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Communication and development of theory of mind in children with severe speech and physical impairment

Conference paper
Authors Annika Dahlgren Sandberg
Kerstin Falkman
Maria Larsson
Published in In Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Conference of ISAAC, the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Natal, Brazil, CD-ROM
Publication year 2004
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords Memory, severe speech and physical impairment, theory of mind,. verbal ability
Subject categories Psychology


Results from research on deaf children, who have acquired a sign language late in life, have revealed difficulties in the development of theory of mind, highlighting the role of communication in this development. From this perspective, the development of theory of mind in children with severe speech and physical impairments (SSPI) is most interesting. Findings from our research suggest that the children follow a normal pattern of development but with severe delay compared to children without disability. These results will be discussed in terms of early social and communicative experience as well as in terms of verbal ability and memory capacity.

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