Sympathy is how you feel about someone else's situation. This differs from empathy because, with empathy, you can imagine or know how the person feels. Sympathy is all about your feelings regarding that
person's situation. There is often a fine line between the two, but both skills are important to your child's development. I often encourage families to listen, especially when a child is feeling sad. If your child is expressing a feeling, it's important that they felt heard. Often, as parents, we want to provide ideas on how to make it better and/or tell the child "you are okay." Just listen. Have your face match the emotions you see on
their face. By listening, they begin to understand their feelings are valid and important. This helps them learn other people's feelings are also valid and important. ~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
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