The Communication Play Protocol: Capturing Variations in Language Development The Communication Play Protocol (CPP) is semi-naturalistic, lab-based observational procedure that produces high quality video records of parent-child interactions. This article reflects on how the CPP has matured since we described it more than 25 years ago in the May 1999 issue of Perspectives. We emphasize how the CPP has ... Article
Article  |   December 29, 2016
The Communication Play Protocol: Capturing Variations in Language Development
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lauren B. Adamson
    Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • Roger Bakeman
    Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
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  • Financial: Funding for the development of the Communication Play Protocol was provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01HD035612. The content of this article is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
    Financial: Funding for the development of the Communication Play Protocol was provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01HD035612. The content of this article is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.×
  • Nonfinancial: Lauren B. Adamson and Roger Bakeman have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Lauren B. Adamson and Roger Bakeman have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Development / Part 4
Article   |   December 29, 2016
The Communication Play Protocol: Capturing Variations in Language Development
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 164-171. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.164
History: Received February 15, 2016 , Revised June 13, 2016 , Accepted June 13, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 164-171. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.164
History: Received February 15, 2016; Revised June 13, 2016; Accepted June 13, 2016

The Communication Play Protocol (CPP) is semi-naturalistic, lab-based observational procedure that produces high quality video records of parent-child interactions. This article reflects on how the CPP has matured since we described it more than 25 years ago in the May 1999 issue of Perspectives. We emphasize how the CPP has provided us with a stable frame to observe both typically developing children and children with developmental challenges including autism spectrum disorder as they communicate with caregivers in a range of contexts. We also describe three versions of the CPP that have been designed to address different research questions and several methods including engagement state coding and rating items that have been used to extract data from its video records. We conclude that the CPP can provide both researchers and clinicians with a valuable way to systematically capture variations in language development.

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