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How Asperger Syndrome-High Functioning Autism Impact Theory of Mind and Emotional Intelligence


Date: Tuesday February 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST


This presentation will provide participants with a full understanding of the Theory of Mind
and how it relates to Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism. This concept can help explain
why many individuals with this diagnosis act the way they do.

Participants will learn of Baron-Cohen's attempt at assessing the Theory of Mind through the
"Sally-Anne Test" and why this testing technique often creates a false negative allowing one
to assume the skill is present when in reality it isn't.

You will understand why this test doesn't provide the necessary information needed to address
the core social deficits of this population. You will learn how perspective taking is a
fundamental concern when treating Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism.

Participants will be provided with the latest research in Theory of Mind as it relates to how
individuals with this diagnosis think and believe. It will describe the difficulty these
individuals have in attributing mental states in context and help participants understand why
prompts are critical for positive change for appropriate social behavior to occur. It will
describe symptoms related to faulty Theory of Mind with special emphasis on paranoia,
understanding emotions, predicting the behavior and emotional states of others, understanding
perspective taking, inferring the intentions of others, recognizing that one's behavior
impacts how others think and/or feel, joint attention, social conventions, as well as
differentiating fiction from fact.

At the completion of this presentation, you will be able to view your clients diagnosed with
Asperger syndrome/High Functioning Autism in a different manner. You will be able to develop
strategies to help them achieve success, not only in your office, but also in any social
setting. Learning how to develop the skill of social awareness is critical for generalization
to occur. How one develops this skill is a major focus of this presentation.

Why should you Attend: Ultimately, we learn social skills by being shamed. When a three year-
old child has an itchy butt, he simply reaches back and scratches. It doesn't matter who is
nearby. He has an itch and it needs to be scratched. Eventually the child gets older and
realizes that if he is observed, the likelihood is high that he will be ridiculed.

He doesn't want to be ridiculed and so he begins to realize that people are making judgment
calls about him based on how he acts. This cause-effect concept is the basis for social
awareness. Everything else in the field of social skills falls within this concept. People can
and do, make judgment calls about other people. They base these judgments on what a person
does or does not do.

In the field of counseling, a heavy emphasis is placed on how you feel about things.
Unfortunately, the individual diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism does
not realize the importance of this scenario in the schema of social acceptance. "You shouldn't
make fun of me! I needed to scratch my butt!" This is the reply often used by these

They fail to put the onus where it belongs - on them. Treatment must help these individuals
understand the reality that no matter what they think, people will judge them. So how do you
want people to judge you, positively or negatively? The choice is yours.

This session will provide you with evidence based tools to do just that.

Areas Covered in the Session:

Define the term "Theory of Mind"
Describe how Asperger syndrome/High Functioning Autism and Theory of Mind relate
Describe how Perspective taking is Dependent upon an intact Theory of Mind
List Deficits Related to Theory of Mind
List Techniques designed to increase Social Awareness and Regulate Emotions

Who Will Benefit:
Anyone who Works with Individuals with Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism

Speaker Profile
Timothy P. Kowalski, M.A.,C.C.C. is a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in
social-pragmatic communication deficits and an internationally known expert on Asperger
Syndrome. His Orlando practice has seen clients from Europe, South America and throughout the
USA. He regularly consults to schools on best practices for students identified or suspected
of having Asperger syndrome and provides school-wide district in-services. He is a guest
lecturer at universities and colleges and is also a consultant for forensic cases involving
Asperger syndrome.

Price - $139
Contact Info:
Netzealous LLC - MentorHealth
Phone No: 1-800-385-1607
Fax: 302-288-6884
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