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Children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder often do not engage in pretend play. This condition is related to theory of the mind and the lack of intersubjectivity. Discuss theory of the mind and intersubjectivity and related reasons that impede pretend play. Give strategies for nurturing this type of play.
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Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective


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Suggested Responses: Students should define theory of the mind as the beliefs about what a mind is, how it works, and how it might be controlled. A lack of this concept keeps children in an egocentric perspective, prevents them from developing control over their own thought processes, and makes it impossible to comprehend how one could imagine (have an idea in their mind) what isn't in reality. Intersubjectivity should be defined as the ability to share a common understanding about something with another person. This ability requires an understanding that differences in understanding might exist (theory of mind) and is necessary if two children are to agree to imagine and enact a scenario. In pretend play, children must be able to put aside their own immediate perceptions of reality to engage in imaginary scenarios, listen to and understand another's viewpoint and wishes, and cooperate with others in role-playing. This type of play is encouraged by direct intervention and teaching of simple pretend actions, encouraging functional play within sociodramatic settings, and prompting other children to engage with and show autistic children how to pretend.
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