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Bullying and Students With Disabilities

Strategies and Techniques to Create a Safe Learning Environment for All

Discover how bullying prevention programs typically fail students with disabilities. Find keys to develop and implement inclusive policies that address their particular needs.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452283180
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2013
  • Page Count: 152
  • Publication date: October 01, 2013

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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

Key features

  • Provides an overview of the research on bullying in schools and explains the key concepts of bullies, victims, and bystanders
  • Discusses the research regarding the incidence of bullying against students with disabilities
  • Explores the basics of typical schoolwide bullying prevention programs and demonstrates how these programs typically fail to serve as a helpful resource for students with disabilities
  • Presents a roadmap for implementation of a truly inclusive schoolwide program that serves the needs of all students
  • Includes examples of ways to modify the content and language of typical bullying prevention programs and use differentiated instructional strategies to create a prevention program that reaches all students
  • Provides teachers with guidance on specific intervention strategies and includes templates and checklists for program implementation and follow up
  • Describes the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals as they relate to bullying
  • Explains methods and techniques for teaching specific coping strategies to students who are victims of bullying
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author

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


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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



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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





Price: $39.95
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