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Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: The Workbook by Julie A. Hadwin, Patricia Howlin, Simon Baron-Cohen

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Chapter 3Conceptual Perspective Taking

Levels 3 to 6 require children to think about other people's beliefs and behavior. This type of reasoning is sometimes called conceptual perspective taking or theory of mind. It aims to help children to understand the sources of our beliefs (Level 3). It encourages them to understand that people's actions are based on what they believe whether their belief is true (Level 4) or false (Level 5). In addition, it aims to facilitate an understanding that people can think about what other people are thinking and how they use this understanding to predict that person's behavior (Level 6).

These levels use thought bubbles to help children to understand what a story character is thinking. Thought bubbles are used to depict what people know, want and think.

The section below aims to help to introduce children to thought bubbles and to understanding their use in teaching Levels 3 to 6.

This introductory section is followed by Level 3: Seeing leads to knowing.

Introducing Thought Bubbles

Thought bubbles tell us what people are thinking.Let's look at what some people are thinking. image
image Look, Jack is hungry.He is thinking about dinner.

Here are some more people. Can you point to what each person is thinking?

Level 3: Seeing Leads to Knowing

Understanding ...

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