Theory of Mind & importance of over hearing

Contact Name: Lyndsey Allen

Contact Email: lyndsey@earfoundation.org.uk

Lyndsey Allen graduated in 2001 with a BSc honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy. From 2005 until 2011, she worked as a Specialist SLT with the children’s cochlear implant programme in Birmingham where she followed the three year certification process to become an Auditory Verbal Therapist. She is founder of the Auditory Verbal Lounge an independent practice offering AVT to children and families in the UK and she also Co-ordinates the professional education programme for a renowned charity The Ear Foundation. Designing and delivering courses for developing listening she presents nationally and internationally on a range of topics. Her special interests are working with children from spoken bilingual families and the use of daily routines to develop spoken language through listening, a topic on which she has published.

Without a well developed Theory of Mind, or mind reading, the world would be a scary unpredictable place. Our insights into the thoughts of other people are the basis of our emotional intelligence, arguably something more important than IQ. Exploring key concepts in Theory Of Mind, this talk will assert the need to consider distance hearing for incidental learning. Overhearing and listening in to other people’s conversations provides an environment that is rich in opportunities for developing Theory of Mind.

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