As The Children’s Guild approaches three quarters of a century with a specialty in helping seriously behavior disordered children and youth acquire the skills to be successful in life, it has demonstrated its approach is effective at helping all children develop the skills to be successful in life. This was never demonstrated more effectively than under the COVID conditions with both the special education and regular education populations shifting to learning in the virtual world. The need to connect and reconnect is greater than ever. The importance of developing empathy - to walk in someone else’s shoes, put aside judgement and the ability to take someone else’s perspective – is emphasized as well easy-to-use tips for teaching it. Read more This video session helps child-serving professionals and parents become aware of the interventions needed to develop empathy in youth. Developing empathy in children and youth is a critical social emotional skill that is needed for a healthy personal and work life, as well as a strong defense in the fight against bullying. Presenter Kelly Spanoghe’s 35 years of educating behavior disordered children and youth, her clinical skills, her understanding of child and adolescent development, and her expertise in applied neuroscience, come together to provide answers to dilemmas you encounter as a parent and as a professional. The presentation provides 12 important tips that foster a child’s growth into an adult who is vulnerable enough to overcome shame and minimize the chance of acquiring a negative self-image. Her practical approach to child-rearing and intervention maximizes the chance of children growing up to honor the pain of others and become an empathetic person, spouse, parent, professional, employee, leader, and live a life of purpose.
Kelly Spanoghe, Ed.S.
Angelique McKoy, LGPC, NCC, CTP