I wish they would have called this book: Developing Social Communication Skills from the Ground Up. Whether it is from delayed pragmatic language skills or poor social skills leading to feelings of not belonging, it is clear that children with hearing loss require specific teaching in the area of social communication. I spent about a year looking for materials that would help teach emotional states, facial expressions, identifying intention, perspective, social initiation, conversational turn taking, social comprehension and problem-solving. A tall order I know! I was thrilled to find Teaching the Basics of Theory of Mind. It is an easy grab-and-go curriculum that provides specific target skills and activities. The photo and other appendix materials are of VERY high quality. The material is geared toward ages 5-9 but could easily be adapted to older students. I think that working on the skills presented in this 12-week curriculum could truly improve the futures of our children with hearing loss! Karen Anderson Theory of Mind Summary Article
Teaching the Basics of Theory of Mind
A Complete Curriculum with Supporting Materials for Children with Social Difficulties Aged Approximately 5 to 9 Years
This manual contains a 12-week curriculum designed to incorporate a multi-sensory approach to developing the critical and basic aspects of Theory of Mind (ToM). The activities are designed to be used with children aged 5-9, who have social challenges.
The 12-week curriculum is elegant and easy to implement in a classroom or 1:1 setting. Lessons require little time to prepare and are very motivating for learners. This book has the potential to change the social understanding of learners with hearing loss.
By building on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles, this book shows how teaching ToM to young children can help them to better understand the emotions and actions of people around them. This curriculum has been designed to enhance the development of ToM and subsequently enhance social understanding in children who demonstrate challenges with pre-requisite skills that lead to successful social relationships and situations.
As well as practical advice and supplementary materials such as worksheets and cut-out-and-use flash cards, this book includes reinforcement activities to be carried out at home with parents and care givers.
Written by Dr Kirstina Ordetx, experienced Developmental Psychologist and CBT specialist, this book is essential reading for professionals working with children with social difficulties, including those wanting to explore the benefits that ToM can bring to pre-adolescent children.