PPLAC Assessment

PPLAC Webinar Series


Webinar focused on the assessment of pretend play and language skills in children ages 2-7.  The 5 elements of play, the brief and full assessment, data analysis, and goal writing were discussed.

Course duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Course Outline

  • 5 Elements of Pretend Play
  • PPLAC Full Assessment
  • PLACC Brief Assessment
    • Part 1: Independent Play Observation
    • Part 2: Beginner Assessment
    • Part 2: Advanced Assessment
  • Evaluating and Goal Writing

Course Information

Time Ordered Agenda

TimeContent to be coveredInstructional personnelInstructional methodologies or activities
0:00:00-0:07:25Introduction (no continuing education credit)Nancy ChamplinLecture
0:07:25-0:18:48PPLAC TerminologyNancy ChamplinLecture, video examples, active student responding
0:18:48-0:22:38PPLAC Full AssessmentMelissa SchisslerLecture, video examples, active student responding
0:22:38-0:49:11PPLAC Brief Assessment: Part 1Nancy Champlin and Melissa SchisslerLecture, video examples, active student responding
0:49:11-1:02:21PPLAC Brief Assessment: Beginner AssessmentMelissa SchisslerLecture, video examples, active student responding
1:02:21-1:32:01PPLAC Brief Assessment: Advanced AssessmentNancy Champlin and Melissa SchisslerLecture, video examples, active student responding
1:32:01-1:40:13Closing (no continuing education credit)Nancy ChamplinLecture, video examples

Content Disclosure

This presentation will focus exclusively on the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC). Other approaches to teaching pretend play will recieve limited or no coverage as part of this training. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosure area.

Course Format

Interactive video PowerPoint presentation with authors narration and video examples.

Completion Requirements

Participants must meet the webinar participation requirement by completing the active student responding questions throughout the webinar. Participants must also complete the feedback form following completion of the webinar to earn continuing education credits.  No partial credit will be provided.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will match the 5 Elements of Pretend Play with corresponding video and/or written examples
  2. Participants will prepare a full assessment progress monitoring form when provided with written examples
  3. Participants will transcribe play actions and corresponding vocalizations for independent and sociodramatic play video examples
  4. Participants will code written examples of play actions and corresponding vocalizations for part 1 and 2 of the PPLAC brief assessment
  5. Participants will evaluate a completed assessment and select the correct short term and long term pretend play goals

Presenters and Disclosures

Nancy Champlin, BCBA

Nancy is the owner and founder of Social Behavior Solutions. Nancy holds degrees in elementary education, learning disabilities, and early childhood special education.  She has over 35 years’ experience working with individuals with autism and other developmental delays.  She has developed teaching curricula that correspond with the ABLLS-R and the VB-MAPP, I’m Learning to Be Me PlayTubs™ and is the co-author of The Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC). She has lectured and trained professionals and parents locally and internationally on Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as conducted and presented research on a behavioral approach to teaching play skills to children with autism.

Speaker Disclosures:

    • Financial –  Nancy Champlin is the Owner of Social Behavior Solutions; ownership interests
    • Financial – Nancy Champlin is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Social Behavior Solutions; receives payment
    • Financial – Nancy Champlin is a co-author of the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum; receives payment
    • Nonfinancial – Nancy Champlin has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose

Melissa Schissler, BCBA

Melissa is the Director of Research and Development for Social Behavior Solutions. She has her Master’s degree from Sage College in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism and received her BCBA credential in 2012.  She has experience and expertise developing social skills packages, designing individualized research-based programs and behavior reduction plans for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism. She has conducted research on establishing and increasing appropriate play skills and has presented her research at ABAI and other state ABA conferences. In 2017, Melissa and Nancy Champlin, CEO, published the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC): A Behavioral Approach to Targeting Play Skills.

Speaker Disclosures:

  • Financial –  Melissa Schissler is a salaried employee at Social Behavior Solutions
  • Financial – Melissa Schissler is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Social Behavior Solutions; receives payment
  • Financial – Melissa Schissler is a co-author of the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum; receives payment
  • Nonfinancial – Melissa Schissler has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose


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