Wired magazine once challenged 39 sci-fi writers and creative types to put their artistry to test by writing a 6-word story. Author of beloved Wicked series, Gregory Maguire came back with a clever riposte, “From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.” These simple string of words sets the brain’s into motion. It wonders, what are the men are thinking, what are they feeling, what was the author thinking, and what do the other readers make of this. While a good writer tickles the reader’s imagination, a good reader imagines the mind and the inner workings of the imaginator extraordinaire. The brain’s highly developed prefrontal cortex is responsible for the Theory of Mind or granting humans the ability to think about one’s own thinking and thinking of others. This episode, my guest Dr. Carol Westby returns to discuss the ways to promote the development of Theory of Mind.
About Carol Westby, Ph.D.
Carol Westby, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language-pathologist and educational consultant. She has written and presented workshops nationally and internationally on play, language-literacy development and disabilities, theory of mind, social-communication impairments, and multicultural issues in assessment and intervention. She has received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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