November 2-4, 2018
Chicago Marriott Northwest
Hoffman Estates, Illinois 

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Sunday, November 4 • 8:30am - 12:00pm
Who Am I and Who Are You? A Learning Disability Approach to Theory of Mind

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Theory of Mind (ToM) is the ability to recognize and understand one’s own perspective and the perspective of others. Skills that contribute to ToM, while often found deficient in Autism Spectrum Disorder, are frequently presumed to be intact in individuals who are not on the spectrum. Nevertheless, people with other developmental neurological disorders such as ADHD can also have challenges with ToM. Educational therapists regularly employ cognitive strategies to remediate learning disabilities. This presentation will focus on how similar types of interventions can be used for improving ToM.

Participants will be able to: define Theory of Mind and describe the impact of ToM deficits; explain approaches and give examples of resources for teaching ToM; and summarize case studies showing the impact of targeted methods on the development of ToM.


Sheryl Pruitt, MEd, ET/P

Sheryl K. Pruitt is the Clinical Director of Parkaire Consultants, a clinic she founded to serve neurologically impaired individuals. Prior to Parkaire’s establishment, Ms. Pruitt conducted an exemplary State of Georgia Model Learning Disability Program and taught behavior-disordered... Read More →

Sunday November 4, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm CST
Prairie Stone Ballroom IV