Assessing Play ToP to TOES

Paediatric Occupational Therapy 2 Day Course UCC - a few places left

Venue Cork
Event Date 26 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019

This course provides participants with in-depth knowledge of two psychometrically-sound observational assessments of children’s play: The Test of Playfulness (ToP) and the Test of Environmental Supportiveness (TOES). The ToP is based on a conceptualisation of play that includes intrinsic motivation, internal control, the freedom to suspend some aspects of reality, and the ability to give and read cues. The TOES is set in the context of children’s motivations for play and examines the supportiveness of various aspects of the environment (i.e., space, play objects, playmates, caregivers) for helping children meet those motivations. This course will comprise small-group tasks followed by large-group discussion. Stimuli for the tasks will comprise video segments, short readings, short lecture, etc.


By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss ToP items as operational definitions of four elements of play: intrinsic motivation, internal, control, freedom from unnecessary constraints of reality, and framing
  2. Discuss the contribution of TOES elements (i.e., space, play objects, playmates, caregivers) to helping children realise their motivations for play
  3. Discuss evidence of validity and reliability of data gathered with the ToP and TOES
  4. Administer and score the ToP and TOES reliable

Defining Play

2.5 hours

Assessing Play

5.0 hours

Interpreting the ToP and Planning Intervention

2.5 hours

Assessing the Play Environment

2.0 hours

Psychometric Properties of ToP and TOES

1.0 hour



5. Utilise ToP and TOES in an occupational therapy assessment plan and as a tool for research Course Schedule (topics and time)

The course will be delivered by Professor Anita Bundy, Professor and Department Head, Sc.D., OT/L, FAOTA, FOTARA, Colorado State University

Dr. Anita Bundy rejoined the occupational therapy faculty at Colorado State University in January 2016 after spending 13 years at the University of Sydney in Australia. Much of Dr. Bundy’s research focuses on children’s play and “risk reframing.” While at the University of Sydney she became involved in boosting kids’ activity levels and social negotiation skills through play. Her research team made playground equipment from recycled materials such as hay bales, old tires, milk crates and Styrofoam coolers filled with sand and observed how the objects affected children’s physical activity and social interaction. The Sydney Playground Project is now an integral part of some Sydney schools.

Dr. Bundy has published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, British Journal of Occupational Therapy and Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. She is co-editor of Kids Can Be Kids: A Childhood Occupations Approach and Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice. In addition, together with PhD students who are experienced in driver rehabilitation, she co-developed the DriveSafe Drive Aware application, an assessment tool for screening older drivers and drivers with cognitive limitations for their fitness to drive.

Dr. Bundy has been acknowledged through numerous teaching and scholar awards, including admission to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Academy of Research and the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows

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