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6 ways to help your children develop empathy

6 ways to help your children develop empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy helps us to understand each other better and contribute to the well-being of the world,” explains Stéphanie Couturier, an occupational therapist, psychologist, and author. “With the right tools, we develop better communication. The richer a child is in empathy, the stronger and more intense are his relationships. It’s an interior richness that flourishes when linked to an understanding of the world of emotions.”

Before we can develop empathy, Couturier reminds us, we must understand the full range of emotions; pay attention to others and be available for them; be open to listening to people without judging them; be able to set and maintain boundaries, and be sincere. This goes hand in hand with learning to think about the impact our words and actions can have on other people

 

  • “I understand you.”
  • “Can you put yourself in their place?”
  • “Try to remember the expression on your friend/brother/cousin’s face.”
  • “What do you think made Mary so happy?”
  • “Can you say I forgive you (and mean it)?
  • “Words can also be very hurtful.”
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Compassion Is Like a Muscle That Gets Stronger With Training

Compassion Is Like a Muscle That Gets Stronger With Training | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
But, if a picture is worth a thousand words, this distressing photo encapsulates the significance of a new study, “Visual Attention to Suffering After Compassion Training Is Associated With Decreased Amygdala Responses (link is external),” recently published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. This study was conducted at the Center for Healthy Minds (link is external) in Madison, Wisconsin. 

The primary research question for this study was, "What if, just like strengthening a muscle, we could train ourselves to be more compassionate and calm in the face of others' suffering?" The good news: After just two weeks of compassion meditation (link is external) training—which is also commonly referred to as loving-kindness meditation (link is external) (Fredrickson et al., 2008)—study participants felt less distress and more heartfelt compassion when looking at images of another person suffering.
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Design Thinking: Getting Started with Empathy | Interaction Design Foundation

Design Thinking: Getting Started with Empathy | Interaction Design Foundation | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy is an important element in Design Thinking and Human-Centred Design. What is empathy exactly? Why is empathy so important to designing solutions that actually work for people? Here, we’ll not only look at what empathy means, but will also look at how it helps design thinkers create solutions that work and, conversely, how a lack of empathy can result in product failure. We’ll also come to understand the empowering notion that everyone can master empathy and design truly human-centred solutions.

 

Empathise methods

The following are our favourite Empathise methods

  • Assume a beginner’s mindset
  • Ask What-How-Why
  • Ask the 5 whys
  • Conduct interviews with empathy
  • Build empathy with analogies
  • Use photo and video user-based studies
  • Use personal photo and video journals
  • Engage with extreme users
  • Story share-and-capture
  • Bodystorm
  • Create journey maps

 

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Psychodramatic Methods in Family Therapy

Psychodramatic Methods in Family Therapy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Interpersonal understanding is another way of describing empathy, operationally defined as one person tuning in to what it’s like to be in the situation of another person. This includes some consideration of the uniqueness of that other person, the likelihood of different tastes, temperament, background. Empathy can be taught through the psycho-dramatic technique of role reversal,

 

of having one person take the role of the other. In that role, the person is interviewed, coached, and drawn out until he or she begins to experience a complex of imaginal associa¬tions. In order to be successful, role reversal requires that the individ¬ual’s feelings be engaged, not just his or her intellect.


... In family therapy, it becomes a playful challenge for, say, a child to watch his father take the boy’s role and be interviewed by the therapist as the boy. Intermittently, the therapist pauses, asks the real boy for corrections, and coaches the father. The goal is to encourage empathy, not to humiliate the person attempting the task, so the therapist should use this technique with tact (Remer 1986).

Another benefit of having people attempt to take each others’ roles in family therapy is that it promotes trust. It’s intuitively obvious that when one person attempts to feel into the situation of the other, the act of empathizing reduces barriers of insensitivity

 

Charles E. Schaefer & Lois J. Carey (Eds.),
Family Play Therapy. (October, 1994) Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.

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Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition Weekend of July 27-29 | Esalen

Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition Weekend of July 27-29 | Esalen | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

There is a powerful connection between your emotions, intuition, and empathy. The magic comes when you learn how to tap into each of them to fully access your sensitivities without going on overload or becoming drained. Join Judith Orloff to awaken your intuition and empathy to enhance your health, work, relationships, resilience as a parent, and emotional and physical well-being.

