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Animated Movie Test (AMT)

Animated Movie Test (AMT)

Play assessment and intervention for children aged 7–​15 years

Young adolescents who have not developed complex levels of pretend play ability in childhood have been found to struggle socially in early adolescence. For a long time it was believed that pretend play followed an inverted U-shaped curve in its development. That is, it began in the second year of life, reached a peak in the preschool years, and stopped by ages 11–12 years. More recent thinking and knowledge of pretend play has recognized that pretend play does not stop. Rather, play changes as children grow. The skills developed in pretend play in childhood underpin further development of skills in late childhood and early adolescence. Consideration of skills underpinning pretend play and the implications of these skills for early adolescence are explored in this workshop. 

This workshop is a practical workshop that offers training for participants in age appropriate play assessment and intervention for young people aged 7–15 years. This workshop is relevant for therapists who work with older children and young people who are struggling socially and are finding the transition to adolescence difficult. 

This 3-day workshop takes participants through the development, administration, scoring and interpretation of the Animated Movie Test . The Animated Movie Test is an age-appropriate play assessment for children aged 7 to 15 years. Alongside the development of this assessment, an age appropriate 8-week play intervention for older children and young people in early adolescence has been developed and trialled. This intervention is called "Imagine, Create, Belong" and the manual has been published by Routledge. Research on the Animated Movie Test and "Imagine, Create, Belong" are integrated into this workshop.


25 to 27 November 2019 at 9.00–17.00


Day 1: 25 Nov 2019 at 9.0017.00

  • Importance of pretend play in development
  • Why pretend play is important in older childhood and early adolescence
  • Adolescent development
  • The development of the Animated Movie Test
  • Reliability and validity of the Animated Movie Test
  • Administration of the Animated Movie Test
  • Scoring of the Animated Movie Test
  • Interpretation of the Animated Movie Test
  • Case study

Day 2: 26 Nov 2019 at 9.0017.00

  • Case studies and video analysis for practice in administration and scoring of the Animated Movie Test 
  • Interpretation of the Animated Movie Test and planning for intervention
  • Play intervention of older children aged 7–9 years
    • Learn to Play Therapy for older children
  • The rationale of the intervention "Imagine, Create, Belong"
  • Development and research of "Imagine, Create, Belong"

Day 3: 27 Nov 2019 at 9.0017.00

  • Practical application: "Imagine, Create, Belong" sessions 1–3
  • Practice application: "Imagine, Create, Belong" sessions 4–8
  • Wrap up and future research potential

The workshop is taught in English. 

Workshop fee

The workshop fee is EUR 600 (+ VAT according to customer´s country).

The fee includes the 3-day workshop, afternoon coffee/tea, Animated Movie Test (AMT) Manual and Animated Movie Test (AMT) Score Sheet (pack of 10) .



The enrolment ends on Sunday 22 September 2019 at 23.59.

The maximum number of participants is 60 person.

We will confirm the realization of the workshop after the enrolment period has ended (at the end of September). 

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Cancellation terms

Cancellation is free during the enrolment period (29 April–15 September 2019). Cancellation has to be made in writing (email) to Johanna Säteri at If the cancellation arrives later (after 15 Sep 2019), the workshop fee will be charged in full. The participant can be changed. 

Peruutusehdot suomeksi

Peruutus on ilmoittautumisaikana (29.4.–15.9.2019) ilmaista. Peruutus tulee tehdä kirjallisesti (sähköpostitse) Johanna Säterille Jos peruutus tehdään myöhemmin (15.9.2019 jälkeen), veloitetaan täysi koulutusmaksu. Osallistuja on mahdollista vaihtaa. 

About Karen Stagnitti

Learn more about Karen Stagnitti

Näytä lisää

Karen Stagnitti is currently an Emeritus Professor in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. Up until December 2018 she was Professor, Personal Chair at the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. She still contributes to teaching an intensive on-campus unit at Deakin University and continues to mentor research students and present training workshops on play assessment and Learn to Play Therapy throughout the world.

Her area of research is children’s play. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland. For over more than 38 years, she has mainly worked in early childhood intervention programs in community-based settings in specialist paediatric multidisciplinary teams.

In 2003, she graduated from LaTrobe University with a Doctor of Philosophy. She has written five books on play. She also has over 95 national and international papers published as well as 20 book chapters. Her norm referenced standardized play assessment, the Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment was published in 2007. The revised manual, ChIPPA-2, was published in 2019. From her research into play assessment, a unique approach to building self-initiated play capacity with children, called Learn to Play Therapy, was developed based on clinical practice and research. In 2017, the Pretend Play Enjoyment Development Checklist and Parent Learn to Play Facilitators Manual were published. In 2018, the Pretend Play Checklist for Teachers and the Animated Movie Test were published. In 2019 the new adolescent age appropriate play intervention manual was published by Routledge. Throughout the year, she is invited to present her work on the play ability of children and young people nationally and internationally.