Instructor: Melissa Schissler
Melissa Schissler, BCBA, is the director of research and development for ACI Learning Centers. She has her master's degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) with an emphasis in autism and received her BCBA credential in 2012. Melissa has almost 10 years' experience working with children diagnosed with autism and other developmental delays. She has conducted research one stablishing and expanding appropriate play skills and has presented her research at ABAI and state ABA conferences. In 2017, Melissa and Nancy Champlin, CEO, published the Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC): A Behavioral Approach to Targeting Play Skills.
Classes by this instructor
Examining Independent and Sociodramatic Pretend Play Skills In Typically Developing Children - BEHP1218 Explores independent and sociodramatic play as a distinct domain because of the systematic relationships with other developmental domains. Examines how children acquire various skills critical to their development through play, 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 of independent and sociodramatic play and language skills of typically developing children ages 2-1/2 to 5 years old.
Teaching a Sequence of Play Actions and Corresponding Vocalizations Using PlayTubs (TM) - BEHP1219 Describes the importance of play to a child's development and its identification as one of the core deficits in children diagnosed with autism,often described as lacking in symbolic qualities and flexibility. Explores the impact of evidence-based play interventions on future communication and language skills, cognitive functioning and social interactions for individuals with autism and other developmental delays. Describes the development of PlayTubs to increase appropriate independent and sociodramatic play skills.July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, Canvas 2