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Theory of Mind software for autism and other communication disorders  

Being able to understand that other people have their own goals, intentions, and beliefs (which may or may not be correct) - and that these epistemic states govern people's behavior - has been called Theory of Mind (ToM). Unfortunately, the development of ToM is severely delayed in many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as in oral deaf children who are not exposed to adequate language input and others with Specific Language Impairment. This research will develop and field-test intervention software designed to remediate language acquisition deficits that are reliably associated with poor performance on classic tests of ToM development. Progress toward this goal will provide an effective and efficient means of providing children with a basis for understanding language associated with epistemic states, and it is predicted, will also aid in the development of ToM abilities per se. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $949,376.00
Project Number 5R44DC008510-03
Principal Investigator Wilson, Mary
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Interventions)
Strategic Plan Objective 4O. Not specific to Question 4 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Laureate Learning Systems, Inc.
State/Country Vermont
Web Link 1 Theory of Mind software for autism and other communication disorders (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Theory of mind software for autism and other communication disorders | $798,241.00 | 2008 | R44DC008510-02