The ability to understand and talk about ones' own feelings and thoughts as well as the emotions and ideas of others is referred to as social cognition. It can be thought of as our intuition about the world. Social cognition is useful to children and adults because it allows us to empathize, understand what motivates people, and navigate the social world. It also helps children understand stories, make inferences, and appreciate jokes. Children with profound hearing loss often experience delays in their ability to talk about their feelings, emotions, opinions, thoughts and ideas. They also can demonstrate delays in their ability to talk about how others feel, and reason about what others think. Because therapists and parents focus on speech, language, and listening development in young children with hearing loss, this important area of social cognitive development can be overlooked. The purpose of this presentation is to help parents understand the basics of social cognitive development in children who are deaf and to provide strategies for enhancing this important psychosocial area in children of all ages.
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Course created on April 13, 2010
- Upon completing this course learners will be able to describe an experimental false belief task
- Upon completing this course learners will be able to describe the predictors of theory of mind development in children who are deaf
- Upon completing this course learners will be able to list the hierarchy of social cognitive development as described by Wellman and Liu (2004)
- Upon completing this course learners will be able to list ten mental state/emotive terms
- Upon completing this course learners will be able to describe ways to facilitate social cognitive development in children of different ages
Kimberly Peters, PhD, CCC-A/SLP, AVT
Kimberly Peters, Ph.D., completed her education and clinical training at the University of Connecticut. She was employed at the New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation for 9 years as a rehabilitative audiologist, working with infants, children, and adults with hearing aids and cochlear implants. For the past 7 ½ years, she has been teaching at Western Washington University. Kimberly directs and provides clinical services in the Aural Rehabilitation Clinic at Western, supervises graduate students, teaches courses in pediatric hearing loss and habilitation, and conducts research in language and cognitive development in children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Lilian Flores-Beltran, PhD, LSLS Cert, AVT
Lilian Flores-Beltran, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT®, has a master’s degree in technological education, a bachelor’s degree in special education with specialties in cognition and language, and a doctorate degree in Pedagogy. She has also worked with the John Tracy Clinic to plan and coordinate a parent trainning course in 15 countries in Latin America and Spain, which has been attended by more than 6,000 parents. She is author of four books and a Multimedia CD, all related in rehabilitation of deaf children. Flores-Beltran got the 2005 Professional of the Year recognition by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is also a Global Ambassador of the same Association. Lilian has been working with deaf children and adults since 1980.
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