object, category of play, advanced play, and the essential skills to sociodramatic play are identified and separated into teachable components. Data collected from research supporting the efficacy of the PPLAC as an effective assessment and curriculum will be presented.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will analyze the play actions and vocalizations of typically developing children during independent and sociodramatic play opportunities 2. Participants will assess the play and language skills of a child from a video example and create appropriate goals 3. Participants will demonstrate implementation of targets from each Stage in the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum 4. Participants will demonstrate collecting and analyzing data for each Stage of play in the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum 5. Participants will demonstrate initiating play, positioning appropriately, effective prompting, and providing feedback following a play opportunity
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met by alternating between didactic instruction, discussion, video modeling, and small group activities such as role play and practicing data collection. Participants will be provided with spiral bound workbooks including presentation notes and sample data sheets.
Audience: BCBA, BCaBA
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Language development, Pretend Play, Sociodramatic play



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