TPBA2 and TPBI2
Play-based assessment & intervention
The natural, engaging way to improve outcomes for birth to six
The Transdisciplinary Play-Based System—made up of the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment, Second Edition (TPBA2) and the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Intervention, Second Edition (TPBI2)—is one of the most natural, easy-to-use assessment and intervention approaches for children birth to age 6. Trusted for more than 15 years, this popular, highly effective system helps you get accurate assessment results, develop customized play-based intervention plans, identify children’s service needs, and evaluate child progress.
The TPBA2 and TPBI2 system:
- helps children progress in four domains: sensorimotor, emotional and social, communication and language, and cognition
- directly links assessment and intervention
- is play-based and child-directed, so children are relaxed, engaged, and motivated
- aligns with DEC and NAEYC guidelines
- keeps parents involved
- focuses on what children can do instead of what they can’t
- helps you determine a child’s eligibility for services
- includes helpful OSEP child outcomes crosswalk and calculator for assigning OSEP categories
Start the process by gathering baseline information from parents about their child’s health, developmental history, and behaviors
During a fun and naturalistic play session, assess development in 4 key areas while the child plays with family members and a team play facilitator. (Video recording of session is recommended)
Record your observations and share results and recommendations with the child’s family.
Get hands-on TPBA2 practice with the Observing Kassandra DVD, which lets you simulate a TPBA2 session with a preschooler who has severe disabilities
Using the results of TPBA and TPBI, partner with parents to build a program of activities and routines that helps their child grow and thrive!
At a glance
What is TPBA2 and TPBI2?
Play-based, parent-friendly, and child-directed assessment and intervention system for young children
What age range does it cover?
Birth to six
What does it assess?
Four key developmental domains: sensorimotor, emotional and social, communication and language, and cognition
How long does assessment take?
60–90 minutes for a complete TPBA2 play session
Where is it conducted?
Assessment is conducted in the home or a play environment such as a playroom, playground, classroom, or child care setting.
Who conducts it?
Early childhood professionals, with parents closely involved as an integral part of the team. The TPBA2 team and the TPBI2 team can be the same or different, depending on the program’s structure for providing services.
How does the system link assessment with intervention?
Findings from the TPBA2 assessment are directly incorporated into the TPBI2 intervention process. The intervention team closely reviews findings from TPBA2 and uses these observations as a guide when choosing TPBI2 interventions that address specific areas of concern.