A New Take on the "Thinking with Our Eyes" Task
Sunday, June 24, 2012 10:15 AM
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) demonstrate deficits in joint attention and theory of mind. This presentation describes a modified version of the “Thinking with Our Eyes” task from the Social Thinking Dynamic Assessment protocol, including task components, examples of task opportunities, scaffolding procedures, and coding.
Videos will be shown to exemplify task opportunities, to compare performance of children with typical development and those with ASD, and to provide a chance for the audience to practice coding child responses. Data supporting the task's reliability and construct validity will be presented, including comparisons between a sample of children with typical development and those with ASD. Clinical implications of this modified task will be discussed.
- Participant will be able to define intention-reading and state why it is critical for successful social communication.
- Participant will be able to describe modifications made to the “Thinking with Our Eyes” task, and give examples of how these modifications could be incorporated into their own assessment of children's social communication abilities.
- Participant will be able to describe important features of children's intention-reading responses, and how these can be coded.