Episode 6: Theory of Mind

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Episode 6 Show Notes

On today’s episode of All Ears at Child’s Voice: A Hearing Loss Podcast, Tatum and Jessica interviewed Landon Lacey on the topic of Theory of Mind. Here are some of the takeaways:

Theory of mind is the idea that someone can know that what is in their head is different than what is in someone else’s head.
Children with hearing loss have difficulty with theory of mind because of a variety of factors, including:
The requirement of understanding abstract language (emotion words) and mental state words (think, wonder, believe)
Decreased incidental learning (not overhearing as many conversations)
These deficits appear in children with hearing loss as early as 17-26 months (Meristo et al., 2012)
There are things we can do about it!

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