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BEHP1218: Examining Independent and Sociodramatic Pretend Play Skills In Typically Developing Children is a Course

BEHP1218: Examining Independent and Sociodramatic Pretend Play Skills In Typically Developing Children

Time limit: 60 days
1 credit

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*** To help students meet the learning objectives of this course, the instructors have included videos and explanations of the concepts they demonstrate. Several of these videos and explanations are also included in BEHP1219 to demonstrate how they apply to the topics discussed in that course.***

Course Resources: This course references ACI Learning Centers. Further information can be found at (Links to an external site.)

Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes
Credit: 1 Learning CE

Presenters: Nancy Champlin, M.S., BCBA and Melissa Schissler, M.S., BCBA

Course Description: Explores independent and sociodramatic play as a distinct domain because of the systematic relationships with other developmental domains. Examines how, through play, children acquire various skills critical to their development, including language and social skills. Explains how the long-term effects of an impoverished play repertoire are observed in social interactions later in life. Provides data and video examples on the independent and sociodramatic play and language skills of typically developing children ages 2-1/2 to 5 years old and an analysis of the number and types of play actions, frequency of vocalizations, the object and agent utilized during play, frequency of advanced play skills and the essential skills to sociodramatic play.


  • Analyze the play actions and vocalizations of typically developing children, ages 2-1/2 to 5 during independent and sociodramatic play.
  • Identify five elements of pretend play including category, agent, object, advanced play and the essential skills for sociodramatic play.
  • Identify high-quality toys based on the data collected.
  • Identify preferred play schemes across age and gender during sociodramatic play.
  • Compare pretend play production across age and gender for independent and sociodramatic play.

Keywords: Pretend play, sociodramatic play, language, child development, applied behavior analysis

Rating: This course is recommended for anyone interested in learning about the key elements of pretend play, the essential skills for sociodramatic play and the impact of a child’s play repertoire on his or her development. It is recommended that participants have some experience with the basic concepts of behavior analysis, as well as some exposure to research methodology.

Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Note: The 60-day access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in; purchasing multiple course subscriptions will not extend your access. 

Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech will no longer offer extensions for new purchases.  Purchases made prior to this date will be eligible for an extension per the previous policy:

Effective July 23, 2018, each ABA Learning (type-2) on-demand CE course may be extended a maximum of three times within six months of the original course purchase. After six months from the original date of purchase, the course will need to be purchased again. 


For more information, to request an extension, or if you experience problems when registering, please email us at

Important note:  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.

Refund Policy

No refunds are provided once the course is accessed.

These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023)