Educational Value: In play as well as in therapy, the empathy dolls take the role of a loved person. They have a soft body and clear structure of the face with 'real' snub nose and they arouse affection, trust and natural care instinct. When designing the features of the face much emphasis was put on the eyes. A constant eye contact helps to develop a strong emotional bond which is the basis for learning social skills.
Empathy dolls have been shown to be very effective at developing emotional awareness in Early Years Settings Children need to be aware of not only their own emotions but be able to respond to the feelings and emotions of other people too. For children with special educational needs this can be particularly difficult and can hinder their ability to form relationships. Using Empathy Dolls may help to nurture these skills.
Elderly Care: Empathy dolls are a valuable support in demential care. The dolls have great personal charm when used consistently as they are heavy at 'the bottom' and they feel like holidng a real baby. When cradled they provide intimate eye contact which is essential for creating emotional ties.