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Course # 5148
“Pretend I'm the Princess”: Pretend Play Theory, Assessment, and Intervention

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CEUs/Hours Offered: AG Bell - LSLS/1.0 Domain 3, Domain 4, Domain 6, CE-SPC-13-065; ASHA/0.1 Introductory, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

Pretend play provides rich developmental opportunities across cognitive, linguistic, and social-emotional domains. In this course, we will explore the development of pretend play from solitary to collaborative; identify developmental relationships; discuss the nature of pretend play in children with language impairments; learn a 10-step protocol for assessing the language of collaborative pretend play; and explore intervention options. A case study will be provided.
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This course was recorded on October 21, 2011


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to describe the developmental sequence from solitary to collaborative pretend play.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify developmental relationships between pretend play and other developmental domains.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe characteristics of pretend play in children with language impairments (including those on the spectrum).
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe methods of assessing collaborative pretend play skills.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list strategies for pretend play interventions.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-15 Minutes Definitions and development
15-30 Minutes Developmental relationships and the nature of the disorder
30-55 Minutes Assessment (with client study) and intervention
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Average Rating

(728 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 728 reviews

Review by: Theresa on May 25, 2015
Well organized and good examples. Would have liked for the course to be longer with some more video examples and intervention techniques,
Review by: Sheeja on May 7, 2015
I love pretending with kids and got more ideas from this course.
Review by: Stephanie on April 26, 2015
This course is very revelent to my work in the school with young children.
Review by: Jann on April 25, 2015
I loved the video example
Review by: Deborah on April 24, 2015
Well presented, easy to understand the information.
Review by: Kelly on April 21, 2015
It was orderly and provided strong background on play development and definitions and then went into ideas for assessment and intervention.
Review by: Renee on April 9, 2015
Great culling of information on pretend play for those who have not kept up with the literature.
Review by: Michelle on April 6, 2015
The analysis of the video clip examples of play therapy was very helpful and applicable.
Review by: Erin on March 27, 2015
Loved the video clip she showed. Interesting info. She was very knowledgeable.
Review by: Anna on March 24, 2015
The list of books provided at the end of the presentation were particularly helpful.
Review by: Nancy on March 21, 2015
Great practical info with video of actual clients doing pretend play.
Review by: Catherine on March 7, 2015
Good level of detail, concrete examples, ideas of resources to use in our practice, opportunities to apply and reflect on the content built in to the course.
Review by: Kelly on February 21, 2015
course provided examples of pretend play alone and in literature
Review by: Lori on February 17, 2015
good information that was presented well
Review by: Kristi on February 14, 2015
I learned more than I thought I would about play. I remember learning some of this in grad school, but she went in much more detail. I like that she showed us a video of two boys playing together and then suggested intervention ideas.
Review by: Janis on February 8, 2015
This may be one of the best courses I have taken here. Presenter explained developmental relationship of play to language and literacy, described ways to assess play skills, discussed characteristics of language impaired play, intervention techniques for play, and gave a great example of a play assessment. The background, the information and the uses of the information made this a great presentation, as well as the relevance to speech/language growth.
Review by: Melissa on February 4, 2015
It was informative and well organized.
Review by: Nancy on January 31, 2015
This course made me revisit concepts I know, but have wandered away from. It gave me another way to assess children's play other than trying to complete language samples which have become cumbersome.
Review by: Allyson on January 29, 2015
She gave very concrete examples. I wish she had left more time to discuss intervention goals and therapy.
Review by: Julie on January 27, 2015
Good information that I can use now.
Review by: Cynthia on January 25, 2015
Easy to understand and well organized
Review by: Carissa on January 9, 2015
The general knowledge that was provided and the way in which it was presented!
Review by: Rhonda on December 31, 2014
An important but often overlooked topic.
Review by: Linda on December 30, 2014
Extensive knowledge and experience of the presenter.
Review by: Susan on December 30, 2014
I enjoy this speaker, her examples are very helpful.
Review by: Sherianne on December 30, 2014
interesting to learn about the various types of play
Review by: Susannah on December 30, 2014
extremely useful information for working with children
Review by: Anita on December 29, 2014
Easy ideas to implement
Review by: Kathleen on December 28, 2014
interesting topic to explore
Review by: Elaine on December 21, 2014
very useful information was presented
Review by: Jacqueline on December 21, 2014
Dr. Lederer provided great research based information, and gave plenty of examples. She made it easy to see how we can incorporate this into daily therapy with children, and what is age appropriate for our kids.
Review by: Christina on December 21, 2014
extensive amount of information condensed into an hour
Review by: Jessica on December 16, 2014
I liked the reference to books, the video analysis and the idea of using an AAC in pretend play schemes in order to teach use and function at the same time
Review by: Debra on December 15, 2014
Food for thought
Review by: Patricia on December 13, 2014
Speaker's enthusiasm, examples (video).
Review by: Glenn on December 13, 2014
I enjoyed the real world examples (personal anecdotes from presenter) and video presented during the course.
Review by: Yadira on December 12, 2014
Good information!
Review by: Jennifer on December 5, 2014
The knowledge provided regarding assessment and treatment as well as the case study..
