Assessing Functional and Pretend Play

Assessing Functional and Pretend Play in Young Children: Foundations for Language, Social-Emotional, and Literacy Development
Dr. Carol Westby, CCC-SLP

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Speech language pathologists are to employ the World Health Association’s International Classification of Functioning (ICF) in assessment and intervention. Using the ICF framework, SLPs assess children’s capacity (ability) to perform tasks in structured contexts and their participation (performance) of these skills in naturalistic contexts with others. By assessing play skills and language/social-emotional skills in play, SLPs are able to evaluate the skills children need for interaction and the ways and degree to which children use these skills in naturalistic contexts with others.

ASHA: 0.2 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate Level

CA SLPAHB: 2.0 hrs

CMH: 2.0 hrs

Dr. Carol Westby, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services in Albuquerque, NM and holds an affiliated appointment in Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She is a fellow of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), has received the Honors of ASHA and the Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Achievement Award, and holds Board Certification in Child Language and Language Disorders. Dr. Westby has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Geneva College and the University of Iowa’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the ASHA Award for Contributions to Multicultural Affairs. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on theory of mind, narrative/expository development and facilitation, adverse childhood experiences/trauma, qualitative methodologies, assessment and facilitation of written language, metacognition/executive function/ADHD, and issues in assessment and intervention with culturally/linguistically diverse populations. Dr. Westby has a BA in English from Geneva College and an MA and PhD in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa

Explain the role of play in social-emotional, language, and literacy development

· Evaluate children’s functional and pretend play skills

· Advocate effectively for play-based assessment

This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.

Financial— Dr. Westby receives a speaking fee from the Lavi Institute/Power Up Conference

Nonfinancial— No relevant non-financial disclosures.

15 mins – Disclosures, Introduction

60 mins – objectives

Explain the role of play in social-emotional, language, and literacy development

· Evaluate children’s functional and pretend play skills

· Advocate effectively for play-based assessment

30 mins – Review of recommended methodology and strategies

15 mins – Q&A

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