A Theory Of Mind And The Development Of Socially Competent Behaviour

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In addition, Whitbread et al believed pretend play involved skills that are associated with “developing a theory of mind” and the development of socially competent behaviour. Piaget 1662 view supports this as he states ‘One of the purest forms of symbolic thought available to young children, dramatic play contributes strongly to their intellectual development’. It can be seen that pretend play therefore builds upon cognition, preparing children mentally, acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought. Furthermore, Whitbread et al explained this as “understand the moods, emotions.. and perspectives of other people” and Robson 2006:76 also said “in their pretend play they often include reference to thinking and mental states, and children experienced in such talk are more mature in their later ability to mind read. From this compelling research it shows that pretend play encourages a child to think and learn about emotions and social skills. Woods, 2007 believed children whom have well-developed imaginary skills tend to be well liked by peers and to be seen as leaders. This is a result of their advanced communication skills, their greater capability to take the point of others and their ability to reason through social situations. Fernyhough and Fradley (2005) conducted a study investigating the relationship between language and play on one hundred and twenty children aged eighteen months old. Their study showed that children who had played symbolically exhibited a
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