Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes Homework Assignment
Developing empathy is not an easy task for many individuals with Asperger’s. I believe observation is key. Individuals on the autism spectrum do not naturally observe others’ facial expressions, body language, actions, or interactions nearly as often, as attentively, or as effectively as neurotypical individuals do. This assigned task, following an included discussion on perspective taking and empathy, gives students practice at this kind of observation. This printable homework handout requires students to observe and describe two separate instances involving others, and then to write down their ideas of how they could have helped.