iF YOU HAVE A CHILD WITH A LEARNING dISABILITY, OR WHO IS A CHILD WITH adhd OR IS ON THE SPECTRUM, THE CHANCES ARE YOU or your child have experienced bullying. It is not Fair but it is a fact. Our precious Children are more prone to be the victim of bullying - and it can have serious consequences.
What can you DO? Educate yourself, your child and your school to the signs and strategies to deal with this.
Remember: Bystanders are part of the equation!
a good place to start is to watch 'Bully -The Movie'
Here is the Trailer-get out the tissue before watching:
Then find out how to do something about it:
Here are the results of a study of the prevalence of Bullying in our schools:
The Aspergers or High functioning Spectrum child is particularly vulnerable to bullying. Here is a good source of information:
Here are some other helpful links:
The Playground can be a Social Skills Minefield
Does this sound familiar -
"Last one picked, first one picked on" ?
You might find it advisable for your child to receive some assistance in this area. His social challenges are as real as his academic ones.
You Really Must See This Video
For a first rate presentation on Social Skills and LD, please see the Rick LaVoie video "The Coin of the Realm - Playdates". It is really, really good - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODxwotH5IEo&feature=related
For an article on Social Skills for an ADHD (or any LD) Playdate go to:
Another comprehensive collection can be found at LD Online:
Social Skills Therapy
There are probably social skills groups in your area -
Here are some local groups that can work with your child
SUPER KIDS is an established resource providing much needed services (they provide sib therapy too !) - http://www.superkidsct.com/
The Connecticut Center for Child Development - specializes in 'helping people with autism lead their lives' (they have an outreach program providing in home therapy) -
BRANCHES OF HOPE - provides services through a mentoring sort of program - - http://www.branchesofhope.org/
In the Hartford/Tolland Area there is
That promotes social sensory cognition therapy
While there are tons of materials out there addressing the needs of our 'exceptional' children, there is a void when it comes to addressing the very real challenges that our siblings have to face.
Unfortunately, there is little out there locally by way of support for our precious siblings
Here are some resources that may help you along the way:
Fortunately, STAR, inc. of Norwalk will be hosting SIBSHOPS starting in November
There website can be accessed here
A SIBSHOP sign up form can be downloaded here
The Sibling Support Project is a national group dedicated to the needs of the brothers and sisters of people with special needs - http://www.siblingsupport.org/
Here is a brief guidebook(kind of basic) -
The social skills therapy group Super Kids also offers sibling therapy (one on one sessions) - http://www.superkidsct.com/
Here Are Some Articles That Might Be Helpful In Understanding What Siblings Are Going Through
'Sharing Your Attention Evenly'
Here is a summary of a peer reviewed Study
This Study Reveals that Academic Affects May Extend to the Sibling
Other Articles of Interest:
There is a crying need for more support in this area - give your sibling a hug whenever you can !!! One might have attention deficit - the other should not have a deficit of attention !