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Christ The King Primary School, Omagh, County Tyrone

Roots of Empathy Programme

Primary 5 with Baby Orlagh

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program used worldwide, that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.

At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks 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. This "emotional literacy" taught in the program lays the foundation for more safe and caring classrooms, where children are the "Changers". They are more competent in understanding their own feelings and the feelings of others (empathy).

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