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Dala  ·  2501 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Theory of Mind and Language Delay

Interesting, but the article doesn't discuss why it is that the theory of mind and language delay issues seem to be interrelated. That is what I am curious about now. Guess I'll be heading down that rabbit hole soon, assuming I can find some articles about it.

Gem  ·  2500 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It sort of does when it lists some of the areas made difficult by the lack, but you're right, it's definitely not a scholarly article.

But when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. The ONLY purpose of language is to communicate with our fellow humans. If you're not developing a good understanding of those humans at the same time as you're developing your language skills, problems are going to creep in. I often see it with kids who lack skills in describing and storytelling; if you ask them "What did you do today?" they say "I don't know," but if you say "Did you enjoy playing tennis?" they can manage to tell you a bit about it.

It makes therapy tricky because you have to actually outright discuss metacognition with a four year old sometimes and that's hard to do. One of my favourite ways in is Lego or games like "Guess Who". The features some of these kids choose to ask questions about though!

I remember one little guy asking "Is your person on the down-low?"

That was a long discussion about what another person can and can't be expected to observe and what would be the most efficient way to win the game!

Do you have journal access via a university or something? I can definitely hook you up.

cgod  ·  2500 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I can't get my kid to tell me anything about her day pretty much ever. What did you do today, "nothing." How was camp today, "fine."

I was a pretty closed mouth kid who was on my own trip, so I can kind of relate but my inability to find out anything gets frustrating.

Gem  ·  2500 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ha! Sorry, that one sounds like more of a "won't" than a "can't". Probably outside my field.

Have you tried afternoon tea as a conversation lure? I've had some luck with that strategy with my younger relatives.

cgod  ·  2500 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Meh, she is going to talk about what she wants to talk about when she wants to talk about it or not at all.

Gem  ·  2500 days ago  ·  link  ·  
Dala  ·  2498 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thank you! Gave it a quick read over and will definitely need to do some deeper study with it when I have some time. Noted some terms to look into in my 'external hard drive' - I don't have any journal access through a university. I wonder what I might be able to find with my library.