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(Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy

(Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
To live in a world without empathy is to live in a world that is ego-centric, dog-eat-dog, focused on me. A world without empathy is a world where people don’t consider how things look from another person’s viewpoint, a place where other’s feelings, perceptions, intentions, and motives don’t matter.

 

Other problems arise in a loveless world. It would be impossible to trust anyone else as trust is built on leaps of faith and human compassion. We would have no way to experience the safety of others unless they exactly conformed to our expectations. Each of us would be self-appointed emperors of our own little world. Inevitably, it would be a rather lonely world.

 

However, a world of empathy is one where people feel safe, secure, and connected. It’s a place where we can trust that people are concerned for our needs and interests. It’s a world where people see into our hearts, and see through our eyes. A world with empathy is a world where people understand and care.

 

We as parents are armed with the abilities to help instill this in our children and unless there is an underlying neurological difficulty we can go a long way to making sure we raise emotionally literate and empathetic children.

 

 

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Cultivate Empathy in Your Students | Peace Praxis

Cultivate Empathy in Your Students | Peace Praxis | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
How do we encourage students to develop and express empathy and compassion? There is a lot we can do!

Check out these tips and strategies offered by Christa and Naomi, in this popular blog. Their book, Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 46 Character Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying will be published by Free Spirit Publishing in 2017.

Be kind out there!
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Es una verdad comprobada por toda la investigación sobre comunicación (por ejemplo, en el caso del autismo) que la inteligencia racional no funciona nunca bien sin que a la vez el cerebro use la inteligencia emocional. Por eso hay que cultivar la empatía.

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(Teaching Empathy) Empathy - This video describes some exercises to develop empathy.

This video describes some exercises to develop empathy.
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(Teaching Empathy) Read Anna Dewdney’s Essay on Teaching Children Empathy With Books

(Teaching Empathy) Read Anna Dewdney’s Essay on Teaching Children Empathy With Books | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
“However, empathy is as important as literacy. When we read with a child, we are doing so much more than teaching him to read or instilling in her a love of language.  We are doing something that I believe is just as powerful, and it is something that we are losing as a culture: by reading with a child, we are teaching that child to be human.  

 

When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else’s eyes.  I will go further and say that that child then learns to feel the world more deeply, becoming more aware of himself and others in a way that he simply cannot experience except in our laps, or in our classrooms, or in our reading circles.”

 

 

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Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training

Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Objectives

Participants will be able to describe:

  • Three key components of self-compassion
  • Key research supporting the benefits of selfcompassion
  • Techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  • Self-compassion approaches to alleviate caregiver burnout
  • Ways to teach basic self-compassion skills to clients

 

Topics Covered

Self-Compassion – Core Concepts

  1. Exercise: How Do I Treat a Friend?
  2. Self-Compassion Theory
  3. Exercise: Soothing Touch & Self-Compassion Break

 

Misgiving Living Deeply

  • Meditation: Giving and Receiving Compassion
  • Finding Hidden Value in Suffering
  • Exercise: Silver Linings ?
  • Exercise: Compassionate Listening Meeting Difficult Emotions ?
  • Stages of Acceptance ?
  • Exercise: Soften, Soothe, Allow ? Shame Self-Compassion for Caregivers ?
  • Meditation: Compassionate Friend ?
  • Empathetic Resonance ?
  • Caregiver Fatigue ?
  • Exercise: Self-Compassion with Equanimity ?
  • Self-Compassion for Clinicians Embracing Your Life ?
  • Negativity Bias ? Cultivating Happiness: Savoring and Gratitude ?
  • Exercise: Gratitude ? Self-Appreciation ?
  • Exercise: Appreciating What’s Good About Ourselves ?
  • Exercise: What Would You Like to Remember?

 

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

  1. Self-Compassion Research
  2. Meditation: Affectionate Breathing
  3. Present Moment Awareness and Resistance
  4. Relationship of Mindfulness and Compassion

 

Loving-Kindness and Compassion

  1. Meditation: Loving-Kindness for a Loved One
  2. Exercise: Compassionate Movement
  3. Backdraft
  4. Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice

 

 

  1. Why Do We Criticize Ourselves?
  2. Exercise: Compassionate Motivation
  3. Stages of Progress
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'Look Closer': Figure Drawing As A Lesson In Empathy

'Look Closer': Figure Drawing As A Lesson In Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Humans together since the beginning of our kind, straining to notice, humbling ourselves by trying and failing, permitting ourselves our vulnerabilities, while slowly being seduced into empathy by a burnt twig of charcoal, now a magic wand.