This workshop offers practical skills to help everyone, including health care practitioners, increase their empathy and intuition to improve the quality of their lives and their work with patients and clients in clinical practice.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Access intuition and empathy and recognize blocks
  •  Tell the difference between empathy and being an empath
  •  Use strategies to prevent sensory overload which can lead to addictions, overeating, and anxiety
  • Avoid emotional hangovers and compassion fatigue
  • Stop absorbing other people’s stress
  •  Combat narcissists and other energy vampires
  • Express your empathic needs in relationships
  • Heal with intuition and empathy
  • Use oracle cards to receive intuitive guidance
  • Read the body language of others
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Educator's Guide to Active Listening by Leah Davies, M.Ed.

By Leah Davies, M.Ed.
Active listening focuses attention on the speaker and includes listening and restating what was heard. This form of listening helps students feel valued and connected to the adults in their school and enhances mutual understanding. Studies demonstrate that when children sense that they are an accepted part of a school community, they are more motivated to learn.

Active listening can be used in short encounters to defuse a situation. For example, if a child says,”I hate Justin…” the teacher might respond, “You're really angry.” The child may say, “Yes, I am. He hit me for no reason!” Then the teacher might state, “Would you like to write down what happened?” or “Would you like to tell Justin how you feel?” The teacher could then encourage the student to use the “When you ______, I feel__________, because _________” statement

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Empathy 101: Enjoying Difficult People - 92Y, New York

Empathy 101: Enjoying Difficult People - 92Y, New York | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Have you ever reached an impasse with colleagues, clients, family or friends — and not seen a solution or way out? Is there someone in your office or at home who never seems to cooperate or make things easy for you and others?

In this interactive workshop, learn practical skills to resolve and avoid difficult and time consuming impasses. Learn how to navigate challenging conversations in a game-changing way to get immediate clarity, empowerment and results while restoring long-term confidence, trust and connection.
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(Teaching Empathy) Teaching with Heart: Empathy in the Classroom 

(Teaching Empathy) Teaching with Heart: Empathy in the Classroom  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
How can empathy be improved?

Since empathy has a subconscious nature, specific training in empathy is required to bring greater awareness to and understanding of verbal and nonverbal communication. An in-depth training protocol, grounded in neuroscience, has been developed that combines didactic, skill-based, and experiential training modules to improve empathy and relational skills in medical residents. 

 

While this training program could be adapted to improve the empathy of our faculty, perhaps a better first step is a simpler approach to learn these skills. The E.M.P.A.T.H.Y. checklist, developed by Dr. Helen Riess from Harvard Medical School, is an excellent tool to improve the nonverbal communication skills for clinicians.

 

Similarly, this concept could be used as a training tool for faculty members to enhance communication skills and improve the teacher/student relationship. Here is the E.M.P.A.T.H.Y. checklist with our new thoughts added.

E: eye contact – make sincere and meaningful eye contact with students
M: muscles of facial expression – show your kind, smiling face
P: posture – face toward students when you talk to them
A: affect – feel what students feel
T: tone of voice – talk in an enthusiastic tone with encouragement and empowerment
H: hearing the whole student – be a good listener
Y: your response – be available, be constructive, be considerate, be fun

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(Teaching Empathy) Improving Medical Students’ Empathy | Empathy in Medical Schools

(Teaching Empathy) Improving Medical Students’ Empathy | Empathy in Medical Schools | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The decline in compassion, humanism, and empathy of medical students is a dire problem, as patients use these very characteristics to rate their satisfaction with their medical care. The next question that often arises is “Can people learn to be empathetic?”

 

An article in The New York Times titled “Can Doctors Learn Empathy”, says that yes, empathy can be learned and is not solely a hard-wired ability that someone is born with. Traditionally in the past, teaching empathy consisted of “lectures, role-playing exercises, and supervised practice in interviewing skills for medical students . . .” (Benbassat and Baumal 833).

 

In addition, medical students try to foster discussions among themselves about their patient encounters, and some medical schools have first-year students shadow patients or be admitted into the hospital for one day to have their own “hospital experiences”.

