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(Teaching Empathy) The Importance of Teaching Children Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) The Importance of Teaching Children Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It seems so simple, yet it is an essential (and often overlooked) skill children need to learn in order to develop into healthy adults.

 

As parents, it’s not always in the forefront of our minds, and some may find it a bit odd to think they need to actually teach their child empathy. Doesn’t it just come naturally? 

 

1. Make your parental expectations clear. ...
2. Identify Feelings...
3. Be a Role Model...

 

Chantal D. Hayes,

References:
Dewar, Gwen, Ph.D. (2009-2014). Teaching empathy: Evidence-based tips for fostering empathy in children. http://www.parentingscience.com/teaching-empathy-tips.html#sthash.HsaVK1hh.dpuf
 
Joyce, Amy. (July 18, 2014) Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/07/18/are-you-raising-nice-kids-a-harvard-psychologist-gives-5-ways-to-raise-them-to-be-kind/
 
Lahey, Jessica. (September 4, 2014.) Teaching Children Empathy. http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/teaching-children-empathy/?_r=0
 
VanClay, Mary. (2008). The caring child: How to teach empathy. http://www.babycenter.com/0_the-caring-child-how-to-teach-empathy_67146.bc
 
Weissbourd, Richard, and Jones, Stephanie. How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children. Harvard Graduate School of Education. http://sites.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/making-caring-common/files/empathy.pdf

 

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Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens

Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Teachers are uniquely positioned to teach empathy, which will help children not only discover personal success, but also contribute to the betterment of society.

 

When young people develop empathy, they not only thrive in school and life, but they also impact their communities in positive, often extraordinary ways.

Individual and societal success depends on raising and educating children who care about others. But we have misled today's children to believe that success is achieved through test scores, material wealth, and personal gain. In turn, there has been a measurable shift toward self-centeredness at a time when society depends more, not less, on people who give of themselves.

6 Empathy-Building Habits of Great Teachers
  • 1. Create meaningful relationships with students.
  • 2. Nurture children's self-efficacy through mentoring.
  • 3. Teach values associated with good citizenship.
  • 4. Inspire students to become their best selves.
  • 5. Expose students to different opinions and worldviews.
  • 6. Link curriculum to real-world service activities.

 

Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

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Animals with disabilities teach children about empathy, compassion

Animals with disabilities teach children about empathy, compassion | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue brought its non-equine rescues to Highland Acres to teach about the superpowers of empathy and compassion.

"By having the animals in, it's easier for them to make that connection between what is a bully, what is bullying and, with the animals here, how can it hurt them?" said Shannon Chaussee, Highland Acres teacher.

It wasn't just four-legged friends that did the teaching. Bullying survivor Kelsey Schulz described how her experiences with bullying affected her life.

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The Empathy Symbol: What the World Needs Now Is Empathy, True Empathy

The Empathy Symbol: What the World Needs Now Is Empathy, True Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The Empathy Symbol stands for reaching out to the “other” and then opening up to truly understand each other. Use the empathy symbol to indicate your support for a world in which we all can get along.

 

There are lots of ways to increase one’s empathy and understanding of people outside one’s own groups.

  • Travel to other countries
  • Read novels and nonfiction
  • Watch movies and TV shows about other cultures
  • Explore other points of view on the Internet
  • Listen to other kinds of music
  • Say "hello" and "how are you" to the clerk behind the checkout counter wearing the hajab
  • Ask the lady in the wheelchair sitting next to you at the school board meeting what she thinks of the issues on the agenda
  • Start a conversation with the cab driver who has a foreign accent
  • Try going to a different religious service—respectfully, of course
  • Send your kids to diverse schools. Invite their friends over to your house.
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Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook: A Practical Guide for Individual, Group, or Classroom Study:  

Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook: A Practical Guide for Individual, Group, or Classroom Study [Lucy Leu] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
Learning Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has often been equated with learning a whole new language. The NVC Companion Workbook helps you put these powerful
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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...

 

By Liz Loerke

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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...

 

By Amy Morin, LCSW

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Books to Nurture Empathy

Books to Nurture Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
How do we nurture empathy in our children?

 

If you have even glanced at any of my previous posts, you know my answer. One tried and true way is to read books to your kids—books that impart messages of compassion, not just for the weak or the suffering, but for anyone who needs a hand to grab on to at some singular moment in time; books that demonstrate how we can anticipate the needs of others and show us that even our small actions can bring comfort to our neighbors and friends.

 

All fiction reading builds empathy simply because it introduces us to ideas and worlds beyond our own—and this is so significant for our children. Kids love to insert themselves into the pages of their favorite books to discern how they would respond in the very situations they read about.

 

The more our little ones read, learn about others, and see themselves in stories conveying messages of empathy, the more this virtue will become an instinctual part of their behavior and character.

 

by Lauren Davis

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Compassionate Response Training

Compassionate Response Training | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Eventbrite - Jacob Savage presents Compassionate Response Training - Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Concrn, San Francisco, CA. Find event and ticket information.
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A BACK-TO-SCHOOL EMPATHY TOOLKIT : 12 Ways to Promote Kindness in the Classroom this Year

A BACK-TO-SCHOOL EMPATHY TOOLKIT : 12 Ways to Promote Kindness in the Classroom this Year | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

RULES OF KINDNESS:

Brought to you by: Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative in collaboration with generationOn,

 

Whether your school year has already started or you're still enjoying the last days of summer vacation, it's never too early to start thinking about how you can make your classroom a more caring and compassionate place. If you're drawing a blank on where to start, we've got you covered.

 

As part of generationOn's Rules of Kindness Campaign, we've partnered with experts like Ashoka's Start Empathy and Dr. Lynne Kenney to come up with 12 ways to make sure kindness has a seat in your classroom:

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Communicating with Empathy

Communicating with Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Communicating with empathy consists of six sessions that have been developed to promote sensitive and effective communication in end of life care.


Each session offers valuable, interesting and accessible learning that will be useful for informal carers, agency and care home staff, healthcare assistants and other staff providing end of life care.


Each session is designed to take 20-30 minutes to complete and the sessions can be completed in any order. The content includes interviews with professionals, patients and family members, video clips of simulated conversations and interactive exercises and quizzes.


At the end of each session learners can print or save a certificate which summarises the essential learning points.
Sessions:
1. Introduction to communication skills and how these are applied in end of life care
2. Making the most of listening
3. What do we mean by body language?
4. Responding to challenges in end of life care
5. Assessing and responding to communication needs
6. Examples of communication challenges: distractions in the workplace and communicating when there are language barriers

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How to Start an NVC Practice Group

How to Start an NVC Practice Group | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
It’s not enough to only study a new language. To learn it means also practicing it by talking and listening to other people who are using it as well. Learning Nonviolent Communication is no different.

Reading about it, watching videos or listening to people talk about it give a decent understanding. Workshops and journalling will boost your learning by providing opportunities to practice and reflect.

Most people find this is not quite sufficient and this is where the NVC Practice Group steps in. I’ve led and been part of several practice groups on my NVC journey and found them invaluable for deepening my skills in NVC and providing motivation to keep going.
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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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Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, September 20, 2016 3:17 AM

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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(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....

 

By Sherri Gordon

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