HSO713 - Assessment and Measurement in Play Abilities


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H505 - Graduate Certificate of Therapeutic Child Play, H505 - Graduate Certificate of Play and Childhood, H605 - Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play, H605 - Graduate Diploma of Play and Childhood, H706 - Master of Child Play Therapy





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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars.


Police Record Check and Working with Children Check

Students must hold a current Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of this unit. Without these checks students will not be able to undertake any clinical components and this will impede progress in the course.

NB: Clinical components include observation of a child at play, infant-parent observation, play assessment, and therapeutic play and play therapy clinical placements.

The Faculty of Health Work Integrated Learning Team utilise an online service called ‘Fit2Work’ for police checks, and students will receive an email with instructions on how to apply. Students should not apply for a police check until they have received this email from Fit2Work.


The unit will provide students with an overview of the concepts in measurement in relation to measuring play behaviour and therapeutic change. This knowledge will then be applied to the types of therapeutic assessment that are currently in use such as: criterion, standardised, norm-referenced, and non-standardised. Children’s behaviour through play will be analysed with emphasis on behavioural characteristics when children have a play deficit. How play assessment informs decisions within Child Play Therapy will be viewed from the quality of a child’s play behaviour as well as the themes in a child’s behaviour with reference to a child’s culture.

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