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Spectrum Chats: Flexible Thinking and Perspective Taking

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom
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  • Flexible Thinking & Perspective Taking
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Spectrum Chats: Flexible Thinking and Perspective Taking 


Having good social skills is important to being successful at work and in life. But what are good social skills? And how does a person get them? Individuals with autism often have difficulty with theory of mind (i.e., perspective-taking) to varying degrees. This contributes to miscommunication or misunderstandings with others.  Luckily, for many people, good social skills can be learned, and it starts with perspective-taking. Learning how to use perspective-taking in order to adapt to people and situations allows us to be more flexible in our thinking, to be better heard and understood, and to have a higher chance of getting our needs met. In this presentation, participants will learn what perspective taking is, the steps to doing it, and how to apply it to situations they may encounter. Resources will also be provided for those who want to learn more. 


Moderator: Toni Nguyen, is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Tennessee.  Over the past five years, she has specialized in working with adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She enjoys working with this population to determine their personal strengths and challenges in order to develop functional goals and accommodations to improve cognitive-communication abilities, increase independence, and implement individualized strategies/tools to facilitate success in the community and the workplace.


Workshop Goals:

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

i) Define perspective-taking

ii) Understand the steps of perspective-taking

iii) Consider how others perceive and respond to their behavior

iv).  Apply flexible thinking to the people and situations around them (i.e., the workplace, casual lunches, etc.) in order to navigate behaviors for better social outcomes


If you have situations that have occurred that you would like the presenter to use as an example of using perspective-taking, send an email describing the situation to outreach@autismtn.org


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