 

While these methods have increased empathy, empathy still declines during medical school and clerkships, so new methods of addressing this decline must be investigated.

Here are three methods of attempting to improve students’ empathy in medical school training:

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(Teaching Empathy) 3 Ways to Teach Empathy in the Classroom

(Teaching Empathy) 3 Ways to Teach Empathy in the Classroom | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy is one of the most important skills for kids to learn. It will help them to become kinder, stronger individuals. As a teacher, you have a great opportunity to help students become empathetic. In your classroom, you can give students the opportunity to practice empathy. Try making it fun with engaging activities. And don’t forget to practice empathy yourself. You’re an excellent role model for your students!

 

 

1. Creating Opportunities to Practice Empathy

  1. Encourage students to get to know one another. 
  2. Start a Random Acts of Kindness Project. 
  3. Help students find volunteer opportunities.

2. Planning Interactive Activities

  1. Take a “temperature check” at the beginning of class.
  2. Use the “write around” if you’d like students to work on writing skills.
  3. Use an appreciation box as an ongoing activity.
  4. Choose books that inspire empathy.
  5. Hold a class discussion about the book you all read. 

 

3. Demonstrating Empathy with Your Actions

  1. Be a good role model. 
  2. Listen actively.
  3. Help students understand point of view. 

 

 

 

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Can you learn empathy?

Can you learn empathy? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
This human quality is sometimes in short supply, but here's how you can increase yours.

 

Some easy empathy exercises include:

  • Really listening to a friend. Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. When you want to say something, nod your head instead. Just hear what the person is telling you, believe that what he is telling you about his emotions is true for him, and then listen some more. Don't judge. Then, listen some more.
  • Talk to strangers: This might be tough for introverts, so if you aren't always comfortable chatting about random stuff, remember that a conversation can happen anywhere, including online. The point is to communicate with someone who is different from you. If you're older, talk to a kid; if you're online all day for your job, talk to someone who works with their hands. If you don't know what to talk about, ask about the person's work or what their last vacation was like.
  • Think about who made your clothes or your car, or your meal. At the grocery store, imagine whose hands may have picked your oranges, or who made the pre-packaged sushi plate you've picked up.
  • Read novels or short stories, or go to a play about people whose lives are different from yours.
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(Empathy Training) Empathy Thumball 

(Empathy Training) Empathy Thumball  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Players respond to prompts on this ball around the topic of empathy. They are encouraged to discuss how to stand in someone else's shoes show good listening and make skillful statements to others as they experience any of several emotions. The Thumball offers a fun way for students to discuss the topic of empathy which affects them personally, socially, and academically. 

Empathy training should be a fundamental part of any anti-bullying program. When students learn to better understand and appreciate the feelings and perspectives of others they become less likely to be bullies and more willing to reach out to any of their peers who might be bully victims.
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3 simple ways to teach kids to have empathy for others

3 simple ways to teach kids to have empathy for others | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Signs of empathic concern in children have been documented as young as eight to 10 months of age. Demonstrations of more obvious forms of empathy, such as showing concern when someone is crying, can be seen in toddlers. But like all aspects of development, the quantity and quality of this skill development can vary dramatically from one child to the next.

We do know that when children learn to be empathic early in their development, it can lead to much stronger empathy skills later in life as they become adults who treat others with kindness, respect and understanding. Empathic children can become empathic parents, spouses, co-workers and friends.

Empathy is not a fixed trait; it can be fostered. It can be encouraged and cultivated by empathic siblings, as well as adult caregivers. But empathy does take time to develop.

Parents, teachers and caregivers often ask how they can encourage young children to be more empathic. Here are some tips:

1. Model how to value feelings

2. Connect feelings, thoughts and behaviours

3. Build a ‘climate’ of empathy

 

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(Teaching Empathy) 4 Ways to grow in empathy according to Edith Stein

(Teaching Empathy) 4 Ways to grow in empathy according to Edith Stein | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

On the Problem with Empathy

 

Edith Stein is here to help. Recently we commemorated the 75th anniversary of her death in a Nazi death camp, where she was well known for her caring and empathetic attitude with fellow prisoners. Earlier in her life, Edith was philosophy student and her first major work was titled On the Problem with Empathy. Her insight into the topic has tremendous depth and, as her own life shows, has practical value. Here are some of the insights I’ve gleaned from her writing that are helping me grow in empathy

 

Get out of your own head
As is generally the case, I’m most comfortable in my own mind..

