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Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment – Second Edition (TPBA-2)

Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment – Second Edition (TPBA-2; Linder, 2008) is designed to evaluate children between birth and 6 years of age in structured and unstructured play settings using observation. The domains assessed include Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Communication and Language, and Sensorimotor.


The purpose of this instrument is to assist in developing a plan for specific interventions for children in early childhood programs.

Assessment is completed in six phases by a team that consists of parents and professionals, who all use the TPBA-2 scales to assess the child. Each member of the team has specific responsibilities during the assessment. A play facilitator interacts primarily with the child during the evaluation. A parent facilitator interacts with the parents, providing interpretation of observations. A video camera operator tapes the session for later viewing and scoring by team members. Other team members (e.g., speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist) observe and record their observations.


Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment –Second Edition (TPBA-2) Linder (2008) Birth-6

Individually administered, functional assessment by a team in an arena- type format using structured and unstructured play with systematic observation

60-90 min.

Team rating in several domains: Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Communication and Language, Sensorimotor

Availability: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.,

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