Teaching Children Empathy
- Teach students the value of empathy
Assist students in recognizing their own and others feeling
Instruct students how to exhibit understanding and acceptance
By Tonia Caselman, Ph.D.
Helping children develop greater empathy-related awareness and skills can help prevent negative social behaviors such as bullying, meanness, and alienation. Empathy is a fundamental social emotion because it brings a sense of emotional connection to others. It is this awareness that is not only basic to all healthy relationships, but also the root of pro-social behavior, altruism, kindness and peace. Empathy has cognitive, affective and behavioral components that can be learned and improved upon by children. Each topic-related lesson includes five inviting worksheets that can be reproduced and used repeatedly with elementary school-aged students.
Paperback, 132 pages. Recommended for grades K-6.
What is Empathy?
Knowing Your Own Feelings
Learning to Read Others Feelings
Temporarily Putting Your Own Feelings Aside
Making Supportive Statements
Doing Supportive Things
Making / Keeping Friends