The Theory of Mind Deficit in Autism Spectrum Disorder Children and Social Engagement in Addressing Their Needs

By Norsiah Fauzan.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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This is a theoretical paper to address the problems and needs faced by children with Autism spectrum of psychological conditions and to propose the social engagement in addressing their needs. These includes collaboration from parents and professionals to provide the best educational practice for the children in schools. Children with autism are characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, as well as severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behavior. Information about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the theory of mind deficits were elaborated to understand the problems and needs of the learners in the school context. The author proposed the whole school approach involving the school counselor, the staff, the school management and family as the most effective mean of managing the challenging behavior of children with autism. The approach adapted from the report of Ministerial Advisory Committee: Students with Disabilities (MAC:SWD; 2006) that describes the quality educational practices for students with Asperger syndrome as observed in South Australian provide a useful resource for educators to assist the students with autism and their families.

Keywords: Autism, ASD, Educational Practice, Aspergers’s Syndrome

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.115-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.600MB).

Dr. Norsiah Fauzan

Senior Lecturer, Cognitive Science, University of Malaysia, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

I obtained my PhD in Cognition and learning from University of Durham, UK in 2003. The focus of my research was on meta-analysis and metacognition. My M.Ed (Curriculum and Instructions) was received in 1997 from Houston, Texas, USA and B.A. (Hon) degree in 1988 from USM, Penang. I’m the Member of Professional Bodies: EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instructions) and PROFES (Persatuan Perkembangan Pendidikan Sarawak). I joined the faculty of Cognitive Science and Human Resource, UNIMAS in 1999 where I taught several Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses and now actively involved in administrative work and research. My research interests is mainly in learning, psychology and meta-analysis and has written four books related to this area and written about 33 articles for the international conferences and journals.