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Bullying and Special Needs Children

By — National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities
Updated on Feb 17, 2011

NICHCY is pleased to connect you with sources of information for helping children with disabilities with respect to behavior. This Connections page focuses on bullying. Bullying is a serious problem with horrible consequences if left unchecked. The good news is that you can do lots to stop it. We hope that the resources listed below are useful to you in that effort.

This is only one of many Connections pages focused on behavior issues. That is because"behavior" is a huge topic. In order to make the subject more managable, we have split it up into separate pages, as follows:

If you want all of these separate pages rolled up into one resource you can print out, photocopy, and share with others, we've combined them all into: Behavior: The Works.

The list below isn't intended to be exhaustive of the behavior resources available for addressing bullying---it's ever-growing. We'll be adding to this page throughout the year, so check back now and again to see what's new!

Preventing Bullying

  • Do interventions work to reduce bullying in school?
    www.education.unisa.edu.au/bullying/intervention.htm
    This 66-page report from the the University of South Australia focuses on reducing bullying in preschool and early primary grades. The evaluation examined 13 studies from more than 8 countries. Similarities were noted in how to stop and reduce bullying. The report discusses the successes and failures of these different "reduce bullying" attempts. 
  • Untangling the myths: What the research tells us.
    www.nwrel.org/request/dec01/untangling.html
    Find out what is and isn't true about bullies. Learn how to identify a bully and a bullying victim. Get suggestions on how to stop bullying. 
  • Want to create an anti-bullying program at your school?
    www.nwrel.org/request/dec01/choosingcreating.htm
    Learn how to avoid potential pitfalls when starting a school-wide anti-bullying program. Find out how to choose a bullying prevention program that is right for your school. Print out the worksheet on creating an anti-bullying plan. 
  • Quick training aids for the prevention of bullying.
    http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/qf/bully_qt
    Planning on giving your staff training on bullying? Check out these talking points for conducting an inservice workshop. You'll find links to various research studies and papers on bullying. Get overviews, factsheets, tools, handouts, model programs, and additional resources. You'll also find overheads to use in your presentation.
  • What's a parent to do?
    www.pacer.org/publications/bully.htm
    Find out, and tell others, with "Is Your Child a Target of Bullying? Intervention Strategies for Parents of Children with Disabilities," a publication of the PACER Center. It's available on CD-ROM or on overhead color transparencies with a printed script($15 CD-ROM / $165 Color Transparencies with Script). The link above will tell you all about it.
  • More on what parents can do.
    www.schwablearning.org/articles.asp?r=697&g=2
    As a parent, would you recognize the signs that your child is being bullied? Or that your child was a bully? This article will help you do both and provides suggestions for what to do about each.
  • And when youth with disabilities are bullied...
    www.ncset.org/publications/viewdesc.asp?id=1332
    Consult this Issue Brief from NCSET (National Center for Secondary Education and Transition), called "Bullying and Teasing of Youth With Disabilities: Creating Positive School Environments for Effective Inclusion."
  • Newsletter on bullying.
    www.aboutourkids.org/aboutour/parent_letter/
    You won't wont to miss this newsletter from New York University (NYU) Child Study Center. The October 2003 issue is dedicated to Bullies and Victims: What a Parent Can Do. It is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.
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