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Episode 5: Agent of Play- A Behavioral Perspective

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

Release Date: 10/19/2018

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

Pretend Play definition: We review definitions of pretend play

Lifter, Ellis, Cannon, Anderson, 2005 ;Lifter, Mason, & Barton, 2011

Deficits in children with autism and developmental delays: Discuss common deficits observed and the research supporting behavioral interventions to teach pretend play. 

Ungerer & Sigman, 1981; Lewis & Boucher, 1995; Lifter, Ellis, Cannon, Anderson, 2005

Importance of teaching Agent of Play: Review of the research on the importance of agent of play and the different agents of play observed in typically developing children. 

Lifter & Bloom, 1989; Wolery, 1991; Lifter, Sulzer-Azaroff, & Anderson, 1993

Agent of play in the research: We review the research on different agents of play. 

Lifter, Sulzer-Azaroff, Anderson, & Cowerdy, 1993; Watson & Fischer, 1977

Agent of play in the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC): 

  • Self as Agent: review the research, discuss research we have conducted observing typically developing children and teaching children with autism, and implementation in the PPLAC

Ungerer & Sigman, 1981; Fein, 1981; Belsky & Most, 1981

  • Passive Figure: review the research, discuss research we have conducted observing typically developing children and teaching children with autism, and implementation in the PPLAC

Watson & Fischer, 1977; Watson & Fischer, 1980; Fein, 1981; Belsky & Most, 1981; McCune-Nicholich, 1981

  • Active Figure: review the research, discuss research we have conducted observing typically developing children and teaching children with autism, and implementation in the PPLAC

Fenson, Kagan, Kearsley, & Zelazo, 1976Watson & Fischer, 1977; McCune-Nicholich, 1981; Belsky & Most, 1981; Stokes & Osnes, 1989; Lifter, Mason, & Barton, 2011

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