CAPSTONE

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EMPATHY FOR THE INCURABLES

T H E   M I S S I O N

Helping children (ages 6–10) in the United States understand incurable diseases and the effects that they cause emotionally, mentally and physically. This way children will be able to adjust emotionally and exhibit effortful control over their reactions to the effects of incurable diseases. Once children understand those effects they will be more empathetic and accepting of the effects of the diseases upon those individuals.

IN RELATIONSHIP TO CHILDREN

Empathy requires three distinct skills: the ability to share the other person’s feelings, the cognitive ability to intuit what another person is feeling and a “socially beneficial” intention to respond compassionately to that person’s distress.

Empathy increases prosocial behavior, perspective and understanding.

Early experiences provide the base for the brain’s organizational development and functionality throughout life. Those experiences have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities.

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