University of Edinburgh
 

Theory of Mind

Date: Monday, 22nd October 2018
Venue: SSC, Edinburgh
Fee: £110
Time: 10 am - 4pm

NOTE - closing date for course is 1st October 2018

Content

Theory of Mind (ToM) involves understanding another person's knowledge, beliefs, emotions and intentions and how this information is used in social settings. The foundations for ToM emerge early in children but take several years to fully mature.

Research highlights how deaf infants/young children from hearing families struggle to attain age appropriate understanding of ToM concepts especially beliefs of others. Reasons for this have been proposed from early interaction with parents to later language development. This workshop will focus on:

  • Review of research on the development of theory of mind in deaf children.
  • A continuum of developments
  • A focus on early interaction.
  • Understanding how conversations and environment helps or hinders theory of mind development.
  • Impacts of theory of mind difficulties on wider skills especially in the school setting.

Target Audience

Teachers of the deaf, teachers working in mainstream settings with deaf pupils, speech and language therapists, educational psychologists, support staff, social workers.

Presenter

Professor Gary Morgan, Dept of Language & Communication Science, City University London