Bullying and Students with Disabilities: Strategies and Techniques To Create a Safe Learning Environment for All
Publication Year: 2013
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.
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- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 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
- Chapter 2: Why Are Students with Disabilities Targeted?
- The Nature of Disabilities
- Classification of Students with Disabilities (Categorical Approach)
- Non-Categorical Approach
- Classroom Placements
- Test Yourself
- Chapter 3: How to Identify Bullies and Their Victims
- How to Identify Bullies
- Types of Victims
- Early Identification
- Assessing the Problem
- Test Yourself
- Chapter 4: Creating a School-Wide Program
- Components of an Effective Program to Reduce Bullying
- Evidenced-Based Programs
- Including All Students in a School-Wide Program
- Needs Assessment
- Differentiating 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
- Maximize the Collaborative Classroom
- Test Yourself
- Chapter 5: What Every Teacher Must Do
- Know Your District's Policy
- Modify the School-Wide 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
- Chapter 6: What Every Paraprofessional Should Know
- Roles and Responsibilities
- How to Intervene
- How to Prevent
- Paraprofessional Handbook
- Roles and Responsibilities in Bullying Prevention and Intervention
- Test Yourself
- Chapter 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 Individualized Education Plan
- Use Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Best Practices for Parents
- When to Seek Professional Help
- Test Yourself
- Chapter 8: Teaching Supports and Techniques
- Utilize the Existing Positive Behavioral Supports
- Utilize a Collaborative Teaching Model
- Coteaching Models
- Creating an Empathetic Classroom
- Differentiate Instruction
- Include Social Skills and Bullying Prevention into the Curriculum
- Test Yourself
[Page ii]IN MEMORY OF URSULA MCNAMARA
DEDICATED TO LUCY AND LOGAN
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My work on this topic has been greatly influenced by parents of students who have been bullied in school and the victims themselves. Their willingness to share their experiences with me is very much appreciated.
Jessica Allan, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Corwin, has been remarkably responsive and supportive. She has provided valuable feedback throughout the entire process. I truly appreciate her advice and expertise.
This book is written in memory of my mother, Ursula McNamara, a woman of strong faith, who was optimistic and resilient—and quite a character! and it is dedicated to my grandchildren, Lucy and Logan. The world stops when I am with them. I find myself just staring at them, still amazed that I am their grandpa. Words cannot fully express the depths of my love for them. I also want to acknowledge the contributions of other members of my family. Much of my thinking on bullying is the result of collaboration with my wife, Fran. Together, we've written and spoken on the subject and worked directly with victims and their families. She has made invaluable contributions to this book, and her voice is present throughout. Her love and support have been reassuring constants in my life. I always know I can count on her to know exactly what I need, even before I know what I need. We are blessed with wonderful daughters, Melissa and Tracy. They have very busy, productive lives yet never fail to offer (and provide!) assistance to me. Their ongoing reinforcement, encouragement, and efforts on my behalf are very much appreciated. They exemplify the attributes of kindness, caring, and empathy in all they do. Finally, I want to acknowledge my son-in-law, Todd J. Hirsch, for his interest in and support of my work (and for Lucy and Logan!).[Page x]Publisher's Acknowledgments
Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following reviewers:
- Barbara Hayhurst, Special Education Teacher
Lakevue Elementary, Nampa, ID
- Kelli S. Kercher, Special Education Team Leader
Murray City School District, Murray, UT
- Mary Reeve, Educational Administrator
Gallup McKinley County Schools, Gallup, NM
About the Author
- Barbara Hayhurst, Special Education Teacher
Appendix A : Books on Bullying (For Students)[Page 123]
Appendix B : Useful Websites for Dealing with Bullying[Page 125]
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