Social and Emotional Focus: Developing Empathy

Recently, some our our teachers attended a conference on self-regulation and empathy with field expert Bob Sornson of the Early Learning Foundation. The following resource to develop empathy in the home and classroom was shared with our teachers, which we wanted to pass along to you.

1. Start with safety and security. Fear interferes with the development of empathy. Learn to set limits in the home or classroom with respect and love.

2. Regular family or classroom routines build a sense of predictable security for children. Well established routines also help children practice self-regulation skills.

 

by Emily Young