Review by: Pamela on December 3, 2014
use of video example was excellent
Review by: Cristina on November 27, 2014
Very functional information and materials which could be used immediately
Review by: Jillian on November 26, 2014
Great information, interesting way to share this playful topic.
Review by: Jennifer on November 19, 2014
I rated this course as excellent because I enjoyed learning about the effectiveness of play.
Review by: Natalie on October 20, 2014
It gave lots of good strategies to use during intervention.
Review by: melanie on October 12, 2014
The information gave a lot to think about with language, literacy, and the development of play's influence on them.
Review by: Sarah on October 9, 2014
Well presented. Good examples.
Review by: Rachel on October 8, 2014
Good information and examples, interesting
Review by: Emelia on September 21, 2014
The presenter used a lot of good examples, descriptive slides, etc.
Review by: Randy on September 8, 2014
Provided evidenced based information about the development of pretend play, the relationship with language, literacy, cognitive and social-emotional development, as well as usable strategies.
Review by: Beth on August 26, 2014
well organized with concrete examples; video practice
Review by: Krista on August 25, 2014
The speaker is engaging and gives practical ideas that anyone can begin to incorporate immediately.
Review by: molly on August 21, 2014
Lots of great info, tools, and resources. I bought one of the books. Liked how it was applied to different populations (including ASDs). It was a lot of info, though. Maybe expand to two parts? Seemed like we were rushing through.
Review by: Karah on August 16, 2014
Therapeutic examples
Review by: Vanessa on August 6, 2014
It's a very nice breakdown on how you can facilitate pretend play. This video can be used as a training video for people who are are just starting in the field.
Review by: Karin on July 30, 2014
Enjoyed the video example - got me thinking in terms of real life. The exam got a little tricky for me, lots of specifics vs. general knowledge!
Review by: Pamela-Sue on July 29, 2014
Great presentation and material
Review by: Carrie on July 21, 2014
Great information, great speaker. Easy to follow
Review by: Ashley on July 15, 2014
Excellent speaker
Review by: Janice on June 25, 2014
Test questions were confusing to me.
Review by: Lisa on June 11, 2014
There is so much to learn about developmental play, and the speaker peaked my interest in finding out more about how to incorporate it into my therapy!
Review by: Tanisha on May 21, 2014
Valuable information, clearly presented
Review by: Fernando on May 14, 2014
Good presenter, nice format, good video content
Review by: Rachel on May 6, 2014
Definitely some interesting information but I would have loved to have heard more about intervention.
Review by: Allison on March 19, 2014
Developmental info on play
Review by: Diana on March 13, 2014
It brought concrete methods to "abstract" concepts
Review by: Melissa on February 25, 2014
Great information and street argues to use.
Review by: Ashley on February 10, 2014
The speaker was knowledgeable about the topic and presented the information in a comprehensible way.
Review by: Tanya on January 19, 2014
Good examples in the text and use of video.
Review by: Kathryn on January 19, 2014
Very applicable information for a variety of work settings
Review by: Naomi on January 9, 2014
Really relevant and interesting.
Review by: Kathryn on January 8, 2014
Her knowledge base & examples
Review by: Virgilee on January 3, 2014
It was visual with its examples of books and pretend play scenarios we can include in the practice.
Review by: Leeba on January 2, 2014
i wasn't so impressed with the course content
Review by: Deborah on January 1, 2014
I learned new information on facilitating role play with my students, and how I can improve what I am trying to shape in their language goals.
Review by: Ranell on December 31, 2013
I love pretend play and how it supports communication development. This presentation will help me to analyze and intervene strategically.
Review by: Chris on December 29, 2013
very useful and clear. made sense and was detailed material I had never been taught!
Review by: Gloria on December 29, 2013
Clear progression of ideas and discussion of multiple facets of the subject.
Review by: Elvy on December 29, 2013
presented the relationship of collaborative/pretend play to early literacy, language & cognition
Review by: Mary on December 28, 2013
Helped me to articulate the importance of play development in language and literacy to my peers. Dr. Lederer also makes the subject that is fun to learn.
Review by: Mackenzie on December 20, 2013
The child studies were helpful. Good information to rely to parents with young children.
Review by: Christine on December 14, 2013
She used a nice combination of the facts and real life examples to demonstrate. Well done!
Review by: Gail on December 8, 2013
interesting, well-presented. good use of example video
Review by: Ellie on December 4, 2013
Clear practical information
Review by: Erin on December 2, 2013
The presenter is easy to follow, comprehensive, fun.
Review by: Erin on December 1, 2013
Viewer participation
Review by: Joan on November 25, 2013
Some good examples, definitions, and relationships made clear with pretend play and other aspects of child development
Review by: Meghan on November 25, 2013
good information and good examples. Knowledgeable presenter
Review by: Stephanie on November 22, 2013
I enjoyed all of the examples.

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Course Presenter

susan hendler lederer

Susan Hendler Lederer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Susan Hendler Lederer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Adelphi University, Garden City, Long Island, NY. She is a NYS licensed and nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist with 30 years of professional experience in the areas of language, literacy, and pretend play development and disorders. Dr. Lederer has published and presented nationally on best practices in these areas. In addition, she is the author of three children’s books designed to facilitate emerging language, literacy, and pretend play (I Can Say That, I Can Do That, & I Can Play That).

Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: AG Bell - LSLS/1.0 Domain 3, Domain 4, Domain 6, CE-SPC-13-065; ASHA/0.1 Introductory, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

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AG Bell - Listening and Spoken Language Credential

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional Area)

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

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