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Bullying Students with Disabilities

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

First Edition

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

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
Test Yourself
2. Why Are Students With Disabilities Targeted?
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
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
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
Test Yourself
6. What Every Paraprofessional Should Know
Roles and Responsibilities
How to Intervene
Paraprofessional Handbook
Roles and Responsibilities in Bullying Prevention/Intervention
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
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
Test Yourself

Barry Edwards McNamara


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ISBN: 9789352806126