Can't we all just get along? How to Respond to Bullying
In this video, Clinton Householder, an attorney focused on special education with Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. leads a discussion on:
- the motivation behind bullying
- the effects of bullying on the parties involved
- the steps a family can take to work with schools on bullying concerns
One out of every five school-aged children reports being the target of a bully during their youth. While anyone can be a victim of bullying, children with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be bullied than their typically-developing peers. Bullying can present in varying ways including physical bullying, verbal bullying, and cyberbullying, and all forms can have a devastating impact on the victim. Breaking the bullying cycle begins with creating an inclusive environment where all children understand what it means to be different from your peers. The resources in this guide can help you start or further the conversation with the children in your life about inclusion and acceptance.
Fostering An Inclusive Classroom Environment
- 25 Fun and Easy SEL Activities to Boost Social Skills
- 50 Tips and Tricks to Facilitating a More Inclusive Classroom
- Enough With Donuts With Dads and Muffins With Moms—Let’s Make All School Events Inclusive
Read, Watch & Learn
- The Cartoon Network partnered with the National Bullying Prevention Center to create a series of videos on inclusion. Watch the videos and then use the follow-up activities to check for understanding and continue the conversation.
- The documentary film Bullied: A Student, a School, and a Case that Made History, is a great starting point for older students to begin discussions about the real-life effects of bullying. The film has a companion guide with discussion prompts and activities for educators and parents.
- This book list, compiled by teachers and organized by audience age (youngest to oldest), includes fiction and non-fiction books with different perspectives on bullying.
- This list of books, compiled by the Akron-Summit Library in Ohio, can help introduce readers to characters with a variety of abilities and disabilities.
Friendship & Bullying Awareness Activities
- Teacher's Guide: Bullying (PreK-Grade 2)
- Drag Queen Story Hour
- Friendship Tree - Students will consider the value and role of friends and what they can do to make and keep them.
- Pyramid of Friendship
- Anti-Bullying Reflection Questions
- Stronger Together: Talking with Kids about Racism, Hate and Violence
Sensory-Friendly Environments & Inclusion
Protecting Students When Bullying Has Already Occurred
About the Autism Society of Greater Akron
The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is part of a nationwide network of affiliates with the Autism Society of America, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization. ASGA serves Summit, Stark, Wayne, Portage and Medina counties (OH) and works locally to achieve its mission --to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully.
ASGA is also a proud member of the Ohio Family Network (OFN), connecting people with disabilities and their families to local information and resources within their communities. OFN provides opportunities to share ideas, find solutions to common challenges and inspire and strengthen others.