SUPPORT THE AUTISTIC KIDS GUANGZHOU WELFARE CENTRE, GUANGZHOU, CHINALife Skills
LEARNING GOAL & PURPOSE
These thoughtful, young superheroes from Guangzhou Welfare Center, China teach us the power of empathy and compassion through their inspiring actions to help their autistic friends.
These kind kids exhibited an enduring quality of caring for their friends with special needs. Their thoughtful actions helped create a space of joyful experiences for the autistic kids.
Tell students that the lesson is about empathy and how everyone thinks it’s the same as sympathy. Explain the difference, so they get a better sense of the meaning of empathy - sympathy is feeling sorry for someone, empathy is understanding their struggle.
Ask them to give a few examples that explain the difference between the two.
Teacher Tip: Help them with forming examples if they are struggling. Introduce examples of showing empathy towards people with hearing/visual/physical disability.
DFC Video Activity:
Play the video DFC2015 China: Support the autism kids (http://bit.ly/2fRbm77)
Activity: Share your ideas!
Activity (Do you feel the struggle?):
Divide students into three groups. The first group will roleplay as hearing impaired, the second as visually impaired and the third as physically disabled. The following ideas can be used for the roleplay.
All students will write about what they felt/think they would have felt in their groups and then share with the other groups.
Teacher Tip: Select middle-order students for the roleplaying activity.
Closing the Loop and Assessment:
Emphasize the idea that: Treat people the way you want to be treated. Putting our self in somebody else’s shoes and trying to think from their perspective helps us develop interpersonal skills like empathy.
At the close of the session, ask the students to think, pair, share about 1-2 actions they would do differently after this lesson.
Ask the students to complete the following self-reflection using the following rating scale:
1 = Not Yet, 2 = Need Support, 3 = Making efforts, 4 = Almost a habit, 5 = I CAN
Suggested activity: Identify a global situation that can be prevented or reversed by the value of more empathy in people. What the 2-3 most important actions that you will carry out to encourage others to be empathetic for that good cause?