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

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Barry Edwards McNamara

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    IN MEMORY OF URSULA MCNAMARA

    DEDICATED TO LUCY AND LOGAN

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    Acknowledgments

    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!).

    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

    Dr. Barry Edwards McNamara is a Professor of Special Education at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. He received his BA from St. Benedict's College, his MS Ed. from University of Kansas (Special Education: Learning Disabilities), and his doctorate from Columbia University's Teachers College in Special Education: Learning Disabilities. in addition to teaching at the college level, Dr. McNamara was a special education teacher in a self-contained classroom setting and a resource room. He was also a Learning Disability Teacher Consultant.

    He has published widely in professional journals and other publications and is the author of a number of books. He is the coauthor (with his wife, Francine J. McNamara, MSW, LCSW-R) of Keys to Parenting a Child with ADD(2 editions), Keys to Parenting a Child with a Learning Disability, and Keys to Dealing with Bullies. He is the author of three textbooks in special education, including the most recent, Learning Disabilities: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Classroom Practice(2007), published by Pearson. The books on attention deficit disorder (ADD) and bullying were translated into Chinese. His textbook on the resource room was translated into Japanese, and the learning disabilities (LD) textbook was translated into Korean.

    Dr. McNamara has made innumerable presentations to national, state, and local professional organizations and is a consultant to many school districts throughout the United States. His current consulting activities include developing and implementing coteaching programs for collaborative classes, developing and implementing behavioral interventions, and providing training on the identification and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He is also a frequent presenter on bullying at professional and parent organizations and serves as a consultant to schools on ways to implement school-wide bullying prevention programs that are accessible to all students.

  • Appendix A : Books on Bullying (For Students)

    Appendix B : Useful Websites for Dealing with Bullying

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