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Bullying Students with Disabilities
Strategies and Techniques To Create a Safe Learning Environment for All



February 2018 | 148 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE

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 studies on bullying in schools, Barry McNamara provides a research-based overview to understand bullying. Additionally, this book shows how to identify bullies and victims and implement an effective and inclusive bullying prevention program.
Readers will discover:

  • What research says about bullying against students with disabilities
  • How programs typically fail to serve this population
  • A roadmap for an inclusive schoolwide program
  • Special intervention and coping strategies

Start down the road to create an inclusive and tolerant school climate where every student feels safe and valued.

“It has long been known that students with disabilities are targets for bullying or exhibiting bullying behavior. This book provides information on how teachers, paraprofessionals and parents can address bullying with students with disabilities within the schoolwide program to meet the individual needs of the child and create a safer school environment.”
— Barbara Hayhurst, Special Education Teacher
Lakevue Elementary, Nampa, ID

“Bullying of students with disabilities is often unaddressed in many schools. This book shines a light on a problem that often goes unnoticed and provides sound advice and guidance to all school-based staff.”
—Mary Reeve, Educational Administrator
Gallup McKinley County Schools, NM

 
Acknowledgments
 
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?
 
Gender Differences
 
Prevalence
 
Summary
 
Test Yourself
 
2. Why Are Students With Disabilities Targeted?
 
Introduction
 
The Nature of Disabilities
 
Classification of Students With Disabilities
 
Non-Categorical Approach
 
Classroom Placements
 
Summary Test Yourself
 
3. How to Identify Bullies and Their Victims
 
How to Identify Bullies
 
How to Identify Victims
 
Types of Victims Early Identification
 
Assessing the Problem
 
Summary
 
Test Yourself
 
4. Creating a Schoolwide Program
 
Components of an Effective Program to Reduce Bullying
 
Evidenced-Based Programs
 
Including all Students in a Schoolwide Program
 
Needs Assessment
 
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
 
Summary
 
Test Yourself
 
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
 
Address Cyberbullying
 
Summary
 
Test Yourself
 
6. What Every Paraprofessional Should Know
 
Roles and Responsibilities
 
How to Intervene
 
Paraprofessional Handbook
 
Roles and Responsibilities in Bullying Prevention/Intervention
 
Confidentiality
 
Summary
 
Test Yourself
 
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
 
Summary
 
Test Yourself
 
8. Teacher Supports And Techniques
 
Utilize the Existing PBS
 
Utilize a Collaborative Teaching Model
 
Create an Empathetic Classroom
 
Differentiate Instruction
 
Include Social Skills and Bully Prevention Into the Curriculum
 
Summary
 
Test Yourself
 
References
 
Index

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