Try This Mind On for Size Pediatric SLP Becca Jarzynski offers a shorthand explanation of “theory of mind” that she uses with adults to help them develop interpersonal understanding in children with autism: “Without well-developed theory of mind skills, our conversations would be disjointed or repetitive—we would risk insulting our audience or boring them to death ... Blogjam
Blogjam  |   January 01, 2013
Try This Mind On for Size
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Blogjam   |   January 01, 2013
Try This Mind On for Size
The ASHA Leader, January 2013, Vol. 18, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ2.18012013.16
The ASHA Leader, January 2013, Vol. 18, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ2.18012013.16
Pediatric SLP Becca Jarzynski offers a shorthand explanation of “theory of mind” that she uses with adults to help them develop interpersonal understanding in children with autism:
“Without well-developed theory of mind skills, our conversations would be disjointed or repetitive—we would risk insulting our audience or boring them to death with way too many details. Simply put, theory of mind is the ability to understand the mental state of others. Here are some things we can do to promote [it] in young children:
  • Engage children in pretend play where they take on the roles (and perspectives) of others.

  • Use verbs like ‘think’ and ‘remember’ and ‘hope’ and ‘believe’ when we talk about our own thoughts.

  • Help children to recognize, describe and manage their own emotions.

  • Help children to understand the emotions of others and what things lead to those emotions.”

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