A Screening Tool of Social Cognition for Preschool Children

Yu Jin, MD, Guan Han, MD, Zhaoxi Wang, MD, Xue-Jun Kong, MD, Jin Jing, MS


Theory of Mind (TOM) tests can be used to assess the development of children’s social cognition has received. However, currently there is no Chinese version of TOM tests as screening tools for identification of children who are likely to have communication disorders and for early detection of ASD. Based on a Japanese version of TOM tests, we modified to form a Chinese Version and investigated its reliability and validity among 1095 preschool children in Guangzhou, China. The results demonstrated that the Chinese version of TOM test had good psychometrics properties, with adequate reliability and validity. In particular, the TOM test is appropriate for assessing the social cognition level of Chinese children.


preschool children, Theory of Mind, autism spectrum disorders

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