What Can I Do if My Child is Bullied?

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Circulation: 93,087
ISSN: 1538-320
November 5, 2013

bullying studentIf you don't think bullying is a big problem, please think again. At Wrightslaw, we get letters every week asking advice about what to do when children are bullied... by peers, by older students, even by teachers.

Kids who have learning disabilities are especially vulnerable to bullying problems. When kids bully or, when kids are bullied by others, there are serious, lasting consequences.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find information about bullying and harassment, prevention, legal decisions about harassment, and effective ways to respond to bullying.

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Bullying, Discipline, & Confidentiality: Who's the Victim?

A special education teacher asks how much information about bullies should a school provide? Pete and Pam answer in Confidentiality v. Parent's Need to Know.


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Social Skills Deficits: When Peers Avoid and Tease

"Is the School Required to Provide Social Skills Training?" My daughter with autism needs help with social skills - 90 minutes of social skills counseling a month isn't working!

When a child needs help learning to interact with friends and react appropriately to teasing or bullying, the school must address these functional needs in the IEP.


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US DOE Guidance on Bullying

Read the US Department of Education guidance on school districts’ responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities who are subject to bullying continue to receive free appropriate public education (FAPE) under IDEA.


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What Works (and doesn't work) in Bullying Prevention and Intervention

More information for kids, articles, resources, free pubs at Bullying and Harassment.

In Preventing Bullying, Linda Lumsden identifies some of the warning signs, examines the problems caused by bullying, and discusses strategies to prevent this pervasive problem.


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