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Using the Empathy Doll Approach by Kirstine Beeley

Using the Empathy Doll Approach

Part of the Early Years Library Series


Using the Empathy Doll Approach by Kirstine Beeley

This book features a discussion of the definition of empathy, its historical roots and its use today. It looks at research which focuses on the links between lack of empathy and aggressive and antisocial behaviours and also the impact of developing empathy on decreasing these behaviours. It includes details of the development of the empathy dolls approach and some of the feedback on its impact upon children and their emotional development. A 'must' for anyone with an interest in empathy dolls and their role in early years settings!


'This book is full of case studies illustrating how empathy dolls have been used by early years practitioners, in nursery and childminder settings, to help children to explore common feelings and situations...includes advice on how to introduce a doll into your own setting and how to use it to build links between the nursery and home.'
Nursery World (September 2010)

About the Author

Kirstine Beeley is an ex-teacher with experience across a range of early years, primary and special needs settings. Now working as an independent trainer and writer, this working mum has a heart felt passion for child-centred early years and primary learning. The creator of the Empathy Dolls Approach, she now works closely with childminders and nursery and primary school staff for local authroities across the United Kingdom to promote children's emotional development, independence, and positive mental health.

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Book Info

Publication date

31st December 2009


Kirstine Beeley

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Featherstone an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


64 pages


Early learning / early learning concepts



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