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UNDERSTANDING THE DEVELOPMENT {AND SPLINTER SKILLS} OF PERSPECTIVE TAKING

Engaging successfully in Perspective Taking requires a lot of  “splinter skills.”

While there is a developmental scope and sequence for Perspective Taking, for our kiddos, development is usually uneven, and skills are often scattered; leaving us trying to figure out what to teach, much like a puzzle.

 

 

I recommend spending some time figuring out, as best you can, where the student is at {in their perspective taking development} and which skills are lacking.  Then, start your teaching with the developmentally earliest skill on that list, and move along up the scale as you see success.

 

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL DEVELOPMENT OF PERSPECTIVE TAKING?

 

Here is a very basic overview:

Preschoolers:  These kiddos are just starting to figure out that people can have different feelings than they do.  This is at a very basic level…they mostly still think that other people share their feelings. 

 Kindergarten – Second Graders:  These kiddos are starting to have some ideas about what others may be thinking or feeling.

Third – Fifth Graders:  These kiddos are beginning to understand that others may have different perspectives than they do.

  

What Should I Teach To Support This Development?

 

 Here are some ideas:

To help Preschoolers {or students who are at this developmental level} learn the skills necessary to take perspective; you may want to teach feelings words, the five senses {what can I see, hear, taste and touch}, noticing others, following social rules and basic problem solving.

 

To help Kindergarteners, First and Second Graders {or students who are at this developmental level} learn the skills necessary to take perspective; you may want to teach emotions identification and variation or scale of emotions, expressing emotions, demonstrating expected behavior when feeling big emotions, following rules and why we do, and cause and effect.

To help Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders {or students who are at this developmental level} learn the skills necessary to take perspective; you may want to teach about motive and intent, compromise, non-verbal communication, sarcasm, inferential language and deception {detection and responding to it}. 

Below is a fun and easy activity to help you teach your upper elementary students, how to understand and interpret Body Language.

 

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Thanks So Much and Happy Teaching!

Cindy ~Socially Skilled Kids

 

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