Theory of Mind and Deaf Students – Barriers and Solutions
July 13 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am$15
Theory of Mind (ToM) develops through a child’s access to daily events and conversation. ToM is a foundational skill related to understanding the thoughts, beliefs, and desires of oneself and others. ToM depends on two components — language skills and social skills. Deaf children in mainstream schools typically have limited access to conversations around them and thus limited awareness and opportunities to develop ToM.
This presentation will highlight how parents and educators can foster ToM development. Among other suggestions, the presentation will show video clips of individual Deaf/Hard of Hearing students’ conversational engagement with Deaf Language Models through an online platform. These video clips of different learners of various ages will provide participants with greater understanding of ToM as well as ideas for improving the Deaf learners ToM that can be included in IFSPs and IEPs. Incidental learning, identity development, and self-advocacy will also be discussed to explore the relationship between these and ToM. This will provide participants with a useful lens for remedying Deaf students’ overall educational experience.
Presenters: Dr. Lisalee D. Egbert and Ashlee Trempus
Intended Audience: Teachers of the Deaf, Families, Interpreters, Administrators
Intended Strand: Research-Based Practices
Credits and CEUs: 0.2 BEI general, 2 CPEs