Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Special Needs
Recognize, Respond, Report
Special Education

Get the research-based interventions your K—12 school team needs to stop bullying in its tracks—and prevent it before it starts. This ready-to-use guidebook blends practical, proven strategies and tools with heartfelt advice from students who've experienced bullying.

Contains Companion Materials
79079 978-1-59857-907-9
2016 208
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Bullying in schools is a national problem that affects a high percentage of students with special needs. This ready-to-use guidebook gives K–12 educators, administrators, and school counselors the research-based interventions they need to stop bullying in its tracks—and prevent it before it starts.

Using a simple framework of 3 Rs (Recognize, Respond, and Report), you'll master the core components of preventing and addressing bullying and disability-based harassment at the district level, classroom level, and individual level. Practical, proven strategies and tools blend with heartfelt, real-world advice from students who've experienced bullying themselves. An easy fit with your existing initiatives, whether you use PBIS or a commercial anti-bullying program, this essential resource will help you create a safe and secure learning environment for all students to reach their full potential.

  • distinguish bullying from normal childhood conflicts
  • develop effective anti-bullying interventions for victims, bystanders, and students who exhibit bullying behaviors
  • address the current legal ramifications of disability-based harassment
  • weave social-emotional learning into your existing curriculum
  • establish a positive and welcoming school climate where respect and acceptance are the norm
  • collect and analyze data on bullying for data-based decision making and results-driven accountability
  • involve parents addressing the issues surrounding bullying, at home and at school
  • understand how teachers and staff may unwittingly contribute to a culture of bullying—and how to stop it

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Helpful implementation checklists for each chapter, plus practical tools such as a planning matrix, student and staff surveys, needs assessments, school improvement plans, and bullying reporting forms.

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I. Recognize: Bullying and Disability-based Harassment in Schools
  1. Prevalence and Definition of Bullying and Disability Harassment
  2.      Definition of Bullying
             Bullying Vs. Normal Childhood Conflict
             Disability-Based Harassment
             Implementation Checklist

  3. Types of Bullying
  4.       Cyberbullying
          Bully-Victim Dynamic
          Staff Mistreatment of Students with Disabilities
          Implementation Checklist

  5. Impact of Bullying and Harassment
  6.       Impact on Academic Achievement
          Impact of Parental Involvement
          Impact on School Safety
          Impact of Zero Tolerance Policies
          Core Components for Preventing Bullying and Harassment
          Implementation Checklist
II. Respond to Bullying and Disability-Based Harassment in Schools
  1. Research Based Interventions to Prevent Bullying in Schools
  2.       Nine Core Components for Bullying Prevention
          Multitiered Framework
          District and School-Wide Interventions
    Creating a Positive School Climate
              Social Emotional Learning
              School Safety Teams
              Parental Involvement
              Staff Training
                  Bullying Prevention
                  Staff Training Methods
    Additional District and School Level Interventions
    Implementation Checklist

  3. Classroom Level Interventions
  4.       Role of the Teacher
              Positive Learning Environment
          Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom
              Teaching Bullying Prevention Skills
              Class Meetings
              Implementation Checklist

  5. Individual Level Interventions
  6.      The Bystander
              Bystander Training
              Bystander Protocol
              Peer Mentoring
         Student who Exhibits Bullying Behaviors (The Bully)
              Graduated Consequences
         The Victim
              Educational (Individualized Education Program) Planning
              Teaching Appropriate Skills
         What NOT to Do
         Implementation Checklist
III. Report Bullying and Disability-Based Harassment in Schools
  1. Results Driven Accountability
  2.      Assessment Data
              School Surveys
          Focus Groups
          Implementation Checklist

  3. Bullying and Harassment Report and Investigation
  4.       The Report Form
          Investigating Bullying
          Determining Disability Based Harassment
          Implementation Checklist

  5. Data Analysis and Future Planning
  6.       Organizing the Data
          Annual Report to Stakeholders
          Implementation Standards
          Accountability Standards
          Implementation Checklist
      Appendix A
           Planning Matrix
      Appendix B
           Additional Classroom Management Interventions
      Appendix C
           Sample Dear Abbey Letters
      Appendix D
           Sample Social Narrative
      Appendix E
           Sample Bullying and Harassment Report Form
      Appendix F
           Bullying and Harassment Auditing Checklist


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Chad Rose, University of Missouri - July 14, 2015
“Offers a comprehensive evaluation of the state of bullying involvement among students with disabilities, and provides practical guidance ... I would recommend this book to any school that is attempting to establish or expand their bully prevention efforts.”
Mara Sapon-Shevin, Syracuse University - July 6, 2015
“A valuable addition to the anti-bullying literature … will be immediately useful for all those who work with marginalized students and those targeted for mistreatment.”
Randy Sprick, Director, Safe & Civil Schools - June 29, 2015
“A logical and user-friendly approach for school-based practitioners to be more aware of and be able to prevent and intervene with bulliying situations.”
Nicole Eredics, Inclusion Specialist, The Inclusive Class - June 29, 2015
“Look no further for solutions and strategies to prevent and address bullying of special needs students. Using a multi-tiered approach, this book outlines effective, practical ways to create bully-free environments for some of our most vulnerable students. A must-read for parents and professionals!”
Author: Lori Ernsperger
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