(January 25, 2013 – Winooski, VT) Laureate Learning Systems, a leading publisher of special needs software, recently released a research-based program called Language for Theory of Mind™ 1: Understanding Others’ Perceptions, Wants, & Needs. This all-new program was developed with the support of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Theory of Mind (ToM) involves the recognition that other people have perceptions, desires, knowledge, thoughts, and beliefs which influence their behavior. Deficits in ToM are pervasive in students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and are also common among students with language and hearing impairments.

“Over the past decade, researchers have increasingly recognized the importance of language for the development of ToM,” says Dr. Mary Sweig Wilson, a practicing speech-language pathologist and President of Laureate Learning Systems. “This program provides the language foundation that children with autism need to understand and interact in the social world.”

Fundamental to the development of a ToM is an appreciation of how others come to possess information. This program helps children understand what others can or cannot see, feel, hear, taste, and smell. It also introduces other people’s wants and needs which is important to understanding their behavior.

Language for Theory of Mind 1: Understanding Others’ Perceptions, Wants, & Needs features Optimized Intervention® technology, a powerful, innovative system uniquely designed for the curriculum that tracks detailed information about a student’s performance and automatically adjusts the instructional delivery to provide a highly individualized learning experience. Extensive data and provides built-in reports allow professionals to quickly and easily review a student’s progress over time.

Since 1982, Laureate Learning Systems has been dedicated to publishing award-winning special needs software. Founded by two speech-language pathologists, Laureate offers a complete line of software for children and adults with autism, language-learning disabilities, physical impairments, and reading difficulties. For more information, contact Laureate Learning Systems, Inc, 110 East Spring Street, Winooski, VT 05404; Phone: 800-562-6801; Fax: 802-655-4757; Website: LaureateLearning.com

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