Children who become aware of their own and other people’s emotions, motives, desires, and feelings are better able to understand, describe, and predict people’s mental states – thoughts, wants and feelings.
In turn, these skills help them to:
Know how to respond to the actions of others.
Become sensitive to the psychological state of others.
Engage in empathic, cooperative, and pro-social behaviours (e.g., sharing toys and helping others in need).
Adopt the perspective of others (e.g., in pretend play).
Beyond these benefits, social cognition skills help children to develop stronger language abilities making them better communicators.