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Episode 9: Pretend Play and Language Assessment

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

Release Date: 03/14/2019

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: Pretend Play and Language Assessment


First 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 earn CEUs for listening to this podcast, to purchase the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum, or to sign up for one of our training webinars for the PPLAC.

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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