Empathy in Education (K-3)
The Empathy in Education Program is a positive, proactive and preventative social sensitivity program that teaches healthy interpersonal skills, encourages mutual respect and engagement, and builds emotional intelligence.
Through the awareness and practice of mutual empathy, behavioral problems such as bullying, social alienation and rejection, violence, and depression can be prevented.
Helping young children develop these healthy skills will be more effective than trying to correct for deficits in later childhood and adolescence. It focuses on emotional/social skills development, which is also very important for children on the autism/aspberger’s spectrum.
It guides teachers in creating empathic classroom environments which simultaneously helps to improve student academic performance.
The program is intended to help students and teachers engage in new, ongoing “ways of being-with-others” that can be practiced and integrated throughout the school year and beyond.
Extending Empathy to Your Home
Extending the awareness of empathy to the child’s home life is a very important part of integrating the social skills the child is acquiring. Allowing the children to take their books home to read with their parents presents an opportunity for parents and children to connect in new ways.
As parents help their child become more empathic, they will also gain awareness about the importance of empathy in day-to-day interactions and in their own parenting styles.
Parents who learn and practice empathy will enhance their child’s development, improve their relationship with their child, and create a healthy and safe environment where their child can thrive.
Empathy at Home
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EW Programs for School & Home
Empathy Buddy Program
The Empathy Buddy Program is a mentoring program, pairing an older student (4-6 graders) with a younger student (K-3 graders). Each “Empathy Buddy” pair meets for 20-30 minutes six times to go over material for "Empathy Buddies in Action".
To provide an opportunity for children to experience a new and positive social interaction.
To expose younger children (K-3rd grade) to the concept of empathy and to increase awareness of empathy in older children (4th-6th grade).
To provide younger children an opportunity to look up to, and admire an older child.
To provide older children an opportunity to feel special, admired, and valuable in having some-thing to offer a younger child.