Empathy is an essential component to your child's social-emotional skill development. It's important for children to understand what others are feeling and/or experiencing. This is based on your child experiencing a similar situation and/or can imagine what the other person felt. Books are a great starting point when helping a child better develop empathy. As you read a story with your child, encourage a discussion about emotions ("Her mommy left. I wonder how she feels? Maybe she is sad. You were sad when I left"). The more a child is able to see similarities between themselves and others, the more likely they will be to develop strong empathy skills. Tomorrow I will discuss sympathy. ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist