University of Edinburgh

'Are you thinking what I’m thinking?'
An introduction to theory of mind and its application for children with a hearing loss

Presented on Monday, 16th November 2015 in Aberdeen (Outreach)


Theory of mind is defined by Premack and Woodruff (1978) as "the ability to attribute mental states - beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc. - to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires and intentions that are different from one's own".

The learning goals for this session were to:

  • understand the development of Theory of Mind;
  • learn how and when to assess it;
  • understand why it breaks down in children who have a hearing impairment, and
  • learn how to apply strategies to facilitate it.

The day included discussion and interactive activities.

Participants said:

"I found the whole day very interesting particularly some of the intervention strategies suggested. The use of books to facilitate and target areas such as false belief is certainly something I'll make use of."

"The different ways that you can open a child's mind to ideas on emotions/feelings and strategies. How to get by false belief with deaf children, this can be hard."

Target Audience

Mainstream Teachers, Teachers of the Deaf, Educational Psychologists, and Speech and Language Therapists.


Frances Clark, Speech and Language Therapist in Auditory Verbal Therapy from Auditory VerbalUK