Social Skills Video: Showing Empathy – Older

By Brittany Lehane October 7, 2015

This blog post is one in a series of entries outlining our social skills videos. Our social skills video library is up to 80 videos, each focusing on a social interaction that children and young adults has to face on a daily basis. All videos compare expected and unexpected behavior and show internal thoughts to get the perspective of everyone involved. Videos can be viewed on all your devices, including PC’s, Mac’s, iPad and Android tablets, and smartphones. To learn more about our social skills video library, head over to our main Social Skills Videos page.

54 - Showing Empathy Older_49Kate’s best friend is moving and she’s very upset. When Sarah finds out, she’s more concerned with the chicken nuggets she’s going to have at lunch. She talks to Kate like nothing’s wrong. Sarah learns about Empathy – putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. When she talks to Kate again, she shows Kate that she understands how she feels.

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Once students understand feelings they can move on to the more complex concept of empathy. They can learn that showing empathy will show they can be good friends. It’s one thing to understand how another might feel and once we can do that, we can take the next step to show that we care. For a group activity, you can give students different scenarios and ask them how they show empathy.

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