The participants will learn the essentials to foster perspective taking abilities, which is a critical component for social language programming and intervention. Failure to identify and/or treat delays in theory of mind will make it hard for individuals to establish and maintain meaningful relationships.

By definition, Theory of Mind is the ability to attribute independent mental states to self & others in order to understand, explain andpredict behavior. It allows people to make assumptions about other people’s feelings, desires, thoughts, knowledge, intentions, etc. so they can properly respond and often predict others behavior. Individuals with Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism (HFA) can encounter difficulty recognizing and processing the feelings of others, which is sometimes referred to as “mind-blindness.” As a result of this mind-blindness, people with ASDs may not realize if another person’s behaviors are intentional or unintentional.