Teaching the Basics of Theory of Mind: A Complete Curriculum with Supporting Materials for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Social Difficulties Aged Approximately 5 to 9 Years

Teaching the Basics of Theory of Mind: A Complete Curriculum with Supporting Materials for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Social Difficulties Aged Approximately 5 to 9 Years

by Kirstina Ordetx

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Teaching the Basics of Theory of Mind: A Complete Curriculum with Supporting Materials for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Social Difficulties Aged Approximately 5 to 9 Years by Kirstina Ordetx

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 been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or who have related social challenges.

By building on Cognitive Behavioural 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 skills such as imitation, joint attention and pretend play. These building blocks help social development in children with ASD and help them navigate relationships and social situations. As well as practical advice and supplementary materials such as worksheets and photocopiable flash cards, this book includes reinforcement activities to be carried out at home with parents and care givers.

Written by Dr Kirstina Ordetx, an experienced Developmental Psychologist and CBT specialist, this book is essential reading for teachers and other professionals working with children with ASDs and related social difficulties, including SENCOs, behavioural therapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists, wanting to explore the benefits that ToM can bring to pre-adolescent children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787750364
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 10/18/2018
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Kirstina Ordetx is the founder of Pinnacle Academy, an alternative private school for children with autism spectrum disorders in Bradenton, Florida, and CEO of the Center for Autism Resources and Education, a not-for-profit organization which supports families and professionals working with children with ASD in Southwest Florida. She is also Director of Developmental Behavior Services at Advanced ABA, an organization which provides theory of mind and social skills training for children on the autism spectrum. Kirstina lives in Bradenton, Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. The Role of Early Development in Social Efficacy. About the Program. Curriculum Activities. Activity 1: Name That Feeling. Activity 2: What Makes Me Feel… Activity 3: Follow the Eyes. Activity 4: Mirror Mirror. Activity 5: Alike and Different. Activity 6: Good Guesses. Activity 7: Real or Pretend. Activity 8: Question Webs. Activity 9: Chatter Ladder. Activity 10: Point of View. Activity 11: Me vs. We. Activity 12: Self-Assessment. Appendix A: Building Comprehension Skills. Appendix B: Caregiver Letters. Appendix C: Parent Social Questionnaire. Appendix D: Video Consent Form. Appendix E: Skill Assessment Scale. Appendix F: Target Skill Paradigm. Appendix G: My Feelings Worksheet. Appendix H: Alike and Different Comparison Grid. Appendix I: Venn Diagram Worksheet. Appendix J: Questions Prompt Sheet. Appendix K: Question Web Worksheet. Appendix L: Chatter Ladder Worksheet. Appendix M: Self-Assessment Worksheet. Recommended Reading. References. Feelings Photo Cards (Unlabelled). Feelings Photo Cards (Labeled). Feelings Labels Cards. Follow the Eyes Cards. Riddles Cards. Picture Clues Cards. As If Cards. Point of View Prompt Cards. Me vs We Cards.

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