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Episode 1: Why Teach Pretend Play? A Behavioral Perspective

Pretend Play Podcast: Brought to you by Autism Concepts, Inc.

Release Date: 06/23/2018

Episode 12- Stage 3: Play Schemes in the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum show art Episode 12- Stage 3: Play Schemes in the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum

Pretend Play Podcast: Brought to you by Autism Concepts, Inc.

The pretend play podcast focusing on the research and application of pretend play and language skills. We discuss Stage 3: Play Schemes in the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC). We cover expectations, selecting targets, prompting, positioning, reinforcement, initiating play, feedback following play, generalization, and mastery.  Thank you for listening! Please visit our website (www.acilearningcenters.com) for more information, to obtain CEUs, or to purchase the PPLAC.

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Episode 11- Stage 2: Chaining Play in the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum show art Episode 11- Stage 2: Chaining Play in the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum

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The pretend play podcast focusing on the research and application of pretend play and language skills. We discuss Stage 2: Chaining Play in the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC). We cover expectations, selecting targets, prompting, positioning, reinforcement, initiating play, feedback following play, generalization, and mastery.  Thank you for listening! Please visit our website (www.acilearningcenters.com) for more information, to obtain CEUs, or to purchase the PPLAC.

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Welcome to the pretend play podcast focusing on the research and application of pretend play and language skills. We discuss how we developed Stage 1: Single Agent in the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC). We cover expectations, selecting targets, prompting, positioning, reinforcement, initiating play, feedback following play, generalization, and mastery.  Thank you for listening! Please visit our website for more information, to obtain CEUs, or to purchase the PPLAC.

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Welcome to the pretend play podcast. A podcast focusing on the research and application of pretend play and language skills. Today we discuss the research on pretend play and how we developed the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC). We go on to cover the purpose, layout, and scoring of the PPLAC full and brief assessments. Thank you for listening! Please visit our website for more information, to obtain CEUs, or to purchase the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum.

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Welcome to the pretend play podcast. A podcast focusing on the research and application of pretend play and language skills. Today we take on the topic: Essential Skills to Sociodramatic Play. We review the definitions and research we and others have conducted on evaluating and teaching initiating, responding, and expanding. Thank you for listening! Please visit our website for more information, to obtain CEUs, or to purchase the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum.

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Welcome to the pretend play podcast. A podcast focusing on the research and application of pretend play and language skills. Today we take on the topic: Advanced Play. We review the definitions and research we and others have conducted on evaluating and teaching rotating play, combining play, and character roles in play. Thank you for listening! Please visit our website for more information, to earn CEUs for listening to this podcast, or to purchase the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum.

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Welcome to the pretend play podcast. A podcast focusing on the research and application of pretend play and language skills. Today we take on the topic: Object of Play. We discuss the research on the development of symbolic play in typically developing children and the application to teaching children with autism and other developmental delays.

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Welcome to the pretend play podcast. A podcast focusing on the research and application of pretend play and language skills. Today we take on the topic: Agent of Play. Please visit our website to see more in-depth show notes with references and purchase CEUs. Thank you for listening! Please visit our website for more information or to purchase the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum. You can reach out through Facebook or e-mail Melissa at Melissa.Schissler@concepts.com

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Today we discuss category of play. We begin by reiterating the importance of pretend play and discuss the 5 elements of pretend play. We get into our main topic and discuss the 3 categories of pretend play. For each category of play Nancy and Melissa break down the research and provide examples. We look at the core deficits of autism and what barriers we have seen when failing to target the appropriate category of play. It all wraps up with a discussion on data collection and implementation.

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Today we take on the topic: What is Pretend Play. We begin by discussing playroom organization. We go on to discuss various definitions of toys in the research and toy selection. Looking at the complexity of toys we discuss abstract toys, sociodramatic toys, toy combinations, and the number of different actions that can be completed with a single toy.   We wrap things up discussing the gender differences in toy selection and preference. 

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Welcome to the pretend play podcast. A podcast focusing on the research and application of pretend play and language skills. We begin by discussing deficits in play identified in children diagnosed with autism, language delays, or other developmental delays. We talk about functional play, the absence of elaborated play acts, and the use of gestures and vocalizations in play. We go on to discuss the correlations between play and language and the importance of targeting them simultaneously. In addition to language, play effects other developmental domains including cognition, social, self-regulation, school readiness, and more.

Looking more toward applications we address some common barriers we have encountered to teaching children appropriate play skills. As well as the necessary components that need to be in place when programming for pretend play.  These components include looking at the developmental sequence and the importance of a systematic approach. To close things out we look at the importance of identifying play as a separate domain and the knowledge you can acquire by observing, assessing, and teaching pretend play.

Thank you for listening! Please visit our website for more information or to purchase the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum.

We encourage everyone to reach out to us if you have any questions about the show or suggestions on topics you would like to hear more about.  You can reach out through Facebook or e-mail Melissa at Melissa.Schissler@concepts.com

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