Social Networks and Theory of Mind Abilities in Children Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication
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Background: To be included in various social situations is important to children’s social development and learning in general. The aim of the present study was to examine social networks of children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Method: The social contacts of 14 children who use AAC were analysed using the Social Network Inventory. The children’s cognitive, linguistic and Theory of Mind (ToM) ability were also assessed. Results: The social networks consisted of few children and many professionals. There was positive correlation between aspects of ToM ability and the number of peer acquaintances in the children’s social network. Conclusions: The children’s social networks were limited, which may lead to little practice in different social situations and with different social relations. A limited social network may lead to an underdeveloped ToM and the correlation between aspects of ToM and the configurations of the children’s social network support this notion.
Social Networks, Theory of Mind, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-61119DiVA: diva2:360528