Roots of Empathy

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  • Children (ages 6-12) icon
  • Young Adult (ages 19-24) icon
  • Adult (ages 25-64) icon
  • Seniors (ages 65+) icon
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  • English
  • Healthy child development
  • Maternal and Infant Health
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  • Personal health practices and coping skills
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  • Social Relationships That Respect Diversity

Overview

Roots of Empathy is a school-based program for elementary school children that aims to promote mental health and prevent violence. At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom over the school year. A trained Roots of Empathy Instructor coaches students to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings. In this experiential learning, the baby is the teacher and a lever, which the Instructor uses to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. The program develops social and emotional competence, self-regulation, and executive function.

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