Assessment drives goal development. Many children with autism present with splintered skill sets. How can we determine what’s most socially significant to target with a goal of increasing opportunities to socialize with others? Young children’s most common & natural opportunities for socialization is through play. This episode presents some commercially available tools for assessing play as well as a framework for structured observation which provides loads of information to inform goal development. Mentioned: Play Skills Checklist: RedLeaf Press “The Play Ladder”: Scheflen, Freedman & Paparella, UCLA