Empathy is a difficult behavior for middle school students and even older students to learn. Many people with autism spectrum disorders also have a very difficult time learning empathic behavior, which is a portion of theory of mind. This unit is all about helping students see a different perspective and looking at situations with comforting others and empathic behavior.
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In this unit there are:
30 photo cards that are very descriptive in nature.
30 corresponding question cards to help you.
The cards are designed to be printed on card stock and either glued with the picture on top with the questions on the back or separate-the choice is yours.
The pictures are so clear that they will also work well in black and white on regular paper., so this activity could definitely be no prep, print and go.
Current research from Teaching Empathy to Young Adolescents from Scott Tyrink, 2008. “…students don’t often think much about how others feel. How can we help our middle schoolers navigate through this self-centered storm toward a more empathic way of being? “ This unit will help you achieve this goal and work your way to help them recognize good behaviors and emphasize them instead of negative behaviors.
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