Play-Based approaches to preschool assessment

Lisa Kelly-Vance, Brigette Oliver Ryalls

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Play assessment has been used since the early 1990s to evaluate preschool children’s developing cognitive, communication, social, motor, and behavioral skills. When using play-based assessment, examiners observe children while in free play to determine their competencies and areas of need, providing information that can lead directly to interventions. Play assessment is child-friendly, and, importantly, parents/caregivers and early childhood educators can easily identify with and understand the results. Several methods of play assessment are available and most have a companion intervention system. More research is needed to inform the use of play assessments in early childhood decision-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsychoeducational Assessment of Preschool Children
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780429622618
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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