Thinking about You, Thinking about Me: Philosophy and Strategies for Facilitating the Development of Perspective Taking for Students with Social Cognitive Defects

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Jessica Kingsley, 2003 - Autism - 207 pages
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Students with social cognitive learning deficits face enormous challenges not only in their day-to-day relations with the world around them, but also in the fact that few professionals, educational or medical, understand the core of these student's deficits.

One fundamental deficit relates to perspective taking - the ability of one person to consider the point of view and motives of another. Although this sounds like a simple process, it is in fact a hugely complex task that is crucial to successful interpersonal relations, and is a skill that anyone with a social cognition disability will struggle with. This book addresses the different ways this problem can present itself, the current thinking on how to approach the problem and a wealth of exercises and activities that can immediately be applied to the student. Illustrated with clear diagrams and tables, and with photocopiable handouts, this accessible text will be invaluable for anyone assessing, living with or teaching children and adults with this most abstract of all learning disabilities.

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About the author (2003)

Michelle Garcia Winner is a speech and language pathologist who runs a private practice in San Jose, California, devoted to the needs of students with social cognitive deficits. She has previously worked in medically based neuro-rehabilitation, in public schools and for the Indiana Resource Center for Autism. Her first book, Inside Out, is also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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