Complex sentences with verbs of saying, thinking and wishing in English and BSL
Closely connected to the acquisition of Theory of Mind is the mastery of sentences with verbs of saying, thinking and meaning. For this reason, it makes sense to practise these with the children and young people during the training THE MIND READERS. You can find exercises for this in the module “Language“.
Sentences with verbs of saying, thinking and wishing require complementary sentences.
The special feature of these complex sentences is that the whole sentence can be true even though the complementary sentence may be false.
How to use emotional language with children
Teachers, educators and parents have an important role model function for the children. In spoken or signed interactions they can support children with different strategies that move them progressively toward stronger emotion understanding and acquisition of linguistic skills.
How is language promoted in THE MIND READERS
The development of Theory of Mind is linked to language development. For this reason, the training program THE MIND READERS also promotes the corresponding competences in English (in spoken and written form) as well as in British Sign Language.
The aim is for the children and young people to
- master a variety of linguistic expressions for feelings and mental states,
- understand and produce complex sentence structures in order to be able to communicate about one’s own feelings and thoughts and those of other people, and
- successfully participate in interactions about people’s desires, intentions and feelings.