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Bullying and Students With Disabilities

Bullying and Students With Disabilities
Strategies and Techniques to Create a Safe Learning Environment for All

November 2013 | 152 pages | Corwin
Bullying is a growing issue of concern and a harsh reality facing many of today's schools. Teachers, parents, and administrators are all grappling with how best to address the problem and create a nurturing and inclusive school culture. In Bullying and Students With Disabilities, Barry McNamara presents both the relevant research and the practical tools that educators and families need to understand bullying, identify bullies and their victims, learn how to cope with bullies, and take part in the implementation of an inclusive schoolwide bullying prevention program that truly meets the needs of all students.
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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  
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  

“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 school wide program to meet the individual needs of the child and create a safer school environment.”

Barbara Hayhurst, Special Education Teacher
Lakevue Elementary, Nampa, ID

"This book is a must have for all schools. Bullying of students with disabilities is often unaddressed in many schools. This book provides sound advice and guidance to all school-based staff. It shines a light on a problem that often goes unnoticed."

Mary Reeve, Educational Administrator
Gallup McKinley County Schools, NM

"Dr. McNamara provides an excellent reference for teachers, administrators and parents regarding bullying in schools. His thoughtful discussion of the implications for students with disabilities offers significant insights into how and why a youngster's disability may make them a target for bullying as provocative victims. Educators and parents alike will benefit from the subtle yet important distinction between a provocative victim and their bully."

Patrick Harrigan, Deputy Superintendent
Half Hollow Hills Central School District, Dix Hills, NY

"McNamara addresses classroom and playground teasing, taunting and physical aggression aimed at atypical students. 'There is a very limited but emerging body of research that suggests that students with disabilities are more likely to be victims than their general education peers,' McNamara writes. 'Why are students with disabilities more likely to be targeted? The most obvious reason is their vulnerability.'

The book goes on to suggest how to create a schoolwide bullying prevention program, detail what every teacher should do and outline intervention and coping strategies."

Beth Whitehouse, Writer

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1. What is Bullying?

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