Impaired Theory Of Mind Abilities & The Kids With Aspergers

Impaired Theory Of Mind Abilities & The Kids With Aspergers


We have a great advantage about predicting someone’s possible course of action or just comprehending what our peer is thinking of a specific thing by looking at their facial expressions and other gestures.

Same kind of liberty and feasibility is not practiced by the kids suffering from Asperger’s syndrome, and that is because they cannot understand the variations in expressions.

Let us have a look at a variety of different effects that they might face in day-to-day life as a result of impaired theory of mind abilities.


Difficulty in Understanding the Emotional Signals through Someone’s Eyes


Half of the discussion is done through eyes, where you make certain expressions and move your eyeball with a specific tone to give your counterpart a comprehensive feeling of how you feel about something.

Kids suffering from Asperger’s syndrome do not seem to be getting the hidden or rather accompanying messages in someone’s eyes and that is a great problem. Because if you cannot read someone’s eyes, you just lose half the gist of communication!


Making a Literal Interpretation


So an impaired Theory of Mind brings yet another trouble with it. Whenever someone says anything to us, we immediately start calibrating what he meant and what he could have meant but the case with kids undergoing the pinching of Asperger’s, is quite difficult.

For instance, if the kid is doing homework and he draws certain diagrams at the end of each task, it might be because the teacher demanded him to ‘draw conclusions’ at the end of each task.

Children who suffer from Asperger’s syndrome do not only face a strict time in determining the gestures, but even if we talk about the significance of understanding tone variations during communications, it is a complete chaos in their minds…


Honesty and Deception


Kids with Asperger’s syndrome are honest, quite extravagantly. In its truest essence, it is a very good habit, but on the long run, it might push them a bit on the back foot.

For instance, peers at this stage understand a pattern in their teacher’s methodologies and exploit any flaw that might exist. The most obvious instances to measure their deceptive capabilities is to wait until the end of homework submission deadline.

However, the case is not so with the pupils having Asperger’s syndrome. If they have not done the homework, they would admit it. If they have beaten someone, they would accept it publicly. If they have ridiculed someone, they would admit it, and in the worst case, if they have failed an examination, they would tell that as well.

After observing the ‘perks‘ of deception for some time, it is quite likely that these kids initiate deception tactics as well, but since their minds are impaired to coordinate any such activity, they would not be able to carry on for long because the elders will surely identify the childish anomalies.

If we particularly talk about the adults suffering from Asperger’s you would feel a definite and rather predictive pattern in their deceptive tactics because deception is not a part of their nature.

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