Notice others
This may seem simple, but to be empathetic, we actually need to notice other people....

Practice love
The best reason I can think of from the example above to put aside a deep, personal grief in favor of the joy of a friend is because I love my friend. ...

See persons, not labels
It’s much easier to write someone off and dismiss his motives and feelings if we have labeled him as part of a crowd....

 

 

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Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition Weekend of July 27-29 | Esalen

Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition Weekend of July 27-29 | Esalen | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
There is a powerful connection between your emotions, intuition, and empathy. The magic comes when you learn how to tap into each of them to fully access your sensitivities without going on overload or becoming drained. Join Judith Orloff to awaken your intuition and empathy to enhance your health, work, relationships, resilience as a parent, and emotional and physical well-being.

This workshop offers practical skills to help everyone, including health care practitioners, increase their empathy and intuition to improve the quality of their lives and their work with patients and clients in clinical practice.

Participants will learn how to:
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(Empathic Healthcare) Standardized Patients Play Active Role in Medical Education

(Empathic Healthcare) Standardized Patients Play Active Role in Medical Education | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
“Standardized patients are vital in helping us prepare our students for their future careers in health care,” said Mary Claire O’Brien, M.D., the Wake Forest medical school’s senior associate dean for health care education. “Our students are able not only to practice their clinical work but also to learn the importance of building relationships with their patients, empathizing with them and doing what’s best for them physically, emotionally and financially.”
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5 Ways to Teach Empathy for Children of All Ages  

5 Ways to Teach Empathy for Children of All Ages   | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

So how do we teach students to master a skill that’s rooted in emotion instead of fact?

Visual stimulation really helps students—anything where they can see, hear and experience what’s happening with other people. It helps drive home themes that are connected to social and emotional learning, including diversity, respect and social intelligence.

At Milton Hershey School, our pre-K to 12th grade students are learning how to be empathetic in and out of the classroom through creative activities that teach them to manage emotional and social situations. Take a look at five ways to instill empathy in students of all grade levels.

  • 1. Colored paper exercise...
  • 2. Movie clips...
  • 3. Role play exercise...
  • 4. Kindness campaign..
  • 5. Positive messages..

 

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Lesson Plans On Empathy Teaching Resources 

Lesson Plans On Empathy Teaching Resources  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Browse lesson plans on empathy resources on Teachers Pay Teachers, a marketplace trusted by millions of teachers for original educational resources.
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(Teaching Empathy) (Empathy in Education) Educators as Active Listeners

(Teaching Empathy) (Empathy in Education) Educators as Active Listeners | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
I have a few sayings I often use in my teacher education courses and PD workshops for teachers related to active listening. They include: If the teacher is doing more talking than the students, then this is a problem. One of the biggest gifts we, as educators, can give to our learners is to be…

 

Benefits of Active Listening

The benefits of active listening include:

  • Positive classroom culture which can lead to a positive school culture,
  • Improved teaching and learning,
  • Better teacher-student relationships,
  • Learners see themselves as active partners in their own education; they become more invested in their learning,
  • Learners feeling that they are in a safe environment where they are willing and able to express concerns, ask questions, ask for help, take risks.
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Benefits of Active Listening The benefits of active listening include: Positive classroom culture which can lead to a positive school culture,Improved teaching and learning,Better teacher-student relationships,Learners see themselves as active partners in their own education; they become more invested in their learning,Learners feeling that they are in a safe environment where they are willing and able to express concerns, ask questions, ask for help, take risks.
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(Teaching Empathy) End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: Create Safe Learning Climates

(Teaching Empathy) End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: Create Safe Learning Climates | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the webinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the Social-Emotional Learning, Positive Behavior, and Student Achievement community and go to the Webinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.