 

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A pleasant way to understand others?

 

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(Teaching Empathy) 7 Ways to Teach Empathy and Prevent Bullying

(Teaching Empathy) 7 Ways to Teach Empathy and Prevent Bullying | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Make sure your child’s emotional needs are met. It is very difficult for children to treat others kindly if they do not feel loved. Everyone knows that one of the reasons that kids bully others is that they don’t feel good about themselves. Parents cannot expect their kids to be loving and kind to others if they are not being treated with love and kindness. This is especially true for victims of bullying or victims of sibling bullying.

 

Here are seven ways you can teach your child empathy.

  1. Make sure your child’s emotional needs are met....
  2. Ensure kids can identify and share their feelings....
  3. Encourage kids to explore other perspectives...
  4. Model empathy using everyday opportunities...
  5. Teach kids to find common ground with others....
  6. Encourage kids to imagine how someone else feels....
  7. Talk to kids about how their behavior impacts others....

 

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Ideas We Should Steal: Teaching Empathy in Schools

Ideas We Should Steal: Teaching Empathy in Schools | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
In Denmark, students learn empathy the way they learn math, in school. Not coincidentally, the Danes are the happiest people on earth

What children do not come by naturally is empathy, the ability to understand another person’s perspective and want to help them. Empathy, as it turns out, is a skill—akin to math or science or writing—that must be taught, over and over and over. And it must be taught. Not only does empathy help turn children into more pleasing people; it also is a key to forging social connections that contribute to overall happiness and success.

 

BY ROXANNE PATEL SHEPELAVY

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8 back-to-school books that teach empathy for kids with special needs

8 back-to-school books that teach empathy for kids with special needs | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Books are a great way to teach empathy to kids because the stories themselves allow us to see things from another perspective, to connect with others, and to learn that, as Dr. Seuss teaches us in Horton Hears a Who, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

So I dug into some research and spoke to lots of other parents to select 8 terrific books for kids of different ages — from our preschoolers to our high schoolers — that teach empathy for kids who may be differently able

 

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From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness

From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

“When you read these books aloud, you can tell from their expressions that they are empathetic in relating to these characters. They understand what the characters are feeling,” says Sharon Rawlins, youth services specialist at the New Jersey State Library and president of the Collaborative Summer Library Program

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(Teaching Empathy) Denmark schools train students in empathy as early as preschool

(Teaching Empathy) Denmark schools train students in empathy as early as preschool | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
  • Danish children are exposed to lessons as early as preschool that are specifically designed to foster feelings of empathy and understanding.

  • The Atlantic reports a program called Step by Step presents young students with pictures of kids showing a range of emotions and helps them identify these feelings, talk about them and respect them.

  • Anti-bullying programs teach students to care more about each other, the CAT-kit program helps students develop empathy and emotional awareness and classroom teachers group students of mixed abilities to encourage collaboration, teamwork and respect across differences.


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From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness

From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
When you read these books aloud, you can tell from their expressions that they are empathetic in relating to these characters. They understand what the characters are feeling,” says Sharon Rawlins, youth services specialist at the New Jersey State Library and president of the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

[Want to teach your kids about empathy and compassion? Read aloud.]

Here are her suggestions for books that embody that:
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(Teaching Emapthy) The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child

(Teaching Emapthy) The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child
Empathy is the ability to feel with another human being. And we're getting worse at it. Parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, Ed.D., explains how you can help your child learn to be more empathetic.

 

Fortunately, empathy can be taught and cultivated. But we have to put our phones down to do it. "Empathy starts with face-to-face interaction," Dr. Borba said. Here, her top tips for helping your kid care more: 

 

Read (and talk) more...

Teach kindness....

Emphasize eye contact....

Share good news...

Establish your family values....

Do as you say...

 

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(Empathic Parenting) (Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy

(Empathic Parenting) (Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

 

Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Empathy moves us to share in another’s pain, to really see the world through their eyes. When we do, it very often changes the kind of decisions and actions we take.

 

 There are many definitions for empathy which encompass a broad range of emotional states. Types of empathy include

  • cognitive empathy,
  • emotional empathy, and
  • somatic empathy.

 

 

Teaching Empathy

  1. Treat children as individuals with minds of their own,
  2. Model empathy...
  3. Make kids aware of the similarities they share with others....
  4. Empathy involves perspective taking skills...
  5. Make a face....
  6. More oxytocin, “the bonding hormone”, can help better decode emotional meaning in facial expressions....
  7. Reassessment of the Milgram Experiments –Moral Disengagement...
  8. Express your feelings openly...
  9. Emotional vocabulary is key...
  10. Monitor and guide media use...

