Theory of mind predicts severity level in autism

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Theory of mind predicts severity level in autism


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Theory of mind is the understanding that other people have a mind (thoughts, emotions, beliefs etc..) different to our own.  Many individuals with autism have difficulties with theory of mind.  This research involved testing theory of mind in 62 South African children with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) between the ages of 8 and 16.

The authors were able to separate the participants into three clusters depending on their theory of mind scores and these clusters corresponded to the participants having severe, moderate or mild ASD.  The results suggested that theory of mind may be a useful indicator of the severity of the individual’s autism and may be helpful in determining the level of support that the child requires.

Published by: Sage

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Michelle Hoogenhout and Susan Malcolm-Smith DOI: 10.1177/1362361316636758 Autism

Vol 21, Issue 2, pp. 242 - 252