Running a Theory of Mind Intervention

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Welcome to Running a Theory of Mind Intervention

The training aims to equip educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to help their students understand and navigate the social world more effectively.

It includes training and resources to get you started.

  • Ideal for families and professionals
  • Perfect staff CPD
  • Includes CPD Certificate
  • Accessible for 14-days
  • This webinar is free to Ultimate and Ultimate+ Members without any time restrictions.

This training is designed for education professionals looking to run a 6-week+ intervention to enhance Theory of Mind skills in pupils, particularly those with social difficulties.
Theory of Mind (ToM) is crucial for fostering empathy, effective communication, and successful social interactions.  The training aims to equip educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to help their students understand and navigate the social world more effectively.

The Importance of this Intervention

  • 85% of autistic adults in the UK report having difficulty understanding social cues. This is a higher percentage than the reported difficulty among adults in the general population, which is around 50%.
  • 76% of autistic adults in the UK report having difficulty interpreting facial expressions. This is also a higher percentage than the reported difficulty among adults in the general population, which is around 33%.
  • 64% of autistic adults in the UK report having difficulty understanding sarcasm and other forms of indirect communication. This is also a higher percentage than the reported difficulty among adults in the general population, which is around 40%.
  • 54% of autistic adults in the UK report having difficulty understanding non-verbal cues such as body language and gestures. This is also a higher percentage than the reported difficulty among adults in the general population, which is around 30%.
  • 48% of autistic adults in the UK report having difficulty understanding the intentions of others. This is also a higher percentage than the reported difficulty among adults in the general population, which is around 25%.

Note:  This is a neurodivergent affirming intervention, it does not encourage masking, it is focused on skills.

By the end of the session, you will have a greater understanding of:

  • Understand Theory of Mind: Gain an overview of what ToM is and why it’s crucial for social development.
  • Recognise Challenges: Identify common challenges in students with ToM difficulties.
  • Intervention Strategies: Learn effective strategies for enhancing ToM in students.
  • Use of Visual Supports: Explore the use of visual supports, such as social stories and social scripts, for ToM development.
  • Promote Inclusivity: Explore double empathy and why it’s important to understand when running a social skills intervention with neurotypical and neurodivergent students.

Resources

The resources provided include images, videos, and lesson plans – understanding emotions in self and others is complex and therefore the videos provided cut through this complexity – to give the facilitator everything they need to make this intervention successful.

Lesson Plans

  • Lesson Plan 1 – Name the Feeling
  • Lesson Plan 2 – How do I Feel
  • Lesson Plan 3 – Scenarios
  • Lesson Plan 4 – Social Rules
  • Lesson 5 – Healthy Boundaries
  • Using Social Stories

Assessments

  • Social Skills Assessment Tracker
  • Whole Child Assessment Tracker

Activity Resources

  • Emotion Images and Words
  • Name the Feeling Images and Videos
  • Emotional Awareness Question Cards
  • Scenario Cards
  • ToM – Scenario Videos

Training Duration:  58mins

How to Access the Training

  • Add the item to your basket and proceed to checkout
  • Once the order is processed, it will appear in your account and receive an email confirmation
  • To access simply click on ‘Watch Webinar’
  • This link will remain valid for 14-days
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