 

 

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EmpathyWorks: Why We Train & Coach Clinicians in Communication Skills and Motivational Interviewing

EmpathyWorks: Why We Train & Coach Clinicians in Communication Skills and Motivational Interviewing | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

This video was developed by the Veteran Health Administration (VHA)'s National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) to help VHA clinicians and leaders recognize the value of participating in NCP's patient-centered communication training.

 

NCP developed two training programs to meet clinicians' needs:

 

1) TEACH for Success (TEACH), which features basic communication skills in health education and health coaching: and 

 

2) Motivational Interviewing (MI), a clinical method for identifying and building patients' motivation to actively engage in self-care and health behavior change.

 

VHA's TEACH and MI programs were specifically designed for VHA primary care clinicians providing care in Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT), VHA's version of the patient centered medical home.

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Teaching Empathy Through Place-Based Education

Teaching Empathy Through Place-Based Education | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

By Jenny Pieratt

As a classroom teacher deeply committed to social justice, I was often confronted with frustration by students who made biased comments about peers, people in our community or groups throughout history.

At the heart of my frustration was a desire for students to have more empathy and compassion. It was easy to blame parents, upbringing or surroundings for the lack of these mindsets, but in reality, I had to also acknowledge my own teaching practices...

 

Once students were sent out into the field to interact with individuals in the community they heard stories that I could never relay to them in the same way. Through these exchanges, students began to see that their assumptions were often incorrect and, more importantly, they began to question those assumptions–where they came from and how they came to be.

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How Books Can Teach Your Child to Care:  How do we nurture and teach empathy in children?

How Books Can Teach Your Child to Care:  How do we nurture and teach empathy in children? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
I’ve spent quite a bit of time with children, and I have come to believe that the one key element to a successful, functional child in a classroom or social setting is the ability of that child to understand other children and adults  – in other words, empathy.

I worked with children who were terribly unkind to each other for a variety of reasons, but it was always the children who were unable to empathize that were the most challenging.  A child who is acting out due to anger or fear, but who ultimately recognizes that other individuals have feelings, can be readily helped; that child can learn to balance his emotional needs with those of others’.

 

However, a child who hurts another because he doesn’t see others as important individuals with feelings is a child who can’t be easily reached; how can you convince that child that the world outside himself matters?

 

By ANNA DEWDNEY

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Cornell University Intergroup Dialogue Project (idp) 

The Intergroup Dialogue Project (idp) is a social justice education program that helps students develop intergroup relations skills, thereby preparing them to live and work in an increasingly diverse world. Our courses are specially designed to empower students to communicate and collaborate across social, cultural, and power differences, and to promote equity and democracy in their communities.

 

With a strong emphasis on the sharing of personal stories, IDP’s peer-led model allows participants to teach and learn from each other’s lived experiences of privilege, oppression, and difference. Coupled with our thought-provoking selection of academic reading materials, IDP powerfully blends theory with experiential learning in pursuit of our key goals – raising consciousness of our myriad social identities, exploring the causes and effects of social inequities at the individual and structural levels, and strengthening individual and collective capacities to promote and advance social justice.

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 (Teaching Empathy) Mission impossible? Replacing abuse with empathy  - SOUTH AFRICA  

 (Teaching Empathy) Mission impossible? Replacing abuse with empathy  - SOUTH AFRICA   | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Abused in labour, depressed after giving birth – pregnancy can be a nightmare for women. But an inexpensive intervention is trying to change this by teaching caregivers to listen, empathise, and identify depression. 

 

“The PMHP has developed empathic training to address obstetric violence – the habitualised culture that enables the abuse of pregnant women. We can’t just plop in mental health services for women without fixing the sick environment,” adds Honikman, who is based at the University of Cape Town...

 

Empathic training focuses on role play, realistic case scenarios and small group engagement to illustrate the different components of empathic engagement and possible interventions.

 

“Participants role-play, as a group, the experience of what it is like to be the vulnerable mother engaging with a care worker. We facilitate ‘outing’ the aggressive, disrespectful interactions – the screaming and swearing at each other – in a way that is cathartic and funny,” says Honikman.

 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) Why Parents Need to Actually Teach Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) Why Parents Need to Actually Teach Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Children who develop empathy are much less likely to exhibit behavior problems. Take a proactive approach to teaching empathy in your home.

