Roots Of Empathy


Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based programme that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.


How Does It Work?

At the heart of the programme are a  baby 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", which the instructor uses to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.

The Roots of Empathy Instructor also visits before and after each family visit to prepare and reinforce teachings using a specialised lesson plan for each visit. 



Why Do We Do It?


In the short term Roots of Empathy focuses on increasing levels of empathy,

resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduces levels of bullying and aggression. In the long term it aims to build the capacity of the next generation for

responsible citizenship and responsive parenting 

Where is the programme running?

The programme is running in a number of schools in the Bray area. 

How do I get more info?

Please Call 01 211 6481 or



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