Social cognition refers to the awareness of one’s own and other people’s mental states (i.e., acquiring a theory of mind), including emotions, motives, desires and feelings. These are the skills that help us to work together with others in tasks like reciprocal conversation, sharing, joining in play and developing friendships.
Some children may need more time or practice with the development of these important skills. Development of these skills is often delayed in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and sometimes those with ADD/ADHD.
If you have ever wondered about your child's ability to play or socialize as expected with other children, have simple back and forth conversations, understand /respond to classroom or home expectations and/or to understand another's perspective you are not alone. For the past 10 years I have worked with and helped to support families and schools in finding and using strategies to better support their children.