Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment-2 (ChIPPA-2) MANUAL

Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment-2 (ChIPPA-2) MANUAL

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ChIPPA-2 Manual – 274 pages, wire bound.

If you already have a ChIPPA kit, this revised manual is an essential update.

You must have the ChIPPA kit to administer this assessment, as it is a norm referenced standardised assessment.

The ChIPPA-2 manual is a revision of the manual for the ChIPPA, which has been informed by 28 years of development and research. The new manual is in hard copy with norm tables included on a sample of 693 children. The ChIPPA-2 aims to assess the quality of a child’s ability to self-initiate their own pretend play. The kit remains unchanged. The ChIPPA-2 is for children aged from 3 years to 7 years 11 months.

In this revised manual, more information is provided on the underlying assumptions of this assessment. There are more detailed instructions on administration with photos provided to show examples of the ‘cubby house’ set up (this is a space for the play assessment) and how to set out the play materials for both the Conventional-Imaginative Play session and the Symbolic Play Session. Photos are also provided on the 5 modelled actions for each session of the ChIPPA 2.

For 3-year-old children, the administration, play materials and scoring differs from the 4 to 7 year old children. In this revised manual this difference is made clearer by having separate sections of the manual dedicated to 3-year-old children. There is also a whole new section on the principles of interaction between the examiner and the child during administration. It is up to the examiner to create a safe environment for the child where the child feels free to explore and play with the play materials. These principles provide more information to examiners on how to create such an environment and suggested phrases to use during administration. This section also includes a Parent/carer Interview Guide.

The scoring of the ChIPPA-2 is also explained in more detail with photos supplied to illustrate what an examiner is likely to see during a ChIPPA-2 assessment. As the scoring booklets for 3-year-old children and 4 – 7-year-old children have been revised, the scoring section provides details on the revised and updated scoring booklets. In this revised manual, the norm scoring tables are included at the back of the manual.

The interpretation chapter includes examples of cases and how to interpret their assessment. In Play Styles, there are now 5 play styles for typically developing children (an addition of a new style, the Genius Player) and 7 play styles for children who struggle to self-initiate their own play. The two new additions to play styles for children who find it difficult to play are the “Functional Player” and the “Fiddler”. Another play style, “the Scorer” is now included and for this play style an explanation is given for when the examiner should be concerned about the play ability of these children and what features of the Scorer’s play indicate that the child’s play is not a concern. Example cases are also provided to illustrate how to interpret the ChIPPA 2.

The chapter on Play Themes has been completely re-written based on research by Bridget Dooley in 2017. How a child plays can reveal underlying emotional concerns of the child. Using Erikson’s developmental framework and building on the work on Ryan and Edge (2012), this chapter now provides details on how to identify and classify themes during a ChIPPA-2 assessment. Photos of ChIPPA-2 play scenes after the assessment are provided as examples of play theme analysis.

A final chapter on the development and standardisation of the ChIPPA-2 includes reliability and validity research on the ChIPPA-2 up until 2019 (when this manual was published). A list of publications on the ChIPPA/ChIPPA-2 is included under the headings of reliability, validity, test development, cross-cultural research, and the ChIPPA/ChIPPA-2 as an outcome measure. A bibliography is also included.

The norm tables are at the back of the manual with norm tables provided for 8 age groups. Some of the age groups also include norm by age and gender. The norm tables provide standard scores (z score or rescaled score) for all elaborate play items, and object substitution for the Symbolic Play Session and Combined score. Percentile ranks from 1 – 100 are provided for all object substitution and imitated action scores. Thus, for the Number of Object Substitutions for the Symbolic Play Session, both standard scores and percentile ranks are provided.


About the Author

Karen Stagnitti PhD, BOccThy, GCHE. Karen is an occupational therapist by training who has a very strong interest in children’s play. Find out more about Karen

Additional Information

  • ISBN 978 0 9944647 8 1