Does your bullying policy protect all students?
A 2007 study uncovered a shocking fact: 80% of children with learning disabilities are bullied at school. As schools implement bullying policies, are they doing enough to address the unique needs of this 80%? Drawing on extensive research on bullying in schools, Barry McNamara shows school leaders, teachers and parents how to identify and understand bullying and implement an inclusive bullying prevention program. Readers will discover:
- What research says about bullying against students with disabilities
- How programs fail to serve this population
- A roadmap for an inclusive schoolwide program
- Special intervention and coping strategies
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
About the Author
1. What is Bullying?
What is Bullying?
Who are the Bullies?
Who are the Victims?
Schools and Bullying
What Causes Bullying?
What About the Rest of the Students?
2. Why Are Students With Disabilities Targeted?
The Nature of Disabilities
Classification of Students With Disabilities
3. How to Identify Bullies and Their Victims
How to Identify Bullies
How to Identify Victims
Types of Victims
Assessing the Problem
4. Creating a Schoolwide Program
Components of an Effective Program to Reduce Bullying
Including all Students in a Schoolwide Program
Differentiate Content and Delivery
Vary the Method of Presentation
Use a Variety of Reading Material
Vary the Level of Difficulty
Teach Attending Skills
Teach Memory Skills
Managing the Collaborative Classroom
5. What Every Teacher Must Do
Know Your District’s Policy
Modify the Schoolwide Program
Provide Instruction for Dealing With Bullies
Create a Kind and Caring Classroom
Provide Resources for Your Students
Collaborate With Families and the Community
6. What Every Paraprofessional Should Know
Roles and Responsibilities
How to Intervene
Roles and Responsibilities in Bullying Prevention/Intervention
7. What Every Parent Should Know
Signs Your Child Might be a Victim
What Should You Do?
What To Do if Your Child is a Bully
Be a Good Role Model
Provide Social Skills Training
How to Deal With Cyberbullying
Use Your Child’s IEP
Use Section 504v of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Best Practices for Parents
When to Seek Professional Help
8. Teacher Supports And Techniques
Utilize the Existing PBS
Utilize a Collaborative Teaching Model
Create an Empathetic Classroom
Include Social Skills and Bully Prevention Into the Curriculum