Unfortunately Dealing With Bullying In Special Needs Children is a fact we must have to face. Sadly, special needs children are often the easiest targets for bullies, and quickly become victims that struggle to defend and fight for themselves. As parents, teachers, friends and caregivers we must focus to provide our children with the best situations to fight off bullies and learn self acceptance.
DEALING WITH BULLYING IN SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
Educate caregivers to look for signs of bullying. A lot of special needs children will have communication difficulties. Whether it is a physical or mental difficulty, being able to clearly tell you they are being bullied may be tough. Make sure that you, your family, close friends and any caregivers involved in your kids daily life understand what signs to watch for. If you feel your child may have been bullied, you can then approach the topic and deal with it in the best way for their communication needs.
Invest in regular counseling sessions. Special needs children will have a multitude of obstacles to overcome. Regular sessions with a qualified counselor are highly recommended. Not only can a counselor help get to the bottom of any bullying issues, they can provide a place your child feels safe discussing these things should bullying occur. Giving them a safe outlet, as well as a professional opinion to help you stay abreast of any areas of concern. Counselors will give not only your child a safety net, but you one as well.
Look for special needs focused schools, clubs and camps. Sometimes it is simply best to move your child out of their current situation and into a more focused and specialized safe zone. If a traditional school situation is creating problems with bullying to a degree of strain you are uncomfortable with, then seek different options. Private schools, special schools for special needs children, homeschooling and tutoring are all options. An added bonus would be to look into outside groups to build peer support and self esteem with clubs and camps for your special needs child to attend.
Being a parent of a special needs child is a difficult task already without having to deal with bullying in special needs children on top of everything else. While you cannot change how everyone treats your child, you can educate yourself on ways to protect them and build them back up if an incident occurs. These tips are a great beginning for you to protect and help your child become the best they can be.
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