Fizz, Liz, and Theory of Mind

October 12, 2014

I failed to read any books on autism and Theory of Mind. Thus I am not sure if lack of ability to understand other people’s perspective is a characteristic of autism or a byproduct of mental retardation. I am not familiar with specific research on the subject – either methods or conclusions.
I don’t know if the research led to recommendation about possible treatment.
For the last few days, however, Robert tried to understand the other people perspectives with the help of Fizz, Liz, and Owen.
Although Owen is a giant while Liz and Fizz are hardly one inch tall, they, nonetheless, live on two identical islands with the same landforms, plants, and animals. But of course for Liz and Fizz, their island presents itself very differently than Owen’s island appears to him. Both islands were created by authors of Reasoning and Writing Part B and became tolls in understanding other people’s perspectives. As Owen exchanges letters with Liz and Fizz describing his environment, Robert is supposed to help Liz and Fizz describe exactly the same objects as seen from their, rather short, point of view. A series of lessons should lead to understanding of how the things that seem little for some people can appear to be huge for others. Robert reads, measures, compares, and writes the response from Fizz and Liz by replacing adjective “small” from Owen’s letter by “big” or “huge”. Yes, Robert writes almost automatically, but I am not sure he understands the concept.
We still have a few more units till the end of the story, and a few more chances for Robert to understand different perspectives, and a few more chances for me to understand Robert’s understanding.

October 13, 20014
Yesterday evening and this morning, Robert and I read and analyzed two stories from The Reading Comprehension Kit for Hyperlexia and Autism by Phyllis Kupperman. In a way, the two stories Sounds in the Big Woods and Wondering About the Big Woods supplemented Fizz, Liz, and Owen’s tales with an opposite idea. The idea that different characters, Cassie Coyote and Grace Givens (a girl), can perceive the world and act in it in a similar or “symmetrical” manner.

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