At ages six to twelve, ToM can be assessed using the Strange Stories test. The test begins with simple stories of common social situations. For example, to test if a child can understand that his words can hurt people, he is read a story about a boy who hates the gift his parents got him for his birthday yet tells them that he loves it.
Most children by age seven understand that this type of white lie is usually acceptable in order to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. The Asperger’s Disorder child at the same age cannot understand why the boy would lie. In this test, the stories become more complex and test more advanced ToM skills such as understanding jokes, pretending, misunderstanding, persuading, figures of speech, irony, forgetting, bluffing, and contradictory emotions. Stories From Everyday Life and ToM Test are two other tools evaluators and therapists may use to measure and monitor progress in your child’s ToM abilities.
These tests can be very useful in helping your child’s therapist set specific goals for treatment. Periodic readministration of the tests can help measure progress.