The theory of mind is often abbreviated to â€œ
The Theory of mind begins developing early in a persons life, as does the symptoms of Autism.
So for instance a normally developing child of around 6 months old will already be able to read your face, they may not yet know what the face means, like a frown for example. But will be aware of your smile.
Once a child has realized what the different facial expressions mean, they are able to act accordingly, this is non-verbal behavior, they will be able to take the appropriate actions.
For example a toddler can be guided by itâ€™s mothers facial expressions to know what she is feeling.
The autistic toddler on the other hand does not read facial expressions and will not normally be interested in watching faces. The face to an autistic toddler does not hold the same fascination.Â
By about a year a normally developing child will of begun to realize that most people act in certain ways to achieve an outcome. So for example cry-gets a cuddle or soother.
This is an early marker or point of interest in theory of mind. The autistic toddler will not yet have figured out how certain behaviors gets certain actions.
This general pattern will continue through the childhood years, into adolescents and onto adulthood.
However there are ways to improve, teach and nurture your autistic toddlers social capabilities. By using something called autism social stories you can give your autistic toddler the appropriate information and behaviors for certain tasks, activity’s and situations…in-face anything you feel they need help coping with or help in understanding.
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