Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment, Second Edition

Author: Toni W. Linder Ed.D.; With Authors: Tanni L. Anthony Ph.D., Anita C. Bundy Sc.D., OTR, Renee Charlifue-Smith, Jan Christian Hafer, Forrest Hancock Ph.D., Cheryl Cole Rooke

Format: Spiral-bound, 464 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781557668714
Price: $54.95

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TPBA2 & TPBI2 at-a-glance


Transdisciplinary Play-Based System (Assessment & Intervention)

Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment, Second Edition (TPBA2) is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow process for assessing four critical developmental domains—sensorimotor, emotional and social, communication, and cognitive—through observation of the child's play with family members, peers, and professionals. In this volume, early childhood professionals will get

  • step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for a successful assessment
  • practical guidelines on how to conduct every part of the observation and gather qualitative information about the child's skills
  • the clearest research-based explanations of birth-to-six child development
  • detailed age tables (expanded and updated for this edition) that show what typical development looks like month by month and enable identification of child skill levels for quantitative data documentation
  • vivid examples that illustrate key behaviors and challenges in assessment
  • new tools and process guidelines for obtaining information from parents

The thoroughly updated second edition of TPBA2 features

  • Strong foundation in DEC and NAEYC guidelines
  • OSEP child outcomes crosswalk
  • Expanded content on critical topics such as literacy, vision, hearing, and daily living skills
  • Explicit links between assessment and intervention

With TPBA2, professionals will find it even easier to conduct accurate observations, address child and family needs, and use assessment information to inform intervention.

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Also by Toni Linder:


Review: The 18th Mental Measurement Yearbook
"Few other assessment and intervention programs can offer as extensive and converging perspectives as does the TPBA2 and TPBI2. The TPBA2 is strongly recommended for early childhood intervention assessments."
Review: Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
"The ability to collaborate with other professionals, facilitate the involvement and empowerment of families in assessment and intervention, and provide services in natural settings are skills that are keys to success in practice . . . the transdisciplinary system described in the TPBA2 and TPBI2 is one that readily promotes these skills."
Review by: Katie Todd, Coordinator of Special Education/School Psychologist, Thermalito Union School District, Oroville, CA
"What a phenomenal resource!"
Review: ADVANCE for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants
"Emphasizes observing the child through the lenses of many domains to determine appropriate excellent resource for physical therapy professionals who routinely perform early-intervention assessments as part of an interdisciplinary team, as well as for faculty and researchers."
Review by: Carrie Thompson-Davenport, Center for Outreach Services, Early Childhood Outreach Consultant, Ohio School for the Deaf
"We are using TPBA to develop our transdisciplinary play-based assessment strategies to be used with young deaf and hard of hearing children. TPBA has proven to be helpful in this initial development stage."
Review by: Anne-Marie De Kort-Young, Program Consultant, North Carolina Office of School Readiness. Adjunct Faculty, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"Makes the evaluation process a very positive experience for children and families . . . provides the team with an incredible amount of nuanced information for developing integrated, functional goals for intervention."
Review by: Linda D. Ingleson, Early Childhood Special Education Specialist, VDOE Training and Technical Assistance Center, Old Dominion University
"TPBA is an ideal tool for assessment teams."
Review by: Manuela Sanches Ferreira, Psychology, Full Professor, Superior School of Education of Porto; Coordinator, Unit for Promoting Inclusive School
"Using TPBA assessment procedures and strategies has proven to be a useful framework for our professionals to grow into a truly transdisciplinary team."
Review by: Margie Larsen, Preschool Consultant, Educational Diagnostician
"Embedded in child development theory and research, TPBA/I 2 have revolutionized assessment methodologies for preschool age children . . . consistently yields comprehensive, rich data as evidence to develop intervention teaching strategies that address the development of the whole child."
Review by: Shannon Haley-Mize, early interventionist, Institute for Disability Studies, University of Southern Mississippi
"Allows the family to be actively involved in the assessment, calls attention to play behaviors and engagement, and provides rich information that proved useful to intervention planning. TPBA/I are pivotal to providing quality services within the child's natural environment and integrating the child's goals into daily activities and routines."
Review by: Stella Fair
"Outstanding works which have been important in the field of early intervention . . . excellent way of illustrating clinical observation from a team perspective."

Table of Contents

About the Authors
  1. A Review of the Transdisciplinary Play-Based System

  2. Sensorimotor Development Domain
    with Anita C. Bundy

    I. Functions Underlying Movement
    II. Gross Motor Activity
    III. Arm and Hand Use
    IV. Motor Planning and Coordination
    V. Modulation of Sensation and Its Relationship to Emotion, Activity Level, and Attention
    VI. Sensorimotor Contributions to Daily Life and Self-Care

    TPBA2 Observation Guidelines: Sensorimotor Development
    TPBA2 Observation Notes: Sensorimotor Development
    TPBA2 Age Table: Sensorimotor Development
    TPBA2 Observation Summary Form: Sensorimotor Development

  3. Vision Development
    Tanni L. Anthony

    Visual Ability

    TPBA2 Observation Guidelines: Vision Development
    Visual Development Indicators

  4. Emotional and Social Development Domain

    I. Emotional Expression
    II.Emotional Style/Adaptability
    III. Regulation of Emotions and Arousal States
    IV. Behavioral Regulation
    V. Sense of Self
    VI. Emotional Themes in Play
    VII. Social Interactions

    TPBA2 Observation Guidelines: Emotional and Social Development
    TPBA2 Observation Notes: Emotional and Social Development
    TPBA2 Age Table: Emotional and Social Development
    TPBA2 Observation Summary Form: Emotional and Social Development

  5. Communication Development Domain
    with Renee Charlifue-Smith and Cheryl Cole Rooke

    I. Language Comprehension
    II. Language Production
    III. Pragmatics
    IV. Articulation and Phonology
    V. Voice and Fluency
    VI. Oral Mechanism

    TPBA2 Observation Guidelines: Communication Development
    TPBA2 Observation Notes: Communication Development
    TPBA2 Age Table: Communication Development
    TPBA2 Observation Summary Form: Communication Development

  6. Hearing Screening and Visual Modification of TPBA for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    with Jan Christian Hafer, Renee Charlifue-Smith, and Cheryl Cole Rooke

    I. Hearing
    II. Visual Communication Skills

    TPBA2 Observation Guidelines: Auditory Skills

  7. Cognitive Development Domain

    I. Attention
    II. Memory
    III. Problem Solving
    IV. Social Cognition
    V. Complexity of Play
    VI. Conceptual Knowledge

    TPBA2 Observation Guidelines: Cognitive Development
    TPBA2 Observation Notes: Cognitive Development
    TPBA2 Age Table: Cognitive Development
    TPBA2 Age Table: Conceptual Development
    TPBA2 Observation Summary Form: Cognitive Development

  8. Emerging Literacy
    with Forrest Hancock
Emerging Literacy
with Forrest Hancock

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