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Group Collaboration Play (GPS) & Problem Solving Scale for Assessment

Group Collaboration Play (GPS) & Problem Solving Scale for Assessment


Children play and interact—the Social Thinking concepts and skills we’re teaching in Volume 2 aren’t meant to be used just when children are in the classroom, clinic or therapy room. In this groundbreaking new addition to Volume 2, we focus on interactive play skills through introducing our new Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving (GPS) framework to teach children how to take all the good social abilities they’re learning through the storybooks and curriculum units and generalize them to their interactions with others in the classroom, on the playground, at home and in the community.

The GPS book includes a research review, discusses the importance of interactive play as the foundation for later learning, and offers our brand new GPS tools that help adults widen their perspectives and teaching know-how in providing differentiated instruction and treatment plans. The book introduces our new five-level GPS Play Scale and its related GPS Observation Tools (checklist and scoring forms). Once we know children’s starting play level, we demonstrate how professionals and parents can tailor their teachings to build guided interactive play lessons. The second half of the book offers differentiated interactive play activities for GPS play levels 2-5 for each of the five Social Thinking concepts introduced in the storybooks and curriculum units. This is where parents and professionals tune into how to help play truly come alive for our kids!

Check out our free article on why we created our GPS Scale, checklists and differentiated interactive play activities.

A USB Drive is included that contains core teaching materials from the curriculum and the GPS book. Download for easy-opening instructions here.

Authors: Ryan Hendrix , Kari Zweber Palmer , Nancy Tarshis , Michelle Garcia Winner

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