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Theory of Mind Interventions to Develop Social-Emotional Skills
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DVD Video - 4+ hours
Multi-disc video recording with electronic manual and instructions
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12/1/2017 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Assess and describe the developmental stages of Theory of Mind (ToM) in infants/toddlers, children and adolescents with ASD, SCD, LD and hearing impairment.
  2. Connect current research documenting neural bases for emotional understanding and ToM.
  3. Analyze the types of difficulties making inferences exhibited by children and adolescents with ASD and SCD.
  4. Design and implement activities to develop the social-emotional underpinnings of ToM.
  5. Employ strategies to promote ToM in children and adolescents.
  6. Use children's literature to promote inference making and interpersonal and intrapersonal ToM.

Foundations for ToM Development

  • ToM dimensions
  • Neuroanatomical/Neurochemical foundations for ToM types or dimensions
  • Genetic/environmental influences on ToM
  • DSM-5® diagnoses and comorbidities

Assessment of ToM Development

  • Formal and informal ways to assess ToM
  • Precursors in infants/toddlers
  • Emergence during preschool
  • Higher order ToM in school-age children and adolescents

Cognitive/Affective ToM and Interpersonal/Intrapersonal ToM

  • Patterns of ToM deficits and ToM developmental levels
  • Social and academic implications
  • Profiles to effectively match deficits to interventions

ToM Interventions for: Infants and Toddlers

  • Engage children in emotional sharing
  • Develop several types of joint attention
  • Promote coordination/co-regulation in interactions

Early Preschool

  • Develop a sense of self through play
  • Develop pretend play skills
  • Nurture foundations for autobiographical memory and the ability to think about the future

Late Preschool/Early Elementary

  • Foster the vocabulary and syntactic skills necessary for ToM
  • Identify cues and clues to help recognize and infer emotions of self and others
  • Promote language for counterfactual reasoning and mental time travel

Late Elementary/Adolescents

  • Strategies for emotional and behavioral regulation
  • Strategies to promote social and academic comprehension
  • Sentence frames to develop complex syntax for explaining reasons for emotions and behaviors

Deficits in Theory of Mind (ToM) are at the heart of social-emotional difficulties exhibited by those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social Communication Disorders (SCD) and contribute to the social difficulties of children with Language Disorders (LD) and Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (DHH).



Carol Westby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a fellow of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds Specialty Recognition in Child Language. She received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Iowa’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the ASHA Award for Contributions to Multicultural Affairs and the honors of ASHA.

For over 20 years, Dr. Westby has been principal investigator on a number of clinical service, research and personnel preparation grants, including Project LIGHTS, a personnel preparation program to educate speech-language pathologists, special education teachers and school psychologists to work with children with autism spectrum disorders; and Project PLAY (Play and Language Attunement in Young Children), which trained caregivers to increase the quality and frequency of interactions that promote development of theory of mind (ToM) and language. Dr. Westby developed a social-emotional program to develop ToM in young elementary school children who exhibit bully-like and victim-like behaviors.

Dr. Westby is the developer of the Westby Play Scale, a checklist used to assess children's social and play skills. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on theory of mind, play, language-literacy relationships, narrative/expository development and facilitation, assessment and facilitation of written language, metacognition/executive function, and issues in assessment and intervention with culturally/linguistically diverse populations.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Carol Westby is a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services. Dr. Westby receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She is the author of numerous chapters and articles; and is published by various publishers including Jones & Bartlett and Pearson.

Non-financial: Carol Westby is the developer of the Westby Play Scale. Dr. Westby is a fellow of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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