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Play-based assessment is an observational technique used to evaluate young children's development. The Play Assessment/Intervention System (PLAIS) is one of the most widely researched play-based assessment models and assesses domains such as exploratory play, simple pretend play, complex pretend play, and non-play. One of the criticisms of early childhood assessments and screening instruments is they neglect to evaluate the social and emotional development of young children. The PLAIS codes for aggressive behavior, but not within the context of play. Given that aggression is typical among young children, this study created an observational supplement to the PLAIS that allows observers to code disruptive and aggressive behavior within the context of play. In addition, pilot data will be presented to determine whether disruptive and aggressive behavior can in fact be observed within the context of play. Implications for future research will be provided.
Schroeder, Elizabeth L., "Maladaptive Behaviors within the Context of Play" (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 50.