Parenting Strategies that Teach Empathy

Children don’t pick up on empathy skills all on their own. Instead, it’s important to take a proactive approach to helping them learn how to empathize. Here are several strategies that teach empathy:

 

1. Show your child empathy. If your child is upset, avoid saying things like, “There’s no need to cry,” or “Stop being a baby.” Acknowledge that all feelings are okay while also pointing out the importance of managing her behavior despite those feelings. A child who feels like others have empathy for her will be more able to show empathy for others.

 

2. Teach your child about feelings. Children need to develop the ability to verbalize and understanding their feelings. Start teaching your child simple feeling words early and make emotions a frequent topic of conversation as your child grows. Continue teaching more complex feelings as your child’s ability to understand emotions increases.

 

3. Create opportunities to talk about other people’s

feelings...

4. Role model altruism...

5. Teach self-discipline skills..

6. Talk about global needs...

 

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Childrens Books That Teach Empathy

Childrens Books That Teach Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
This collection of children’s books that teach empathy are perfect for those in preschool through about second grade, mainly because they’re picture books. However, my 5th grader will still pay attention when I’m reading to my 5 year old and I’m sure he’s absorbing these lessons as well.

 

A Sick Day For Amos McGee Sweet story about Amos McGee, a friendly elephant who spends his day serving others, until one day he falls ill and his friends spend time repaying his kindness.

Amazing Grace Meet spunky and smart Grace, a girl determined to chase her dreams despite stereotypes. One of the finest series for preschool & early elementary students.

A Chair For My Mother A definite favorite from my teaching days, after experiencing a fire in their home, a single mom and her daughter save spare coins to buy a comfy place to sit together after mom’s long days as a waitress.
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With Kids' Empathy on the Decline, Books and Talking Help

With Kids' Empathy on the Decline, Books and Talking Help | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Erik Fisher, a psychologist, and co-author of The Art of Empowered Parenting: The Manual You Wish Your Kids Came With, said this mother should help her son calm down by talking to him in a quiet voice and asking him how he might be able to show his friend that he was sorry.

A study by the University of Michigan found that college freshmen were 40% less empathetic than they were 30 years ago. The research analyzed nearly 14,000 college students over this period.

A new book, “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World,” by educational psychologist Michele Borba, is based on decades of interviews and research with over 500 kids. She agrees that technology is part of the problem, but she adds that there is too much emphasis on academic success and too little on emotional and social development.
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13 kids books to spark conversations about empathy

13 kids books to spark conversations about empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

There are many ways to instill empathy. One way to do this – beyond demonstrating empathy — is to read books that touch on the subject and spark a conversation about what it means to be empathetic. The following is a list of books to help you do just that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teaching kids empathy: In Danish schools, it’s … well, it’s a piece of cake

Teaching kids empathy: In Danish schools, it’s … well, it’s a piece of cake | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The Danes’ highly developed sense of empathy is one of the main reasons that Denmark is consistently voted one of the happiest countries in the world (this year it is once again number one). Empathy plays a key role in improving our social connections, which is a major factor in our overall happiness.

What many don’t realize is that empathy is a learned skill that many of us miss out on in America. In fact, some studies show empathy levels have dropped up to 40 percent in the U.S. in the last 30 years, while narcissism is on the steady rise.

 

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(Teaching Empathy) Why Danish Students Are Happier and More Empathetic

(Teaching Empathy) Why Danish Students Are Happier and More Empathetic | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Perhaps unlike their U.S. peers, kids in Denmark—where happiness levels are the highest on Earth—are taught in school to care for one another from a young age.

 

Training Activities

* Step by Step

Children in the Danish school system participate in a mandatory national program called Step by Step as early as preschool.  The children are shown pictures of kids who are each exhibiting a different emotion: sadness, fear, anger, frustration, happiness, and so on.

 

* CAT-kit 
This program is aimed at improving emotional awareness and empathy and focuses on how to articulate experiences, thoughts, feelings, and senses. Tools in the CAT-kit include picture cards of faces; measuring sticks to gauge intensity of emotions; and pictures of the body, on which participants can draw the physical aspects and location of emotions.

 

*My Circle:

Another tool is called My Circle: Children draw their friends, family members, professionals, and strangers in different parts of the circle as part of an exercise on learning to better understand others.

 

* Mary Foundation
named after the country’s crown princess and soon-to-be queen—has contributed to empathy training in schools, too. It’s anti-bullying program, which has been implemented across the country, encourages 3- to 8-year-olds to talk about bullying and teasing and learn to become more caring toward each other.

*interactive teaching 

 

by JESSICA ALEXANDER

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