Bullying, alienation, and self-doubt should not—and need not—plague any students in our classrooms. In this edWebinar, a sought-after educational consultant offers proven, practical teaching practices that mobilize student empathy. Join us as Dr. Michele Borba shares proactive, no-cost strategies you can use the very next day in your classroom and can weave into existing lesson plans. You’ll learn:

How to create an emotionally safe learning culture to reduce peer cruelty and enhance respect and social responsibility
Simple cooperative strategies that boost student connection, increase learning engagement, and promote inclusion
Techniques to expand student perspective taking, cultivate empathy, and build social-emotional learning (SEL)

 

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(Teaching Empathy) How to Teach Doctors Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) How to Teach Doctors Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
While some people are naturally better at being empathic, said Mohammadreza Hojat, a research professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, empathy can be taught. “Empathy is a cognitive attribute, not a personality trait,” said Hojat, who developed the Jefferson Scale of Empathy, a tool used by researchers to measure it.

“The pressure is really on,” said psychiatrist Helen Riess. The director of the empathy and relational science program at Massachusetts General Hospital, she designed “Empathetics,” a series of online courses for physicians. “The ACA and accountability for health improvement is really heightening the importance of a relationship” between patients and their doctors when it comes to boosting adherence to treatment and improving health outcomes.
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(Teaching Empathy) Improving Medical Students’ Empathy | Empathy in Medical Schools

(Teaching Empathy) Improving Medical Students’ Empathy | Empathy in Medical Schools | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The decline in compassion, humanism, and empathy of medical students is a dire problem, as patients use these very characteristics to rate their satisfaction with their medical care. The next question that often arises is “Can people learn to be empathetic?”

 

An article in The New York Times titled “Can Doctors Learn Empathy”, says that yes, empathy can be learned and is not solely a hard-wired ability that someone is born with. Traditionally in the past, teaching empathy consisted of “lectures, role-playing exercises, and supervised practice in interviewing skills for medical students . . .” (Benbassat and Baumal 833).

 

In addition, medical students try to foster discussions among themselves about their patient encounters, and some medical schools have first-year students shadow patients or be admitted into the hospital for one day to have their own “hospital experiences”.

 

While these methods have increased empathy, empathy still declines during medical school and clerkships, so new methods of addressing this decline must be investigated.

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Empathy Toy Workshops  

Empathy Toy Workshops   | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Learn about Empathy Toy Workshops. Join LinkedIn today for free. See who you know at Empathy Toy Workshops, leverage your professional network, and get hired.

 

Introduce your team to the Empathy Toy with one of our expertly facilitated workshops. In these hands-on, discussion-driven and laughter-filled experiences, your team will use the Empathy Toy to arrive at powerful insights into how they collaborate,

communicate, and solve problems.

 

Every workshop includes a pre-workshop consultation to learn about the specific themes you would like to cover and the outcomes you are looking to achieve. Your first workshop also comes with a free Empathy Toy Facilitator’s Kit so you can keep the insights and fun going well beyond the end of your session.

 

Learn more at https://twentyonetoys.com/pages/professional-development-empathy-workshops

 

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(Teaching Empathy) Want A Better Future? Teach Evidence And Empathy!

(Teaching Empathy) Want A Better Future? Teach Evidence And Empathy! | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The reasons for children to develop and employ a critical perspective are timeless. Empathy should be a universal value that is reinforced in school.

 

Students’ need to understand and question the world around them is even more compelling today than it was twenty-five years ago. The global challenges that face humanity– peace; climate change; environmental degradation; economic, social and political inequality; sustainable development; health and food security– will get answered one way or another. What and how children learn in school will influence whether they contribute to solutions or become the hapless victims of the decisions of others.

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(Teaching Empathy) 12 toys that foster empathy

(Teaching Empathy) 12 toys that foster empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
  1. The Empathy Toy, At-Home Set
    Building shapes out of wooden pieces sounds easy enough—until the blindfolds come out. Designed to put your child into another person’s thoughts and encourage creative communication, this family version of the popular classroom game comes with multiple game templates and an intuitive Ways to Play map.
  2. Kimochis Mini Bella Rose
  3. Hape Eggspressions
  4. The Empathy Card Game
  5. Feeleez Matching Game
  6. Emotiplush Dolls
  7. Feelings in a Jar
  8. Learning Resource Conversation Cubes
  9. Generation Mindful PeaceMakers
  10. Guess How I Feel? Game
  11. Emotion Balls
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