ISBN: 1557661626 / ISBN-13: 9781557661623
Transdisciplinary Play-based Assessment: Functional Approach to Working with Young Children
Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment (TPBA) and Transdisciplinary Play-Based Intervention (TPBI) capitalize on what children like most and do best ... Show synopsis Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment (TPBA) and Transdisciplinary Play-Based Intervention (TPBI) capitalize on what children like most and do best -- Play! When children are playing, their minds and bodies are hard at work developing essential thinking, communication and language, movement, and social-emotional skills. This highly acclaimed system gives professionals the most natural, engaging assessment and intervention methods available for working with young children from infancy to age 6. Unlike traditional assessment and intervention strategies, these innovative methods enable children to engage in activities that are meaningful, enjoyable, and unintimidating. During both processes, a play facilitator responds to child-initiated play interactions within a natural environment. These methods encourage children to demonstrate the full range of behaviors in their repertoires and master higher levels of functioning. Grounded in a philosophy that recognizes parents as vital team members, both TPBA and TPBI can be used effectively with children who have disabilities, children who are at risk for developmental delays, and children who do not have disabilities. This popular manual details a practical, diagnostic, and comprehensive model for assessing a child's developmental level, learning styles, temperament, motivation, and interaction patterns in cognitive, social-emotional, communication and language, and sensorimotor domains. Designed to meet the requirements of Part C (formerly Part II) of IDEA, the manual provides guidelines and worksheets for observing play, sample timetables, and specific suggestions for ensuring children's optimal performance. Parents are integral membersof the assessment team, and a special chapter is devoted to keeping parents involved throughout the entire assessment/intervention process.