Intention Detective

Our reactions in the context of social interactions are based on a series of lighting quick decisions based on our perception of the intent of the other person. Was that name mix up an accident, or a deliberate attempt to upset me? 

For children on the autism spectrum, the ingredients of intuiting intent, reading facial expression, interpreting tone of voice, synthesizing contextual factors, may not come naturally. In the Kids Cooperate social skills group this week, we used this flow chart based on Relationship Development Intervention to play "Intention Detective".

I created this visual representation of the decision tree of intuiting intent.

Autism social skills groups: understanding intention